• No Gun Control Needed – New Police Tactic Cuts Gun Related Crime in Cedar Rapids

    January 27, 2017

    Overall crime is on the rise in Cedar Rapids, Iowa but so-called “gun violence” has dropped significantly in the last year. The success is not the result of new gun control laws, but rather a new policing strategy that focuses attention on individuals who are most likely to commit crimes with a gun.

    In 2016 the number of shots fired calls in Cedar Rapids dropped by 14% compared to the year before. The number of homicides also dropped. This is the first time in three years that the number of shots fired calls has decreased. After 2015 there were numerous calls for strict gun control measures, yet the Cedar Rapids Police Department took a different approach, one that did not involve restricting the rights of non-violent, law-abiding Cedar Rapids residents.

    Cedar Rapids’ Police Chief Wayne Jerman credits the drop in gun crime to the creation  of a new community based approach to gun violence. In 2016 CRPD created a five person Police Community Action Team (PCAT). Officers assigned to the PCAT are sent out into the community to build relationships, identify problem areas and key players in gun crimes and gather intelligence used to target those committing crimes with a gun. One year later the results are in, this tightly focused community based approach works. Gun crime is down at a time when overall crime has been on the rise in Cedar Rapids.

    According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette the number of all criminal offenses in Cedar Rapids increased from 15,045 in 2015 to 15,469 in 2016 – an increase of nearly four percent. More specifically, other types of crime not directly related to firearms stayed consistent or increased in 2016. Yet the number of gun related crimes dropped significantly. The Gazette reports the following trends for non-firearms crimes:

    Burglary: 1,005 reported offenses, up from 999 in 2015.
    Assault: 1,319 reported, an increase from 1,272.
    Vandalism: 1,116 reported, compared with 1110 in 2015.
    Drug violations: 1,529 reported, an increase from 1,373.
    Thefts: 3,811 reported in both 2016 and 2015

    The results of Cedar Rapids’ community based approach to targeting gun crimes mimics what other communities around the country have found. When properly staffed and funded, intelligence based, community policing that focuses on the bad actors reduces gun crime in a big way.

    This style of policing and community outreach gained national attention in Boston in the mid-ninety’s after it led to a 63% decrease in youth homicides. Labeled “Operation Ceasefire” in Boston, this approach to gun violence was dubbed the “Boston Miracle” after logging so much success. Even more encouraging, the results have been replicated in numerous other communities. Stockton, California saw a 42% reduction in monthly homicides by gun. Indianapolis, Indiana reduced the number of monthly gun homicides in their city by 34%, and assaults involving a gun dropped by 44% in Lowell, Massachusetts after they implemented their own version of Operation Ceasefire. The program has been named by the US Department of Justice as one of only five crime reduction programs that’s proven effective. Now Cedar Rapids, Iowa appears to have discovered what so many other communities have learned, tightly focused community based policing that focuses on those most likely to commit gun violence works.

    Gun owners and civil rights advocates alike should applaud and encourage this approach to solving the “gun violence” problem in their community. Solid, repeatable gains can be made in reducing crimes associated with firearms while still respecting and not infringing on the rights of non-violent, law-abiding citizens.

    In short, reductions in so-called gun violence can be achieved without infringing on the right to keep and bear arms of vast swaths of non-violent Americans.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition lauds the Cedar Rapids Police Department’s PCAT members and the city’s new approach to community based policing. We hope to see continued reductions in firearms related offenses and hope that other communities in Iowa and throughout the country recognize the impact this style of policing can have.


  • State of Emergency Declared in Cedar Rapids

    September 27, 2016
    (Tiffany Rushing/The Courier via AP)

    (Tiffany Rushing/The Courier)

    State of Emergency 2016 Cedar Rapids

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the surrounding area are once again looking at historic flooding. The situation is bad enough that Mayor Ron Corbett has declared a state of emergency in Cedar Rapids. Homes along the flood plain are being evacuated, an 8 p.m. curfew has been put in place and “law enforcement will be challenging anyone in these areas and you will be subject to arrest.”

    In short, the situation is not looking good and the city is doing everything they can to keep things in order. Yet during these times of crisis, these states of emergency, there are elected officials in Iowa who think residents should be disarmed exactly when their right to keep and bear arms is needed most.

