• Senate Vote on HF517 Expected This Week

    March 26, 2017


    Senate Vote on HF517 Expected This Week

    Iowans-

    Leadership in the Iowa Senate have pledged to bring House File 517, the Omnibus Gun Bill, to the Senate floor for debate and a vote this week. We’re expecting action sometime around mid-week, but as you can imagine nothing is ever guaranteed. We can however promise you that we’ll alert you as soon as we have a solid date and time on when a vote will take place, as well as how you can do your part to help.

    If the Iowa Senate approves HF517 with no amendments the bill goes straight to the Governor’s desk. If the Senate makes any changes or amendments the bill goes back to the House who will have to vote on whether to accept or reject the changes. Obviously we’d like to get this signed into law as quickly as possible, so we’re asking you to email the Senate Republicans and urge them to pass HF517 as it’s written and without any amendments. At the bottom of this email we’ve included a list of the Senate GOP members’ email addresses. Send them quick note respectfully urging them to pass HF517 as it’s written.

    Thank You IFC Members!
    IFC members are second to none. Because of your support we were able to legalize suppressors almost exactly year ago. To show our gratitude we’ve partnered with SilencerCo and Controlled Chaos Arms to give away a FREE SilencerCo Omega suppressor.

    This is the easiest contest ever. Everyone that’s an active IFC member is automatically entered to win. It doesn’t matter if you’re a life member, annual member, long-time member or brand new member. You don’t need to do anything, as long as you’re an active IFC member you’re automatically entered to win.

    We’ll announce the winner Saturday, April 29th, so if you’re not a member yet you’ve still got a chance to join up and win.

    Annual IFC Memberships are $35 a year. We also have IFC Life Memberships available and for a short time we’re running special on life memberships. Our normal $600 life membership rate has been temporarily reduced to $400 if you sign up online and use the Coupon Code: LIFE.

    Thank you members! You make what we do possible!

    Senate Republican Email Addresses
    jake.chapman@legis.iowa.gov, dennis.guth@legis.iowa.gov, randy.feenstra@legis.iowa.gov, jeff.edler@legis.iowa.gov, bill.anderson@legis.iowa.gov, bill.dix@legis.iowa.gov, craig.johnson@legis.iowa.gov, julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov, tim.kapucian@legis.iowa.gov, tim.kraayenbrink@legis.iowa.gov, mark.lofgren@legis.iowa.gov, mark.costello@legis.iowa.gov, mark.chelgren@legis.iowa.gov, tom.greene@legis.iowa.gov, waylon.brown@legis.iowa.gov, michael.breitbach@legis.iowa.gov, rick.bertrand@legis.iowa.gov, ken.rozenboom@legis.iowa.gov, charles.schneider@legis.iowa.gov, jason.schultz@legis.iowa.gov, mark.segebart@legis.iowa.gov, tom.shipley@legis.iowa.gov, amy.sinclair@legis.iowa.gov, roby.smith@legis.iowa.gov, jerry.behn@legis.iowa.gov, jack.whitver@legis.iowa.gov, dan.zumbach@legis.iowa.gov

    Thank you for joining
    Iowa Firearms Coalition


  • Legislative update week 10

    March 20, 2016

    Legislative update week 10
    Suppressor success & unfinished business

    Iowans-

    We’ve just wrapped up a monumental week in the capitol. House File 2279, the Hearing Protection Act passed the Senate by a 46 to 4 vote. The bill had an amendment attached to it that fixed a small grammatical error in the original draft. This means the House of Representatives will have to vote on the amendment before the bill goes to the governor’s desk. House leadership has already signaled that they have prioritized this vote and will be taking it up in short order. We fully expect the House to adopt the amendment. Once that happens we expect the governor to sign the Hearing Protection Act into law. Major thanks to all of the IFC members who’ve worked so hard make this happen.

    We’re extremely proud to have pushed the Hearing Protection Act through the Senate, but we can’t lose sight of the other two bills that are still eligible for votes in the Senate: the ATV Carry Act and the Privacy Protection Act. There’s no denying that legalizing suppressors will great for gun owners in Iowa, but these two other bills will serve hundreds of thousands of gun owners statewide. Unfortunately Democrats in the Iowa Senate have heavily amended both the ATV Carry Act and Privacy Protection Act. The Iowa Firearms Coalition strongly opposes these amendments and encourages you to contact your senator and urge them to vote no on any amendment to either bill.

