• Review & Preview – Week 2 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    January 25, 2015

    Quote of the week:
    “The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.”
    -James Earl Jones

    Fellow Iowans-

    We’ve wrapped up week two of Iowa’s legislative session, and we’re beginning to see the first signs of movement on Second Amendment issues. A few bills, some good some bad, have already been introduced. This is just the beginning though, the Iowa Firearms Coalition along with the NRA have been working diligently behind the scenes on some very significant bills. They will be introduced soon, when that happens we’ll need help from each and every one of you. Stand ready Iowans!

    Week 2 recap:

    Good news first. Representative Matt Windschitl has introduced two bills that will provide important protections for our Second Amendment rights. More specific details on each of these bills can be found on our 2015 Legislative Session webpage.

    HF45 – Emergency powers
    This bill would prohibit the confiscation of firearms, ammunition, and other Second Amendment rights during a “state of emergency” or “public unrest.” In essence this bill would keep Hurricane Katrina style confiscation of firearms from happening in Iowa.
    HF59 – Preemption cleanup bill
    This bill amends Iowa Code 724.28 which says local municipalities and governing bodies cannot supersede state firearms law, and adds a means to penalize anyone that attempts to trump the state law.

    Now for the bad news. A very small contingent of anti-gun legislators have introduced a trio of bills that can best be summed up as the “Michael Bloomberg Gun Control Wishlist.” Fortunately several other key legislators have assured us the passage of these bill is highly unlikely. That’s thanks in very large part to your ongoing contact with Iowa legislators. Keep it up!

    HF70 – 10 round maximum on magazine capacity
    This bill would make it illegal to buy, sell, or trade any magazine that held over ten rounds of ammunition. Under this bill anyone caught transferring magazines with a capacity over 10 rounds would be subject to a fine of up to $6,250.HF76 – Barring transfer of all semi-automatic firearms
    This bill would make it a felony for anyone to buy, sell, trade or transfer a semi-automatic firearm in Iowa. Punishment would include up to 5 years confinement and up to a $7,500 fine for first time offenders. Repeat offenders would face up to 10 years confinement and a $10,000 fine.HF77 – Universal background checks
    Under this bill anyone selling or transferring a firearm must go through an FFL who is mandated to run a NICS background check, regardless of the relationship of the buyer and seller. Punishment would include up to 2 years confinement and a fine of up $6,250.

    What you need to know:

    As we mentioned, the Bloomberg Gun Control Wishlist stands very little chance of gaining any traction. Regardless of that fact we’ll be keeping an extremely close eye on their status and update you as needed.

    More importantly, there’s a pair of pro-Second Amendment bills that have already been introduced but more are coming. Once they’ve all been introduced and assigned to a legislative committee we’ll put out the word on who you need to contact in order to help ensure their passage.

    These bills will be very ambitious and will take a serious amount of work. We’re fully committed to doing our part, but when the time is right we will need you to back us up with a flood of emails, phone calls, and conversations with Iowa’s lawmakers.

    What you can do right now:


    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,
    Sheena Green
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports.Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.

     

  • IA Attorney General Endorses Extreme Gun Control Measures

    August 12, 2014

    Iowans, we’ve been let down once again by our state’s Attorney General (AG). A short time ago AG Tom Miller joined 7 other states and the District of Columbia to file an amicus curiae brief in support of New York state’s infamous SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013). What’s does “amicus curiae” mean? Literally translated the Latin phrase means “friend of the court.” These briefs are unsolicited, and intended to support one side or another in a legal challenge. Unfortunately for Iowa’s residents our Attorney General Tom Miller took it upon himself to support some of the most strict, overly regulatory gun controls laws anywhere. Miller, an eight term Democrat who’s up for reelection in November, joined AGs from California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Oregon on the legal filing. Notice a trend amongst that group? That’s right, they’re home to some of the most overbearing gun control regulations in the country. It’s important to note that an amicus curiae brief (fortunately) has no bearing on Iowa law. The real cause for concern is that Miller, an elected official representing our state and its 3 million residents went out of his way to support this terrible piece of gun control legislation. One can only imagine what New York inspired gun control measures Miller would like to see here in Iowa.

    What can we do?

    1. Write or call Tom Miller and explain your frustration with his decision to endorse New York’s SAFE Act. Remember to be civil and respectful.

    Iowa Attorney General
    1305 E. Walnut Street
    Des Moines IA 50319
    Phone: 515-281-5164
    Fax: 515-281-4209
    E-Mail comments to: webteam@ag.state.ia.us
     

    2. Oust Miller from Iowa’s Attorney General office. As mentioned earlier, Miller is up for reelection this year. Because so few people understand the role an attorney general plays, often times voters opt not to vote for an attorney general candidate while at the polls. This go around, let’s make our disdain for Miller’s gun control wishes known by sending Miller packing. On election day we here at IFC won’t forget Miller’s gun control wishes, and we’re hoping you won’t either.

    3. If you haven’t already, join us! Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer organization. We are the very definition of grassroots. We have one purpose, protect Iowans 2nd Amendment rights. The best thing you can do is become an official member. But if you can’t do that, at least join our free email list (we excessively spam you, and we won’t sell your info). While donations are much appreciated, we’re not here to raise money, we’re here to fight and our best asset is our core group of intelligent, freedom loving Iowans. Election season will soon be upon us, and we need as many allies as possible.

    What’s so bad about the SAFE Act?

    New York’s SAFE Act was rushed through the New York legislature in the aftermath of the 2012 Newtown tragedy. Many facets of the SAFE Act were unknown at the time it was voted into law, and as a result many of its provisions have been deemed simply unenforceable. Many freedom loving New York residents have vowed to not comply with the new law. New York’s SAFE Act includes the following:

    • Residents must register all so-called “assault weapons.” This applies to new purchases, and any existing firearms already owned by New York residents. Residents must also re-register these firearms every 5 years.
    • Definition of an “assault weapon” broadened to include any firearm with one or more cosmetic feature (pistol grips, flash hiders, bayonet mounts, etc.).
    • Ban on the sale of all so-called “assault weapons” within the State of New York.
    • Ban on so-called “high-capacity magazines.” No firearm shall take a magazine that holds more than 7 rounds. No grandfathering of existing magazines is permitted.
    • Background checks required on all ammunition sales.
    • Universal background checks for all firearms sales.
    • Ban on all internet firearms sales.
    • Law enforcement may preemptively seize a resident’s firearms without a warrant or court order if that person is deemed mentally unstable.