    Last year with the help of Representative Greg Heartsill we introduced House File 2280, the Emergency Protection Act.

    This bill would have prohibited the confiscation of firearms, ammunition, and other Second Amendment rights during a “disaster emergency proclamation” or “public disorder” declared by the governor, or any other state official, or any community within the State of Iowa. In essence this bill would have kept Hurricane Katrina style confiscation of firearms from happening in Iowa.

    We talk about this bill in the past tense because even though it easily passed the Iowa House of Representatives 67-31 with bi-partisan support, the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Steve Sodders of Marshall County refused to bring this bill to the floor for a vote. They didn’t vote no on it, they simply refused acknowledge it even existed. We’re working reshape the Iowa Senate so that good bills like this will actually get to see the light of day and get a vote. To see what we’re doing and help us make a change in the Iowa Senate visit our political action page www.IFCPAC.com

    What does this mean for flood victims in Cedar Rapids?

    Well, it means that right now if the Mayor of Cedar Rapids or the Governor of Iowa were to declare it was necessary to confiscate firearms from Cedar Rapids residents law enforcement and the National Guard could start going house to house disarming law-abiding residents stripping them of their constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms, all at a time when that right is critically important.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition wants this to never happen to the people of Iowa. You should be free to have the means to defend yourself and your loved ones when times are good, but especially when times are bad. Unfortunately Senate Democrats and Steve Sodders’ Senate Judiciary Committee have blocked our efforts to protect your ability to protect yourself during times of emergency.

    Here’s a perfect example from ABC News of what we’re trying to avoid in Iowa:

    Finally, let’s be absolutely clear, law enforcement in Cedar Rapids have done a phenomenal job of keeping the peace thus far. But there’s no denying it, this flood is straining Cedar Rapids. That begs the question, what happens if things go south? What happens if there’s a levee break? What happens if mandatory evacuations are required? Police officers will no doubt have their hands full moving people out of the flood zone. But that also leaves the rest of the city vulnerable as emergency response times will no doubt get stretched out longer and longer.

    Whether it’s a breached levee, mandatory evacuations, or looting no one wants to see any of this happen. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared and able to deal with any of these scenarios. And it certainly does not mean law-abiding Iowans should ever be denied the ability and means to protect themselves in this or any other state of emergency.

  • Legislative update week 16 – Sine Die

    May 1, 2016
    Legislative update week 16
    Sine Die

    Iowans-

    Friday night the state legislature adjourned “sine die” for 2016. This means lawmakers have closed out this year’s legislative session and have no plans to meet again until 2017. The Senate chose not to allow a vote on the Privacy Protection Act, and killed that bill like they have so many other pro-gun owner bills in the last 6 years. As we’ve pointed out before, this bill, HF2314, would benefit more than a quarter million Iowans. It is also endorsed by Iowa law enforcement, and it passed the House by an astounding 97 to 1 vote. Yet despite all this, the Democrats in control of the Senate said the bill “needed fixing” and refused to allow a vote on this bill. This course of action is something we Iowans are unfortunately way too familiar with.

    Despite this, the Iowa Firearms Coalition and our allies were able to secure two noteworthy victories this year. We legalized suppressors and legalized ATV carry. This is more progress on the pro-Second Amendment front than has been made in the last 6 years. We’re proud to be able to reclaim a bit of liberty and we’re proud to have led the charge for these pro-freedom bills. But our work is FAR from over.

    If you’re satisfied with the way Senate Democrats have deliberately mishandled pro-Second Amendment bills, continue doing nothing. But if you’re like us, frustrated with the fact that we have to fight tooth and nail for every for pro-gun owner bill, then we need you to stay active. We’re facing a major election season, and we’re poised to flip the Senate and shake up the Iowa legislature. Now that the session is over, we’re not slowing down. We’ll soon be rolling out specific plans, easy things we all can do, that’ll help us flip the Senate and greatly improve the odds for pro-gun owner legislation in the Iowa legislature. But know this, we’ll only be successful if we can build a ground swell of active supporters. That means doing more than just casting a ballot in early November.

