• GUN OWNER ALERT – Iowa Media Scrambling to Harvest Permit Lists

    April 12, 2017

    Iowans-

    We’re getting word from pro-Second Amendment sheriffs that media outlets around the state are mounting a last-ditch effort to harvest the personal information of Permit holders in Iowa. They’re scrambling because the second Governor Terry Branstad is done signing his name on House File 517 it will be illegal for anyone other than law enforcement to collect the personal information of Iowa’s Permit to Carry and Permit to Acquire holders.

    Right now it is critical that YOU reach out to your local sheriff’s office and explain the situation. Under House File 517, Division 6 permit issuing officers “shall keep confidential personally identifiable information of holders of professional and non-professional permits to carry weapons and permits to acquire pistols or revolvers.”

    Permit Privacy is something the Iowa Firearms Coalition has been working on for years. We’ve seen Iowa media outlets like the Des Moines City View newspaper publish the names of thousands of Permit to Carry holders. We’ve also seen the dangerous repercussions of this incredibly irresponsible behavior. Iowa Firearms Coalition members in Polk County have had their homes broken into and had their firearms and nothing else stolen after their personal information was published in print and online. After being outed in the local paper an IFC member in Dubuque County was singled out and eventually fired by his anti-gun employer for having a Permit to Carry.

    Iowa’s media have lobbied and worked extremely hard to block our Permit Privacy bills, but with HF517 we’ve beaten them. Now they’re spitefully working on a last ditch effort to harvest YOUR information for their benefit. Sadly if they succeed, law-abiding Iowans will be victimized.

    Protect your personal information. Contact your local sheriff’s office and kindly explain to them that under HF517, the Omnibus Gun Bill about to be signed by the governor, Permit to Carry and Permit to Acquire holders information shall be kept confidential. This includes Freedom of Information Act requests from the media. This provision of HF517 is effective immediately. So if a sheriff releases any information after the bill is signed they will be violating state law.

    We expect the governor to sign HF517 into law before the end of the week. We’ll of course be providing an update as soon as the bill is signed. In the meantime, please contact your sheriff’s office and urge them to decline all requests for permit holder’s personal information.



     

  • IFC Backed Bill to Add Second Amendment to Iowa Constitution Introduced

    January 10, 2017

    Twenty-nine lawmakers in the Iowa Senate wasted no time introducing the most important pro-gun owner bill of 2017. Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR2) was introduced on the opening day of Iowa’s 2017 legislative session. This bill would add the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (RKBA) to the Iowa Constitution. This bill is critical because Iowa is one of only six states in the entire country whose constitution does not include a RKBA clause.

    Other gun owners will try to convince you there’s more important gun legislation to work on but the fact is without a RKBA provision in the state constitution every single pro-gun law in Iowa is in danger of being wiped out by judicial activism or a runaway legislature. Stand Your Ground, Constitutional Carry, your Permit to Carry – all pro-gun owner legislation requires that citizens have a guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. Right now you, the People of Iowa, are living without this critical protection.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition wholeheartedly endorses SJR2 and encourages ALL Iowa lawmakers to pass this bill as quickly as possible. Our members routinely hear legislators on both sides of the aisle talk about how they “respect the Second Amendment,” now these lawmakers have a perfect opportunity to put their money where their mouth is by adding RKBA language to the Iowa Constitution.

    Finally, make no mistake, the Iowa Firearms Coalition will be working to pass additional pro-gun owner legislation this session. Here’s an in-depth preview of our agenda for 2017 – SNEAK PEAK: Stand Your Ground, Constitutional Carry, Bowhunter Carry and much more are all on the list.

    IFC and our members are primed to make history in the weeks and months to come. If you respect the Second Amendment, if you want to see your Right to Keep and Bear Arms written into the Iowa Constitution, if you believe freedom is worth fighting for then join us. Become an IFC member and help us make history. Freedom starts here.

     

  • Legislative update week 13

    April 10, 2016


    Legislative update week 13

    Iowans-More positive news to report on the pro-gun owner front in the Iowa legislature. This week House File 2283, the ATV Carry Act, was signed into law by Governor Terry Brandstad. HF2283 will go into effect on July 1st. On that date all Permit to Carry holders will be legally allowed to carry handguns while riding ATVs, snowmobiles and other unlicensed vehicles.