    Please take 30 seconds to email your senator about the ATV Carry Act and Privacy Protection Act.

    Finally, in honor of this week’s victory in the senate we’re discounting our life memberships from $500 down to $300. Use the code “Suppressors2016” to take $200 off your life membership purchase. NOTE: if you’re a current IFC member email us at “membership@iowafc.org” to apply your coupon code. This offer will expire on May 1st.

    More updates to come. Thanks so much for your hard work and continued 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. 

  • Review & Preview – Week 6 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    February 23, 2015

    “That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or laborers’ cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”

    -George Orwell, 1941

    Week 6 recap:

    In the last week we’ve continued to make progress behind the scenes in the state legislature. Meetings with legislators are on going and we’re making solid gains on moving pro-Second Amendment legislation forward.

    Nationally, the fight against the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) and their proposed ban on popular M855 ammunition also continues. Thousands of you have already taken advantage of our free, easy to use “Email the BATFE” tool, add your voice to the conversation to help block this latest gun control scheme.

    Here in Iowa, we’ve dropped the price on our IFC lifetime memberships for a limited time ($500 now $300). This coincides with the reduced rate currently available on NRA lifetime memberships ($1,000 now $500).

    For details on how to get the reduced rate for either organization visit our website. Special thanks to Controlled Chaos Arms for sponsoring this great deal!

    What you need to know for week 7:

    Ban on M855
    The clock is ticking, tell the BATFE to drop their proposed ban on M855. They’re only accepting public comment between now and March 16thEmail the BATFE today!

    Iowa Legislature
    So far this year we’ve introduced the following pro-Second Amendment bills:

    -Stand Your Ground
    -Emergency Powers
    -Preemption Cleanup
    -Repealing the Youth Shooting Ban

    We’re also working on handful of other pro-Second Amendment bills. We’ve got a run down on the latest information on all of these bills on our 2015 Legislative Session webpage. We’re updating our site whenever there’s a change to any of these bills, so check back often.

    What you can do right now:

    Email the BATFE! Tell them to drop their proposed ban on M855.

    Email your legislators! Tell them to support pro-Second Amendment bills already introduced.

    Become a Lifetime Member. Reduced rates available for a limited time.

    Volunteer at next weekend’s Waterloo Gun Show – contact Donnie White at sixt5custom@yahoo.com for details.

     

    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,

    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.

  • Discount Life Memberships on Sale Now

    February 17, 2015

    NRA Life Member

    Controlled Chaos Arms has stepped up in a big way and offered to sponsor lifetime memberships to both the National Rifle Association and the Iowa Firearms Coalition.

    This offer SIGNIFICANTLY drops the price of a life membership to both organizations.

    If you can’t manage a lifetime membership please become an annual IFC member today. We’re also offering $10 off annual NRA memberships.

    From the Controlled Chaos Arms Facebook page:

    The regular NRA life membership upgrade costs $1000.00 and Controlled Chaos Arms will sponsor you to become a life NRA member for $500 through March 3rd.

    To take advantage of the NRA offer simply call the NRA membership line at 703-267-3700 and you’ll be talking to one of five gentlemen. Ricky in NRA membership and I worked this out last week, so you can refer to me, Michael Ware and Ricky, by name. They’re up to speed on it. Set up your Life Membership upgrade and support a great organization.

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    The regular IFC life membership upgrade costs $500.00 and Controlled Chaos Arms will sponsor you to become a life IFC member for $300 through March 3rd.

    For the IFC Life Membership upgrade, go to the IFC membership page and follow the online instructions to pay online, using “CCA300” as your promotional code to get the discount upon checkout.

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    As a board member of the Iowa Firearms Coalition they have worked hand in hand with the National Rifle Association to bring some fantastic laws about and ward off attacks on our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.


    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.

  • 4 Common Myths About the NRA…Busted!

    December 12, 2014

     

    Protest

    Originally written by Daniel T. McElrath for the NRA’s Family Insights

    Myth 1: The NRA represents gun manufacturers.