    If we fail you can expect to see the same anti-gunners running the Iowa Senate in 2017 and 2018. If you want to see change, you need to do your part to bring it about. We’re working hard on our end, but our success is directly tied to your involvement. Our active followers are a tremendous resource during the legislative session, now we hope to continue to harness your energy for the upcoming campaign season.

    We sincerely thank you for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without your support. There’s a reason why IFC is the most respected Second Amendment organization in Iowa, and that reason is the thousands of you who keep close tabs on Iowa’s elected officials. Now we just need you to keep up the momentum and help us make some much needed changes in the legislature.

    Thank you so much. More updates to come!


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Permit to Carry 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. 

  • 2016 Designated Marksman Challenge

    April 23, 2016

    2016 Designated Marksman Challenge
    April 30th and October 8th
    Colfax Range
    9AM start
    $15 entry fee

    Shooters will be broken up into groups and cycled through each stage.
    Shooters will get into position and make ready
    A horn will sound and shooters will have 2 minutes to locate and shoot each target for the stage
    Targets will be marked with a Color and number
    Hit or miss, scoring
    Horn will sound at 2 minutes
    Shooter will empty and show clear

    We will rotate through shooters and stages until everyone is done.

    All 3 rifle stages and the pistol stage will be hot at the same time.

    We’re shooting mostly 5″ circles, so the accuracy challenge isn’t too high. But your positions will be unfamiliar to most and your working against a clock.

    We’re aiming for a safe, fun match and nothing more. If you’re a competitor on a national scale, you’re going to laugh your way to first place… but if your shooting is mostly limited to bench work, this will be a fun challenging match.

    Dates are April 30th and October 8th.

     

    Email JoelAC1989@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

    Please include the number of shooters and spectators you plan to bring to the event.

     

    Match starts at 9AM at the Colfax Range

    946 W 120th St S
    Colfax, IA 50054

    $15 entry fee

    What You’ll need:
    Centerfire Rifle, speed limit of 3100FPS
    30 rounds of Ammo for the 3 rifle stages
    Centerfire Pistol w/extra mags
    Holster and Mag pouch
    30+ rounds Pistol ammo
    Eye and ear protection

    Bring any Snacks or Drinks you may need.

     


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Permit to Carry 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 Senate Democrats Change Bipartisan Gun Bills

    March 12, 2016

    Breaking down the recent Senate amendments

    The Senate Judiciary and Natural Resources committees recently approved the ATV Carry Act and Privacy Protection Act. These two bills, and the Hearing Protection Act, are now eligible for a vote before the full Senate. But there’s a very large asterisk next to the ATV Carry Act and the Privacy Protection Act. Both bills were passed out of committee with an amendment, and in both cases the amendments greatly undermine the original intent of the bills. Rather than drum up a bunch of incendiary rhetoric we’ll simply lay out the amendments, a few facts about the bills and why the Iowa Firearms Coalition opposes these measures. Then you can decide for yourself whether or not the Senate Democrats were right to start monkeying with these bills. We hope that this will help you as you contact your legislators about these bills, and help you convince your friends and family to do the same.

    CLICK HERE to send an email to your Senator telling them to VOTE NO on these amendments!

    ATV Carry Act

    This bill was designed to allow Iowans to carry their firearms on ATVs, snowmobiles, and other off-highway vehicles in the same way they are allowed to carry their firearms in cars, tractors, or motorcycles. Under current Iowa law you’re committing a crime if you carry a firearm on ATV, snowmobile, etc., in any way other than unloaded and in a case. Even if you have a valid Permit to Carry.

    House File 2283, the ATV Carry Act, passed the Iowa House of Representatives 78 to 20 on February 23rd. When the Senate Natural Resources Committee got a hold of it they promptly amended this bill. Their originally proposed amendment does the following:

    -Makes the bill only apply to pistols and revolvers (long guns must still be kept unloaded and cased)
    -Requires the use of a “retention holster” (but does not define what a retention holster is)
    -Removes a provision that allows landowners to carry on an ATV or snowmobile without a Permit to Carry, so long as they remain on property they own or possess
    -Inserts a prohibition on shooting from an ATV or snowmobile under any circumstances (the original House version prohibited shooting from the vehicles while “hunting or attempting to hunt”)

    In our testimony to the Senate Natural Resources subcommittee, IFC voiced strong opposition to these unnecessary changes to the House approved language of the bill. We were able to convince the subcommittee members to reinsert the provision allowing persons to carry unrestricted on their own property. This is a vital correction, as it is anticipated that rural landowners will be the primary beneficiaries of this legislative reform.