    This session we’ve been able to improve Iowa gun laws in two meaningful ways, legalizing suppressors and ATV carry. But there’s still an opportunity to score a third win, one that’s truly significant and impacts every single Permit to Carry holder in Iowa. The Privacy Protection Act, HF 2314, is waiting on a vote on the Senate floor. It’s already passed the House 97 to 1, it’s passed the Senate Judiciary Committee process, and it’s just waiting to be called up for a vote.

    If signed into law the Privacy Protection Act would put an end to the media and others having unrestricted access to the personal information on your Permit to Carry or Permit to Acquire. As you may recall this is a very real problem, as mass media in Iowa have published the personal information of thousands of law-abiding permit holders, and unless we pass this bill we have no reason to believe they’ll stop this irresponsible practice in the future.

    There’s a problem though, Senate Democrats are trying to “improve” the Privacy Protection Act by amendment, but what they’re actually doing is watering down this bill and trying to insert unnecessary and unprecedented measures.

    We need your help to put a stop to this meddling. Use our Advocacy Campaign tool to send a pre-written email to your Senator telling them to pass HF2314 as written. Once you’ve done that, we need you to tell other permit holders about this situation and press them into action.

    Also, we’ve got a machine gun shoot scheduled for June 10th, 11th & 12th at SureShot Range in Mt. Auburn. Mark your calendars, this is an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often!

    Finally, don’t forget, IFC life memberships are on sale through May 1st. $500 marked down to $300. Visit membership.iowafc.org/ to support the Iowa Firearms Coalition and become a member. If you can’t afford a life membership you can always become an annual member for $35. Use the coupon code “Suppressors2016” to receive your life membership discount. NOTE: if you’re a current IFC member looking to upgrade to a life membership email us at “membership@iowafc.org” to apply your coupon code.

    More updates to come. Thank you for supporting 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. 

  • ATV Carry Act Signed Into Law

    April 6, 2016

    ATV Carry Act Signed Into Law
    Iowa's ATV Carry Act - 2016

    Iowans-

    This morning Governor Terry Branstad signed House File 2283, the ATV Carry Act, into law! This means after July 1st it will be legal for Permit to Carry holders to carry their pistols and revolvers while riding ATVs, snowmobiles, and other unlicensed vehicles. As some of you may remember this bill was watered down by Senate Democrats, but the passage of HF2283 is still a significant improvement over the way things were at the start of this session (when you couldn’t carry at all when riding).

    You can read the full text of the bill HERE.

    Privacy Protection Act

    While we have your attention, please take 60 seconds to email your senator about HF2314, the Privacy Protection Act. If you have a Permit to Carry or Permit to Acquire this bill has a direct impact on you. The Privacy Protection Act puts an end to the media & others having free rein to collect and publish the private information of permit holders in Iowa.

    The bill has passed every hurdle except a vote in the full Senate. We’ve set up a new Advocacy Campaign that makes it easy to email your senator urging them to pass HF2314 as written. This campaign has been getting a lot of traffic and it’s making an impact. The Privacy Protection Act has a very real chance of getting passed through a full Senate vote this session, but that’s only if we continue to push this issue to the forefront. We’re not through yet, we need you to keep fighting!

    Email your senator right now, then forward this to anyone else you know who has a Permit to Carry and get them to do the same.

    More to be done

    After we passed the Hearing Protection Act we promised you we weren’t through fighting. Today we delivered another victory for Second Amendment advocates in Iowa. We’re plenty excited, but the Iowa Firearms Coalition is not done fighting. Not by a long shot. We’ve still got lots of work to get done, so we’re making you the same promise we made after we legalized suppressors: IFC has no plans of backing down now, and we will not slow down. We’re not going to take any breaks. We’re proud to be fighting to protect and enhance the rights of all 3+ million Iowans, and we know that deserve everything we’ve got. We’d love for you to join us.

    More updates to come. Thank you for standing with 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. 

  • Breakdown: Who Voted For & Against the Omnibus Gun Bill in Iowa House of Representatives

    April 9, 2015

     

    Recap of yesterday’s Iowa House vote: House Passes Omnibus Gun Bill, AGAIN. Senate To Get A Mulligan.