    One of the most pervasive myths about NRA is that it represents firearm manufacturers. It doesn’t. It represents firearm owners. Firearm manufacturers are represented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Yes, manufacturers often contribute money to the Association or raffle/contest prizes to one of its many programs, but NRA—at its heart—is a non-profit civil rights organization. As for firearms manufacturers, their size and cash reserves are grossly overestimated by those who oppose gun rights. A firearm is an extremely durable product with a very long service life, and is a big-ticket item for most consumers, limiting sales. Unless a firearm manufacturer is also a defense or law-enforcement contractor with domestic and/or foreign government contracts, it is typically a small operation; certainly nowhere near being a Fortune 500 company.

    Myth 2: The NRA’s power rests in how much money it gives out to candidates.

    Many gun-control advocates seem to have trouble believing that someone would disagree with them on a subject like gun control and that, if someone does, it must be the result of greed. The truth is that the NRA’s power comes not from distributing cash, but from producing votes. NRA members are politically informed and engaged, and vote in extremely high numbers. Moreover, many are single-issue voters who have arrived at the understanding that their opinions on any other subject are potentially moot without the Second Amendment backing them up.

    Myth 3: The NRA’s influence is grossly disproportionate to its membership numbers.

    This miscalculation is based on the actual number of paid NRA memberships. It fails to consider the practical realities of non-profit advocacy. Not every family can afford separate memberships for each member of the family. Many households have only one “official” member, but everyone in the home reads the NRA Official Journal and supports the Association in spirit. During times of economic hardship, organization memberships are often viewed as a luxury and are voluntarily suspended by annual members until things improve. Further, when the political situation is “good” for gun owners (for example, when there is a pro-gun administration in Washington), gun owners feel safe and often allow their memberships to lapse. And, of course, some people just aren’t “joiners.” They believe in the Right to Keep and Bear Arms but, for whatever reason, don’t formally join advocacy organizations, though they vote in support of the Second Amendment. So, while NRA may have “only” 5 million members, each of those represents many like-minded folks who turn out come Election Day and cast votes in preservation of their rights.

    Myth 4: Polls show that most Americans disagree with NRA and want more gun control.

    The mainstream press often cites polls showing Americans support gun control. Don’t believe them. First of all, many of these polls are conducted immediately following highly publicized mass shootings, when people respond emotionally. Also, you have to know how the poll was conducted and how questions were posed. If asked, simply “Are you in favor of gun control?” a person on the street may say yes. However, if you pose the question “Do you favor more gun control legislation or the enforcement of existing laws?” that same person may favor the latter.

    We also must consider whether we really want Constitutional rights determined via polling. The Bill of Rights protects the individual from “the tyranny of the majority.” The Second Amendment doesn’t say “Good poll numbers being essential to good public policy, the right of the people … .” Are we forbidden from practicing a certain religion because it’s not trending well? Do we give up the right to read a good book because it’s fallen into disfavor among the majority?
    Join the NRA – $10 off annual memberships


    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.

  • Volunteers needed for Cedar Rapids Gun Show

    September 5, 2014

    t-shirt-office-gun-showIowa Firearms Coalition needs your help. We routinely have a table a gun shows around the state in which IFC volunteers help ‘spread the good word’ about the benefits an organization like ours provides. Next week is the Cedar Rapids gun show at the Hawkeye Downs. This is a great opportunity to spend some time with like-minded individuals and get into the show at no charge (since you’re actually working a booth).

    Volunteers are needed during each of the following shifts:

    Friday, Sept 12, 5:00-9:00
    Saturday, Sept 13, 9:00-5:00
    Sunday, Sept 14, 9:00-3:00

    Sign up at http://www.iowacarry.org/forums1/index.php?showtopic=26063 or email andrewmaixner+ifc@gmail.com

     


    Never volunteered to work an IFC gun show booth? Here’s a quick answers to things you may be wondering about:

    1. Volunteers are not charged admission since they’re technically working a booth
    2. IFC will have an experienced volunteer there to help guide any new volunteers.
    3. Volunteers should expect to talk about Federal and Iowa related 2A issues, and guns in general…
    4. Volunteers will help sign up new IFC members
    5. Volunteers can work partial shifts. E.g. 9-12 Saturday rather than a full 9-5 shift

     

    Any further questions can be sent to: Andrew Maixner – andrewmaixner+ifc@gmail.com