    When HF2283 came before the full Natural Resources Committee, Senator Ken Rozenboom (R-Oskaloosa), offered an amendment that effected the changes listed above, but with the corrective language regarding private property. In addition, Sen. Rozenboom included a provision that would allow Iowans to carry loaded and uncased long guns when operating their vehicles on land they own or possess. In making the case for this provision, the Senator used the example of a cattleman who might come upon a coyote attacking a calf and needing immediate access to his firearm. (IFC has not yet seen the language of this amendment, but we believe this explanation to be accurate.) The amendment was approved without objection by the full committee, which then approved the bill with only Sen. Bolkcom (D-Iowa City) voting in opposition.
    Though the amendment was improved in committee, it raises immediate questions: What constitutes a “retention holster?” Aren’t all holsters considered retention devices? They’re designed hold our weapon in a safe way, right? Who get’s to define what is and is not a “retention holster?” These are all valid questions that the Senate Democrats have left unanswered, and that’s a very big problem. Then there’s the fact that this amendment only applies to handguns.

    CLICK HERE to send an email to your Senator telling them to VOTE NO on these amendments!

    Privacy Protection Act

    This bill does a number of things, but most notably it makes it so that permit holders in Iowa can keep their private information (name, date of birth, address, etc.) private. Right now anyone can request the private information of all 250,000+ permit holders in Iowa. This is a problem when the media in Iowa collect all this information and publish or broadcast this information for no other reason than because they can. This bill, House File 2314, would curtail that, but it also cleans up and solidifies a handful of questionable provisions in Iowa’s Permit to Carry law that was passed in 2010.

    The amendment to this bill, passed by the Democrats on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee does the following:

    -Requires a proficiency test for all future Permit to Carry applicants (range test would be mandatory)
    -Eliminates the option of online training for a Permit to Carry
    -Institutes a “loser pays” system for permit denials & suspensions (if you’re denied a permit, appeal the ruling, and a judge rules in your favor your sheriff will have to pay your legal fees)

    There are several things to consider on this amendment. First off, the loser pays system is a provision that IFC supports. But outside of that the rest of this amendment leads to a lot of questions Senators would prefer you didn’t ask. Questions like: what other rights do we as Iowans enjoy that require a proficiency test? Do you need to pass a test to go to your place of worship? No. Do you need to pass a test before you can speak publicly? No. Do you need to prove your ability before you can go vote? Nope. Now, we might joke on occasion about ‘low information voters’ from time to time, but the fact is there’s no specific level proficiency you must prove before you can vote. Can you imagine the fit the Senate would throw if a bill was put forward requiring a proficiency test for voters? It would be epic. So considering all this ask yourself, why should your right to keep and bear arms be any different? Take it one step further and ask yourself when has a private citizen in Iowa ever been required by state law to pass a proficiency test to exercise their Second Amendment right? The answer is never.

    Fundamental issues with the proficiency tests aside, this amendment would severely limit Iowans’ ability to obtain quality instruction. This is because there is currently a very distinct shortage of public shooting areas in the State of Iowa, which means if this amendment were passed the only instructors that would be allowed to teach Permit to Carry classes would be those who have access to a range. In addition, this amendment blocks a citizen’s ability to take a classroom Permit to Carry class with one instructor and take a proficiency test at a range with a separate instructor. In short, this amendment would severely cut into Iowans’ gun safety training options. Make no mistake, the Iowa Firearms Coalition encourages in the strongest possible terms that all Iowans to seek out high quality firearms training. But private citizens should be free to seek out training as they see fit, not be forced into an arbitrary set of demands established by a handful of non-carrying, non-gun owning legislators.