     

    Voted AGAINST the Omnibus Gun Bill – 25

    Ako Abdul-Samad

    Marti Anderson

    Liz Bennett

    Deborah Berry

    Timi Brown-Powers

    Dennis Cohoon

    Abby Finkenauer

    Ruth Ann Gaines

    Mary Gaskill

    Lisa Heddens

    Bruce Hunter

    Charles Isenhart

    Dave Jacoby

    Jerry Kearns

    Daniel Kelley

    Vicki Lensing

    Mary Mascher

    Jo Oldson

    Kristen Running-Marquardt

    Mark Smith

    Art Staed

    Sharon Steckman

    Sally Stutsman

    Todd Taylor

    Phyllis Thede

    Beth Wessel-Kroeschell

    Cindy Winckler

     

    Voted FOR the Omnibus Gun Bill – 73

    Rob Bacon

    Chip Baltimore

    Clel Baudler

    Terry Baxter

    Bruce Bearinger

    Brian Best

    Darrel Branhagen

    John Byrnes

    Gary Carlson

    Peter Cownie

    Dave Dawson

    Dave Deyoe

    Cecil Dolecheck

    Jack Drake

    NacnyDunkel

    Dean Fisher

    John Forbes

    Greg Forristall

    Joel Fry

    Tedd Gassman

    Pat Grassley

    Stan Gustafson

    Chris Hagenow

    Chris Hall

    Curt Hanson

    Mary Ann Hanusa

    Greg Heartsill

    David Heaton

    Lee Hein

    Jake Highfill

    Steven Holt

    Daniel Huseman

    Megan Jones

    Ron Jorgensen

    Bobby Kaufmann

    Jarad Klein

    Kevin Koester

    John Kooiker

    Bob Kressig

    John Landon

    Jim Lykam

    Dave Maxwell

    Charlie McConkey

    Brian Meyer

    Helen Miller

    Linda Miller

    Norlin Mommsen

    Brian Moore

    Zach Nunn

    Rick Olson

    Scott Ourth

    Ross Paustian

    Dawn Pettengill

    Todd Prichard

    Ken Rizer

    Walt Rogers

    Patti Ruff

    Sandy Salmon

    Thomas Sands

    Mike Sexton

    Larry Sheets

    David Sieck

    Chuck Soderberg

    Quentin Stanerson

    Rob Taylor

    Linda Upmeyer

    Guy Vander Linden

    Ralph Watts

    John Wills

    Matt Windschitl

    Mary Wolfe

    Gary Worthan

    Kraig Paulsen

     

     

    Not Voting:

    Beth Wessel-Kroeschell

    Sharon Steckman


    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.

  • Who Voted For/Against the Omnibus Gun Bill

    March 11, 2015

    Legalize Suppressors in Iowa

     

    Here’s the breakdown of yesterday’s House vote on HF527, the Omnibus Gun Bill. The bill passed with ease, 75 votes to 24. The vote was noteworthy for two reasons:

    1) It passed with broad bi-partisan support. Republicans and Democrats came together to pass this bill.

    2) Despite 24 votes against HF527, not a single Representative chose to speak out against the bill when given the opportunity. It’s rare for any bill to pass without any voiced opposition. It’s practically unheard of for a pro-gun owner bill to pass without a single voice speaking out against it.

    We’ve now reached a critical point. The Senate version of the Omnibus Gun Bill (SF425) is still awaiting debate and a vote. At this point neither has not been scheduled. We know there are many groups who want to see this bill watered down, or amended to make it un-passable. Please contact your Senator. Tell them to pass SF425 without any change to its content.

    We’ve made it easy for you. Our newest Omnibus Gun Bill Advocacy Campaign allows to you send a respectful and professional email directly to your Senator in less than 60 seconds. Please help spread this vital message.

     

    Voted For the Omnibus Gun Bill (75)

    These 75 Representatives have recognized the value of your constitutional rights. They believe you should be free to teach your children how to properly handle firearms. To own suppressors. To keep your personal information private.

    Please take a second to send them a note or call them (515-281-3221) to say thanks for standing up for your rights and the rights of all Iowans.

     

