• Iowa Senate, “Let the Democratic Process Proceed Today”

    March 26, 2015

    NOTE: This email to the Senate majority leaders was shared with us in hopes that it’d inspire others in Iowa to write to the Senate leaders and urge them to bring SF425 to a vote. It is a perfect example of a well thought out, respectful message that takes the leadership to task for ignoring the facts about SF425.

    Please consider using this as a guide and writing your own version. We’re encouraging Iowans to write their home Senator as well as the Senate majority leaders:


    We’ll be sharing more emails and notes from our members and followers, so if you have a good one please share it with us!

    P.S. Don’t forget to sign and share our petition calling on the leadership to do their jobs and listen to the people of Iowa!



    Dear Senators,

    While I reside in Senator Bolkcom’s district, I am writing to you all to urge that SF425 be brought to a vote, as is, today. It is my understanding that there is wide bi-partisan agreement
     on this bill, it has the support of law enforcement statewide, and would benefit many law-abiding Iowa citizens and families.

    Can anyone explain why this has not yet come for a vote? I would like to share your response with my numerous friends and colleagues, who are also wondering. Based on all I have read in several media outlets, the conclusion must be drawn that the biases of individual senators are at play in the stalling of this vote.

    Thank you for reading this email. Again, please allow SF425 to come to a vote and let the democratic process proceed today with the vote it deserves. Failure to allow a vote on this bill, which has passed 5 landslide votes already, is terribly disrespectful to the citizens of Iowa and the legislative process itself.

    Theresa Dunnington


    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.

  • Southeastern silliness, or an ounce of prevention?

    July 9, 2014

    Burlington, IA — The Burlington City Council is considering an ordnance to ban the open or concealed carry of a toy or air gun on one’s person without a proper Iowa carry permit, and mandating that they be carried in a proper gun case when otherwise being transported.  Citing several past cases of mistaken identity, particularly with minors, Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird fears that police officers may someday shoot someone with a toy gun, believing in the moment that the gun is real and resulting in the use of lethal force.

    Burlington Mayor Shane McCampbell said, ““It’s not saying that nobody can have [a toy or BB gun].  It’s saying that they need to be in a proper carrying bag, so that you’re not running around with a BB gun that may or may not look real.”  The proposed ordinance would cover all spring-loaded or compressed air powered BB and airsoft guns, as well as any other paintball, pellet or replica gun.

    We at IFC certainly recognize the potential public safety issue here, and we applaud the Burlington City Council for their good intentions in considering this matter.  However we must also ask whether a city ordinance, which will ostensibly be aimed mostly at children, is really the appropriate and most effective solution to the problem?  The youthful offenders in question are already acting foolishly, and there’s presently no logical reason why a minor walking around with a BB gun will be deterred by a new ordinance–not to mention law enforcement will still be required to confront them and will still be faced with the same problem.  It must be considered then what such a law will actually accomplish, except just making a few city officials, and maybe a few parents, feel good for a while?

    The Burlington City Council will likely hear this issue twice more prior to a final vote.

    If you live in Burlington, give the matter some thought and let your city representatives know what you think.  For everyone else in Iowa, this is the kind of thing we all need to stay vigilant for and always be ready to provide input on.  This isn’t specifically a Second Amendment issue this time, but we must nonetheless take care that anti-gun fear and paranoia doesn’t spill over into other issues, and result in the passage of still more ineffectual laws that seem so popular today.

    Providing a little food for thought,
    Barry B. Snell
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member