    Don’t lose sight of the voting record on this bill either. On February 23rd, this bill sailed through the Iowa House of Representatives 97 to 1. Republicans, Democrats, urban legislators, rural legislators, everyone but one stick in the mud in the House voted for this bill. On top of that, the lone representative who voted no on this bill didn’t even feel strongly enough about it to get up and speak in opposition. Not a single word of opposition about this bill was spoken! So what’s changed between then and now? One thing, the bill now resides in the Senate chambers, and for some reason those in power in the Senate Judiciary Committee feel the need to meddle.

    As if that meddling was not bad enough, we’d like to remind you of one final fact. Iowa’s law enforcement groups have all registered in favor of this bill as written. The Iowa Police Chiefs Association, Iowa Peace Officers Association, Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association, all of these organizations representing law enforcement all throughout our state have endorsed the bill as written. The men and women who are sworn to keep us safe believe in this bill, and yet for some reason the Senate Democrats seem to think know how to protect Iowans better that Iowa’s law enforcement officers…

    Draw your own conclusions about these amendments, but make sure you know the facts. And when you hear someone telling you these amendments “strengthen these bills” make sure they know the facts as well.

    CLICK HERE to send an email to your Senator telling them to VOTE NO on these amendments!


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Permit to Carry 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. 

  • Iowa Gun Groups Donate $5,000 to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

    February 26, 2016

    Gun groups doing good in the community.

    A coalition of Second Amendment advocates in Iowa recently just donated more than $5,000 dollars to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. A variety of means were used to raise the donation funds. Mitchell Arms and Ammo of Muscatine, Iowa and members of the Iowa Firearm Owners Alliance and the Iowa Firearms Coalition donated cash and merchandise to a general fund. Merchandise was auctioned off or given away as door prizes to donors with all proceeds returning to the general donation fund. The fundraising efforts netted more than $3,350 dollars.

    That $3,350 St. Jude donation was funneled through a WLLR Radio telethon fundraiser. The money was put up as cash match for any donations made by WLLR listeners. This more than doubled the impact of the gun owner’s donation to St. Jude. As a donor to the telethon WLLR made the Iowa Firearms Coalition, Mitchell Arms and Ammo and the Iowa Firearm Owners Alliance each “Angels of the Hour” throughout their two-day telethon. This “Angel of the Hour” status meant that WLLR listeners were enlightened with pro Second Amendment messages while listening to their favorite country music and donating to St. Jude’s. Here’s an example:

    At the check presentation on Friday, February 26th the collection of gun owners were recognized during a live interview on WLLR.

    Fighting for freedom. Fighting for kids.

    This donation to St. Jude’s will be used  to advance cures, and prevention, for catastrophic children’s diseases.

    All of the donors, organizers, and participants of this fundraiser are pro Second Amendment. It’s no secret that there’s a coordinated, nationwide effort to paint gun owners as callous, racist and selfish people who don’t care for anyone else but themselves. This movement is backed billionaire 1%’ers. But while these anti gunners go out of their way to sling mud at NRA members and anyone who believes in their God-given and constitutionally protected rights, gun owners in Iowa are selflessly donating thousands of dollars to charity and the fight to end childhood cancer.

    Think about that for a second. These aren’t “gun nuts” or radicals. These are everyday Iowans, Americans, and just plain old regular citizens, all united by their love of freedom. But also united by a common commitment to their community, and a desire to make the world better in ways that don’t require the shredding of their rights. This kind of behavior is more common than many non-gun owners care to acknowledge. Contrast that with #GunSense groups like Mom’s Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, Iowans for Gun Safety and so on… When was the last time you heard of them donating to anything like St. Jude’s?

    The point is simple. Don’t believe the hype and don’t believe the anti gun owner propaganda being pushed by the national media and gun control groups that feed them stories of cold, callous, selfish gun owners.

    We are taking a stand for our freedoms. We’re doing good in the community. We’re not stopping.


    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.

  • Legislative update week 5

    February 14, 2016

    Legislative update week 5

    Iowans-

    It’s been another busy week on the Second Amendment front. While there’s been little movement in the legislature the Iowa Firearms Coalition has been working hard behind the scenes to further our cause.

    Monday we partnered with the National Rifle Association, the American Suppressor Association, SilencerCo, and CrossRoads Shooting Sports to hold a suppressor education day for Iowa’s legislators and media. We had lawmakers from both sides of the aisle from both the House and the Senate in attendance. All of our guests walked away with a new-found appreciation for these devices. This video of WHO-TV’s Jannay Towne shooting a suppressed .22 pretty much sums up everyone’s response from the day.