    Rob Bacon

    Chip Baltimore

    ClelBaudler

    Terry Baxter

    Bruce Bearinger

    Deborah Berry

    Brian Best

    Darrel Branhagen

    Timi Brown-Powers

    John Byrnes

    Gary Carlson

    Peter Cownie

    Dave Dawson

    Dave Deyoe

    Cecil Dolecheck

    Jack Drake

    NacnyDunkel

    Dean Fisher

    John Forbes

    Greg Forristall

    Joel Fry

    Tedd Gassman

    Pat Grassley

    Stan Gustafson

    Chris Hagenow

    Chris Hall

    Curt Hanson

    Mary Ann Hanusa

    Greg Heartsill

    David Heaton

    Lee Hein

    Jake Highfill

    Steven Holt

    Daniel Huseman

    Megan Jones

    Ron Jorgensen

    Bobby Kaufmann

    Jarad Klein

    Kevin Koester

    John Kooiker

    John Landon

    Jim Lykam

    Dave Maxwell

    Charlie McConkey

    Brian Meyer

    Helen Miller

    Linda Miller

    Norlin Mommsen

    Brian Moore

    Zach Nunn

    Rick Olson

    Scott Ourth

    Ross Paustian

    Dawn Pettengill

    Todd Prichard

    Ken Rizer

    Walt Rogers

    Patti Ruff

    Sandy Salmon

    Thomas Sands

    Mike Sexton

    Larry Sheets

    David Sieck

    Chuck Soderberg

    Quentin Stanerson

    Rob Taylor

    Phyllis Thede

    Linda Upmeyer

    Guy Vander Linden

    Ralph Watts

    John Wills

    Matt Windschitl

    Mary Wolfe

    Gary Worthan

    Kraig Paulsen

     

     

    Voted AGAINST the Omnibus Gun Bill (24)

    AkoAbdul-Samad

    Marti Anderson

    Liz Bennett

    Dennis Cohoon

    Abby Finkenauer

    Ruth Ann Gaines

    Mary Gaskill

    Lisa Heddens

    Bruce Hunter

    Charles Isenhart

    Dave Jacoby

    Jerry Kearns

    Daniel Kelley

    Vicki Lensing

    Mary Mascher

    Jo Oldson

    Kristen Running-Marquardt

    Mark Smith

    Art Staed

    Sharon Steckman

    Sally Stutsman

    Todd Taylor

    Beth Wessel-Kroeschell

    Cindy Winckler

     

    Not voting: Bob Kressig

     


     

    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd 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 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.

  • Omnibus Gun Bill Passes House Vote Without Debate

    March 10, 2015
    Not a single oppose Representative chose to debate HF527 on the House Floor

    Iowa House File 527 passed by a huge bi-partisan majority.

    HF527 Passes without debate!!

    A short time ago House File 527 passed a vote in the full House of Representatives by a wide margin. The unofficial vote total was 75 in favor t0 24 opposed.

    HF527 has passed with broad support from both Republicans and Democrats. Once again we’ve seen that the Omnibus Gun Bill appeals to both sides of the aisle. We were also pleasantly surprised to see that not a single Representative chose to speak out against HF425 when given the opportunity for debate on the House floor. This is extremely rare for any bill, and almost unheard of for a firearms bill!

    It is now up to the full Senate to debate and vote on Senate File 425, their version of the Omnibus Gun Bill. So far the Senate has not scheduled SF425 for any action. We’ll be sharing the date and time of a Senate vote as soon as that information becomes available. Join our email list to ensure you do not miss any critical updates.

    Protecting SF425 is the Key to Victory

    The House has done it’s part. Now it’s up to the Senate to pass its version of the Omnibus Gun Bill, SF425. This will be the most challenging portion of the entire process. Not because SF425 doesn’t have strong support, but because we know anti-gun legislators may try to alter the bill and make it un-passable.

    We must do everything we can to keep anyone from stripping provisions out of SF425, and just as importantly we must fight to keep those with ill intentions from adding any poison pill amendments to this bill. Please contact your senators and respectfully urge them to pass SF425 without any change to its content. Our latest Advocacy Campaign makes it easy to email your senators. Please share this tool with everyone who values their freedoms!

    Not Quite Perfection – But Still REALLY Good

    The Omnibus Gun Bills have made it this far because a great number of groups have come together to support this bill. The Iowa Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association, the American Suppressor Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation all back this bill. So do the Iowa Sheriffs and Sheriff’s Deputies Association, the Iowa Police Chiefs Association, and other law enforcement groups. If changes are made to the content of SF425 key supporters will pull out and this will effectively kill the Omnibus Gun Bills’ chances of making it to the Governor’s desk.

    This bill reclaims a lot of liberties. It’s not perfect, there are still a lot of things we’d love to see changed in Iowa, but this goes a very long way towards protecting and enhancing the Second Amendment rights of more than 3 million Iowans. If we can keep SF425 from being changed we’re optimistic we can get the Omnibus Gun Bill passed and then signed into law!

    Please, take 60 seconds to use our latest Advocacy Campaign to tell your Senator to pass SF425 without any change!


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd 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 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.

  • Legislative Alert – House Vote on Omnibus Gun Bill Expected Tomorrow!

    March 9, 2015

     

    Take action now! Tell the legislature to pass the Omnibus Gun Bills in their original form!

