• State Senator Brad Zaun Refuses Media Requests About Carrying Concealed at the Capitol

    February 23, 2015
    Brad Zaun refuses to answer Des Moines Register questions about carrying a concealed firearm.

    Brad Zaun refuses to answer Des Moines Register questions about carrying a concealed firearm.

    State Senator Brad Zaun is refusing to answer questions about whether or not he carries a concealed weapon while at work in the state capitol. The Des Moines Register recently questioned him again about carrying a 9mm for personal protection.

    “It’s none of your business, none of your business, no,” Zaun told William Petroski of the Des Moines Register.

    Zaun then added, “I don’t think it is anybody’s business when I carry, at what times I carry, and I am not going to disclose it.”

    Last year Zaun told a panel of Register writers that he sometimes carried a 9mm pistol in the capitol, and he knew of several other elected officials who did as well.

    “Honestly, I have in the past. I don’t do it every day. But I will tell you that when I do public events, a lot of times I do carry,” Zaun said at the time.

    Michael Marshall, Secretary of the Iowa Senate says state code prohibits the public from carrying concealed weapons in state capitol buildings. But legislators are not considered members of the public and it’s perfectly legal for them to carry concealed if they’re properly permitted.

    Given incidents like the attempted murder of a Jackson County public official, or the shooting at a New Hope, Minnesota city council meeting, more and more public officials are realizing so-called “Gun Free Zones” mean nothing and won’t stop someone intent on doing harm to others. This has led to more and more legislators taking responsibility for their own personal defense, and that should be commended.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition applauds Sen. Zaun on remaining tight-lipped about whether or not he carries. Concealed means concealed, and Zaun is a trained, permitted, and responsible citizen who’s exercising his rights.

    Carry on Brad!


    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.

  • Former Mason City Officer Shot at City Council Meeting — Concealed Carrier Steps Up & Protects Fellow Council Members

    January 27, 2015

    UPDATE — 11:30am — Former MCPD officer among the wounded

    EerniesseWe’ve just learned that one of the officers shot in last night’s incident was a former Iowa resident and police officer in Mason City, Iowa.

    KIMT is reporting that Joshua Eernisse is a former patrol officer with the Mason City Police Department.

    Eerniesse and one other officer, Adam Johnson, were shot shortly after an officer swearing-in ceremony last night (01/27/15) at the New Hope, Minnesota city council meeting.

    Chief Deputy Mike Carlson of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department says Eerniesse and Johnson are both in good condition and are recovering in the hospital.

    The shooter was shot and killed by other officers at the city council meeting.

    More details as they become available.

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    An active shooting situation unfolded last night in the middle of a city council meeting in New Hope Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. The council had just wrapped up swearing-in two new officers when an adult male started shooting at the officers.

    Public access tv cameras were rolling the whole time. And as you can see there was plenty of confusion amongst the council members, but John Elder who was carrying a concealed firearm stayed calm protecting his fellow council members.

    After opening fire on the police officers, the shooter was engaged by police and eventually shot and killed. Media reports indicate that at least one officer was injured during the exchange, but they are expected to survive.

    There’s no word on whether or not the New Hope, Minnesota’s city council chambers are a so-called “gun free zone.” If they are, this is just one more example in a long list of cases proving that a “Gun Free Zone” sticker on a door does absolutely nothing to stop someone who’s intent on doing harm.

    This incident brings up memories of a similar shooting here in Maquoketa, Iowa less than a year ago. Last September a mad man with a gun, entered the Jackson County Courthouse (a building with a very clearly labeled “gun free zone” sticker on the door) and shot at a county supervisor. Fortunately the gunman missed. After a brief struggle turned the gun on himself.

    Click here for more details on last September’s shooting at the Jackson County Courthouse.


    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 listfor the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.