    This week we also finally got the tally of who voted for and against the pro-gun bills advancing through the House of Representatives. We’ve posted the list for each bill, including the contact information for each legislator. If you haven’t already please take a moment to thank those who voted to advance these bills. If you wish to contact those who opposed these bills we ask that you do so in a respectful manner. We’ve already received word that some of those who opposed the bills initially have gotten more information and may end up voting in favor of them when this legislation is brought before the entire House.

    Also, don’t forget, February 23rd is our Second Amendment Day in the Iowa legislature. The day begins at 8AM. The House of Representatives gavels in at 8:30AM and the Senate begins their day at 9:00AM. There’s a chance we could see votes on the pro-gun bills in House as early as 10AM.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition will be providing t-shirts, talking points, and valuable information to those who join us. We’ll also be joined by the National Rifle Association and the American Suppressor Association. Please make plans to attend, and bring a friend or two as well!

    Finally, we must address a recent post of ours that has collected a remarkable amount of attention. Late last week KWWL ran a heavily promoted and heavily edited story titled “The Gun Test.” In it a KWWL anchor brings in several young children, their parents and a Lieutenant from the Waterloo Police Department. The officer makes it clear the gun is unloaded, but repeatedly reminds the viewer this is still “an actual weapon.” The gun is placed next to a pile of toys and the children are left unsupervised. Just as the anchor intended the kids quickly found the gun and began pointing it at one another EXCEPT for the two who come from families that own guns.

    It’s a powerful story that dramatically drives home the importance of talking to your kids about what to do if they come across a gun. But “The Gun Test” was also illegal under the Iowa law that blocks family’s right to teach their kids to shoot handguns. This law seriously hinders a parent’s ability to address a child’s natural curiosity. The Iowa Firearms Coalition believes Iowa families should be able to exercise their rights without fear of committing a crime. We also believe gun owning families should not have to wait until their children are 14 to teach them proper respect for firearms.

    In the strongest possible way the Iowa Firearms Coalition encourages families everywhere, whether they own guns or not, to talk to your kids about what to do if you find a gun. The National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle program is an outstanding resource for all families. It teaches kids to:

    1. Stop
    2. Don’t touch
    3. Run away
    4. Tell a grown-up

    KWWL’s Gun Test story was intended to scare parents into talking to their kids about guns. But it also highlights the rediculousness of Iowa’s youth shooting law. With your help we’re working to change that. The Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act recently passed a House committee vote 17 to 4 with major bipartisan support.

    If you believe you have the right to teach your kids to shoot when they prove they’re ready, not when a handful of lawmakers think so, please contact your legislators and urge them to support the Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act.

    More updates to come. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Iowa Firearms Coalition!


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Permit to Carry 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. 

     

  • Legislative Update – Week 3

    January 31, 2016

    It’s been a remarkable week in the Iowa legislature, particularly in the House of Representative’s Judiciary Committee. Monday the Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act passed its subcommittee vote. Tuesday the Hearing Protection Act passed its subcommittee vote. And Thursday the ATV Carry Act passed its subcommittee vote. This means we now have four bills awaiting votes in the full judiciary committee (the Emergency Protection Act passed its subcommittee vote a week ago), and expect more to be introduced.

    For the latest information on each of these bills, including a list of which lawmakers will be voting on these issues next, head on over to our 2016 Iowa Legislative Session page.

    This week also saw a noteworthy development on the national stage. Michael Bloomberg, the anti-gun movement’s sugar daddy recently announced that he’s seriously considering a run for president. He’s allegedly prepared to spend $1 billion dollars of his own money to self-fund his campaign. Bloomberg, the Godfather of Gun Control, thinks he could enter the race as a “moderate candidate” and take the White House. It sounds like a farce, but it’s possible.

    Bloomberg’s announcement shines a light on a major problem here in Iowa. There’s zero mention of the people of Iowa’s right to keep and bear arms in our state constitution. We’re one of only six states in the entire country without a right to keep and bear arms clause in our state constitution. This oversight could prove disastrous should we ever find ourselves with another President Clinton… or President Bloomberg. The link below has more information about this situation and what the Iowa Firearms Coalition is doing to right this wrong.