    House Vote on HF527 (formerly HSB201) expected tomorrow morning

    Late this afternoon we learned that tomorrow morning the House version of the Omnibus Gun Bill is scheduled for debate and a vote by the full House of Representatives.

    The House of Representatives expect to begin debating and voting on a number of bills starting at around 10 a.m..

    The House version of the Omnibus Gun Bill has been given a new number. Previously it was House Study Bill 201, it is now House File 527.

    You can live stream the debate and vote through the Iowa Legislature’s website. There’s also an audio stream available if the video does not cooperate.

    Once again we expect debate and voting to begin around 10 a.m.. There may be a few bills ahead of HF527, so don’t log off if you don’t see it right away.

    Progress in the Senate

    There’s also been some movement with the Senate version of the Omnibus Gun Bill. It has also been given a new number. It is now known as Senate File 425 (SF425).

    SF425 has not been scheduled for debate or a vote in the full Senate yet. We’ll share that information as soon as it becomes available.

    Media Coverage

    There’s been a flood of media talking to IFC leadership about the Omnibus Gun Bills. In the last week we’ve literally been seen or heard in every corner of the state.

    Today was no different, but we wanted to share two links because they are great examples of what these bills are all about. This morning the Gibson girls were on with WHO Radio’s Jan Mickelson talking about why Iowa needs to repeal the ban on supervised youth handgun shooting. Once again these sisters did a great job, and are able to frame this issue in a manner that no one else can.

    Then over the lunch hour, IFC supporter and staunch Second Amendment advocate Representative Matt Windschitl was on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River program. He was joined by a number of gun control advocates who want to stop the Omnibus Gun Bills from reaching the governor’s desk. Representative Windschitl repeatedly took them to task, and did an outstanding job speaking on behalf of Iowa’s firearms community.

    Keep Active!

    In the last week our Omnibus Gun Bills have gone from complete obscurity to being one of the most talked about news items in the state. We’re generating a lot of very positive publicity and the legislature is most certainly taking note.

    Please continue to contact your legislators. Particularly members of the Senate. Politely inform them we want to see the Omnibus Gun Bills (HF527 & SF425) passed without any changes to their content.

    We’re rocking the boat and making waves in the legislature, keep up the great work Iowans!

    Fighting for your Second Amendment Rights,
    Sheena Green
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd 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 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.

  • Both Versions of the Omnibus Pro-Gun Owner Bill Pass the First Funnel!

    March 5, 2015
    Legalize Suppressors in Iowa

    39 other states already allow their residents own these firearm accessories. Now thousands of Iowans are fighting to legalize these useful hearing protection devices.

    IFC Member’s Hard Work Pays Off!

    House Study Bill 201 and it’s companion bill Senate Study Bill 1251 have BOTH survived the first funnel.

    SSB1251 passed as written by a 10-3 margin in the Senate Judiciary Committee March 5th. HSB201 passed 19-2 out of the House Judiciary Committee March 4th.

    Both bills passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support despite an aggressive campaign by anti-gunners to strip the bills of several key provisions and strip Iowa’s firearms community from our right to privacy and our right to raise their children as we see fit.

    Lobbyists working on behalf of Iowa’s mass media outlets attempted to remove a portion of SSB1251 that would protect gun owner privacy. If signed into law the omnibus pro-gun owner bill blocks the State of Iowa from releasing any information that could be used to identify any individual who holds a Permit to Carry or Permit to Acquire in the State of Iowa.

    SSB1251 also came under attack from a contingent of gun control pushers who sought to block a portion of the bill that would repeal the ban on supervised youth handgun shooting. In a show of true grassroots support Iowa Firearms Coalition members responded en masse and on extremely short notice to remind legislators this ban is an affront to family traditions shared by hundreds of thousands of Iowans statewide.

    There’s Still Work To Be Done

    The omnibus pro-gun owner bill has cleared a major hurdle, but there’s still plenty of work to be done. Each bill will now be scheduled for debate and a vote in the full Senate and House. We’ll make absolutely sure that you know when that will be happening. We’ll need another show of force to advance each of these bills.

    We’ve created a simple How a Bill Becomes a Law in Iowa page to help you better understand the legislative process. Right now both HSB201 and SSB1251 have cleared steps one through ten.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition has literally worked side by side with the National Rifle Association to craft this bill. If it passes Iowan’s will see their right own a suppressor restored, and several other freedoms protected. This bill quite literally protects and enhances Iowans Second Amendment rights.