    And finally, we’re extremely proud to announce this year’s Second Amendment Day in the Iowa Legislature will be held on February 23rd. The Iowa Firearms Coalition has organized a legislative action day in the state capitol and it’s open to any and all pro-Second Amendment advocates in Iowa.

    Come out, meet IFC’s lobbyists and leaders, meet your fellow Second Amendment advocates, but most importantly meet your legislators and make your voice heard in the absolute best way possible, face-to-face.

    This year’s Second Amendment Day will be on a Tuesday, so the legislature will be in session. Which means your legislators won’t be able to ignore the mass of Second Amendment advocates in the capitol. So circle that date and start making arrangements to bring a truckload of friends. Once again this year’s Second Amendment Day will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd.

    2/23… 2.23… .223… see what we did there? 😉 More details about what time to be in the capitol and what to expect will be released soon. For now please hit the link below and sign up to join us at the capitol!

    Thanks for your ongoing support Iowans!


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Permit to Carry 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. 

  • Michael Bloomberg exposes a MAJOR problem for gun owners in Iowa

    January 29, 2016

    Michael Bloomberg Iowa Firearms Coalition

    Bloomberg ’16?

    Gun control extraordinaire Michael Bloomberg made headlines recently after announcing he may run for President of the United States. Bloomberg is under the impression that if Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders end up as the party nominees for the Republicans and Democrats he could run as a ‘moderate’ independent candidate and win the White House.

    Hillary Clinton has been falling over herself trying to cram gun control down American’s throats. Not to be outdone Bernie Sanders has taken his already questionable record on gun control and doubled down on how he’d infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners and the Second Amendment. As bad as that sounds imagine what life would be like under a Michael Bloomberg presidency, the 1% godfather of gun control who’s bankrolling our nation’s gun control movement. Not a pretty picture. Now imagine if any one of these three were elected president and got to select the next Supreme Court justices. Things could turn south for gun owners faster than classified documents get deleted from Hillary’s unsecured email servers.

    BIG problems for Iowans

    Bloomberg’s proposed presidential run exposes a very real problem we have here in Iowa: our state constitution has no mention, of any kind, of the people’s right to keep and bear arms. The state constitution protects pretty much every other right of the people of Iowa (free speech, religion, speedy trial, etc..) EXCEPT the right to keep and bear arms. There’s literally no mention of it.

    Iowa is one of just six states in the country that does not have the equivalent of the Second Amendment in its state constitution. What does that mean? More importantly, why is this something we should care about? Well… imagine there’s a President Michael Bloomberg… or a President Hillary Clinton… then imagine what kind of lengths they’d go to to erode the Second Amendment at the federal level. Because Iowa has nothing in its state constitution guaranteeing the people of Iowa’s right to keep and bear arms, we would have no legal protection from infringements on the federal Second Amendment.

    Constitutional Amendment

    Amending the Iowa Constitution is the only way to make this situation right. But that’s easier said than done. Amending the state constitution isn’t like getting a bill signed into law. Amending the state constitution requires that a proposed amendment be voted on and approved by both the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate. This has to happen in two general assemblies of the Iowa legislature, so this process could theoretically take up to four years just get this measure on the ballot. Then, and only then, is the proposed amendment placed on a statewide ballot and it’s then up to the people of Iowa to vote on it.

    It’s a very difficult row to hoe and we have our work cut out for us. But if we can re-shape the landscape in the Iowa legislature and knock Iowa’s gun-control caucus from power our chances of passing this amendment go up significantly.

    The anti-gunners in the Iowa legislature know a constitutional amendment is a goal of ours. Defeating it is a written goal of theirs. They’re perfectly fine leaving you open to federal gun control measures. But they’re also hedging their bets. They recognize that if the constitutional amendment movement begins to really take hold they’ll have to do something, anything in their power, to make that amendment as weak as possible in order to leave the door open for future gun control measures.