    A Word of Warning

    Things will get more difficult. There will be more attacks on the omnibus gun bill. Anti-gunners and others will do anything they can to alter this bill and keep it from passing. We simply CANNOT let that happen. Everything in this bill is capable of passing. There’s a slight wording discrepancy between the House version and the Senate version. Outside of an amendment to make these bill’s wording exactly the same there’s no reason to alter this bill. Adding or removing anything other than slight wording changes will kill this bill, and keep it from passage. Beware of anyone attempting to change the core functions of the omnibus bill.

    We’ve made an incredible amount of progress Iowa. Stay the course and see this through!


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd 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 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.

  • HSB201 Passes House Committee by a Landslide. Gun Control Activists Taking Aim at Senate Version.

    March 4, 2015

    Good News First

    House Study Bill 201 (HSB201) has passed the House Judiciary Committee by a landslide 19-2 vote. This is great news for Iowa’s firearms community as this bill has now cleared the first funnel and can continue to advance through the legislative session. If you haven’t seen it already our HSB201 page explains exactly what’s in the bill.

    We’ve also introduced a version of HSB201 in the Senate. Today Senate Study Bill 1251 (SSB1251) passed its first hurdle, advancing out of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee. But gun control zealots who loathe this bill and the freedoms it provides are lining up and doing everything they can to water down this bill and strip it of key provisions.

    The Bad News

    This afternoon we began seeing pushback take shape in the Iowa Senate. SSB1251 is coming under attack from two angles:

    1) Mass media and their lobbyists are working overtime to strip the gun owner privacy protection portion of the bill. They’re absolutely desperate to keep their ability to publish your private information.

    2) Staunch gun control senators are applying a lot of pressure to Senate Judiciary Committee members. They’re trying to slip in an amendment that would keep Iowa’s ban on supervised youth handgun shooting in place. They think they have a better idea than you do on how to raise your family.

    What You Need To Know About These Two Issues

    The gun control crowd is trying to play off of irrational fears and misinformation they spoon-feed the masses. Here’s the counter-arguments they’re desperately trying to drowned out:

    Gun Owner Privacy Protection

    This is mass media vs. private citizen’s right to privacy. Iowa legislators are there to serve the citizens of Iowa. Not the mass media moguls of the world. They should be standing up for us!

    Iowa’s firearms owners don’t deserve to be treated like sex offenders with their private information being made public by the mass media.

    There’s over a quarter million Permit to Carry permit holders in Iowa. Everyday they go about their business and do not cause a single problem. There’s no reason the media should be able to publish the private personal information of hundreds of thousands of people who’ve committed no crime and done no wrong.

    Victims of domestic violence often get their Permit to Carry for protection. When media releases private gun owner information, they put victims of domestic violence at risk.

    By publishing gun owner information the media is also creating a list of who’s unarmed and therefore an easy target for stalkers, thugs, and rapists. They’ve done this before, and there’s nothing stopping them from doing this again.

    Repealing the Supervised Youth Handgun Ban

    This is a parental rights issue. You know better than anyone else how to raise your kids. Not some legislator who’s probably never met you or your kids!

    Gun safety is not something you can legislate. You have to educate.

    It’s impossible to truly educate Iowa’s youth about gun safety if teaching your kids to shoot a handgun means you’re breaking the law.

    The ban on supervised youth shooting is a long-term gun control measure. If we cannot exercise our rights with our children and teach them how to responsibly handle firearms, how can we expect our kids to truly value their freedoms and grow up to be responsible gun owners?

    As you can see freedom is the common theme amongst all these arguments. The gun control zealots believe you should not be free to raise your family the way you’d like, and they think you should not be free go about your life in a private manner. As we’ve seen time and time again gun control is not about safety, it’s about others trying to take control of our lives.

    What Can Be Done About This?

    Things appear to be in good shape in the House of Representatives, but the Senate needs some help remembering it’s us they’re there to serve.

    Contact your Senators! This is will likely come up for a vote sometime within the next 48 hours, so there’s no time to waste.

    Use our Legislative Action Center to find who your Senator is. Tell them to support SSB1251 as it’s written and make sure their colleagues do the same. Any attempt to amend this bill is an insult to Iowan’s right to privacy and our ability to raise our families.

    Feel free to use any of the points we’ve listed above.

    Email them. Call them. Leave a voicemail. Whatever it takes to make the message clear – Iowans value their freedoms, and we will not abide by anyone infringing on our rights.


    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.