    For years they’ve filed bills that would put a weakly written right to keep and bear arms amendment in the Iowa constitution. They’ve just never moved them forward as there’s been little support for a constitutional amendment from the pro-gun owner crowed. As firm believers in the people’s right to keep and bear arms the Iowa Firearms Coalition will be doing everything we can to make sure we get an amendment that is airtight with ZERO wiggle room for anti-gunners to infringe on Iowan’s God-given right to keep and bear arms.

    Anti-gunners have already tipped their hand. We’ve seen the wording they want to use if push comes to shove. If they’re forced to do anything regarding a constitutional amendment they’ll almost certainly push for an amendment that simply mirrors the current Second Amendment in the U.S. Bill of Rights. On the surface this sounds great, “…shall not be infringed.” But that’s unacceptable. Way too many people think the Second Amendment is about hunting. Way too many people think “well regulated militia” means only the military. Way too many people think the right to keep and bear arms is not an individual right.

    We have an opportunity to make the right to keep and bear arms crystal clear in Iowa and we intend to do just that.

    Improving “…shall not be infringed.”

    Here’s the exact language of the Second Amendment:

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

    As we said, that sounds great. But if we have a chance to improve upon that, we’d be stupid not to. So, here’s what we want to see written into the Iowa Constitution.

    “The right of the people to keep and bear arms, as herein expressed, shall not be infringed. The right of an individual to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms to defend life and liberty and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental and shall not be infringed upon or denied. Mandatory licensing, registration, or special taxation as a condition of the exercise of this right is prohibited, and any other restriction shall be subject to strict scrutiny.”

    Getting this language enshrined into the Iowa Constitution will be a monumental task. But the work, and the stress, and the campaigning required to make this happen will pale in comparison to the constant threat of more gun control measures coming down from ‘on high’ from a President Bloomberg or another President Clinton.

    Sound the alarm

    44 states have a right to keep and bear arms provision in their state constitutions. How Iowa failed to get this right in the original state constitution pre-dates all of us. But the important thing is that we get this fixed ASAP.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition has been pushing for this for years. But we need your help. We need you to help us educate Iowa’s firearms owners about this gross oversight. We’re here to protect and enhance the rights of all 3+ million Iowans, but the only way we can do that is if we have a groundswell of support. That wave has to start somewhere and we need that to be you. Make a constitutional amendment a personal priority. Explain this situation to your friends and family. Tell them you want to see your right to keep and bear arms written into the Iowa Constitution, and tell them who’s helping you make it happen. We’re here to help, but we need all of you to help raise the alarm about this critical issue. This is the biggest fight we can pick, and if it starts to take off we expect the anti-gunners to pullout all the stops. We’ll need each and every gun owner in Iowa to help push this over the finish line and into the Iowa Constitution.


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Permit to Carry 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. 

  • Week Two in the Iowa Legislature

    January 24, 2016

    Week Two in the Iowa Legislature
    A solid start to 2016

    Iowans-

    In the last week we’ve seen plenty of action on the Second Amendment front in the Iowa legislature. When we emailed you last there were four solidly pro-gun owner bills that had just been filed for 2016. Since then a fifth bill has been filed in the Senate that would allow deer hunters to carry a handgun for their own protection while out deer hunting. It’s been dubbed the “Hunter Protection Act” and you can find a brief overview and a link to the bill on our 2016 Iowa Legislative Session page.

    Other bills already filed for 2016 include:

    Late last week a House Judiciary subcommittee voted 2-1 to advance the Emergency Protection Act, and it now goes before the entire House Judiciary Committee. It’s encouraging to see an IFC backed bill already advancing.

    Subcommittee votes on the Hearing Protection Act and the Youth Safety and Parental Rights Act are expected to take place early this week. We also expect to see additional pro-gun owner bills introduced soon.

    Reminder: we also have our Advocacy Campaign up and running over in our Legislative Action Center. This tool lets you email your legislators about pro-gun owner bills in less than 60 seconds. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s free. There’s no reason you should not be voicing your Second Amendment support to your legislators. Please take action today to help us defend the Second Amendment rights of all Iowans. Once you’re done forward this valuable link to your family and friends.

    As always we’ll be alerting you to any important updates or breaking news related to Second Amendment issues in Iowa.

    Thanks for your continued support!


    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.