• These Representatives Need to be Thanked for Voting YES on HF517

    March 10, 2017

    Breaking Ranks on HF517

    The March 7th House vote on HF517, the Omnibus Gun-Owner Bill, saw the bill passed 58-39. Two Republicans, Reps. Heaton & Bergan, voted against the bill, and two Democrats, Reps. Ourth and Bearinger, voted for HF517.

    The left leaning Iowa politics blog Bleeding Heartland recently posted the following statements from Representative Scott Ourth about why he broke from the rest of the Democrats and voted in favor of HF517 (we’ve placed the critical statement in bold). These statements are extremely telling and we commend these Representatives on listening to their constituents

    The bill, in its original form, was absolutely horrible, and I was a definite “no” vote. What worried me was that the bill was going to pass in a form that would have been very dangerous, especially to children, college campuses, etc.
    Knowing that Rep. Windschitl was eager to show at least some bipartisanship on the bill, I sat down with him in an attempt to pull back on some of the extreme measures and add safety measures back in. In the end, I was able to get parental supervision redefined to mean close physical proximity conducive to hands-on instruction.
    Also, we got background checks at private gun sales put back in, along with a ban on firearms on college campuses and permits to obtain and to carry.
    In the end, I supported the bill for two reasons: I was invested in making the bill infinitely better (something way worse would have passed were it not for my collaborative efforts).
    Also, once the bill was modified I voted yes because it was representative of the wishes of the vast majority of the folks in my district. I got hundreds emails and phone calls urging me to vote “yes” and hardly any asking me to resist. So, in the end, I voted my district after crafting a bill that was far and away safer and more reasonable than what would have passed with out my offer of bipartisanship.

    NOTE: Rep. Ourth’s comment referring to background checks at private gun sales is in reference to Iowa’s Permit to Acquire system. An initial version of HF517 did away with the Permit to Acquire system all together. The House ultimately decided to keep the Permit to Acquire but lengthen it from one to five years. This Permit to Acquire extension is the only change to private gun sales in HF517.

    Bleeding Heartland also posted a statement from Representative (D) Bruce Bearinger about why he chose to vote yes on the bill:

    I worked with representative Ourth on the amendment to insure that parents had to be in proximity to the child to provide safety training to their child. In addition, they removed parts of the bill relating to college campuses, open carry, and permitting. I had some concerns with the final bill, but overall, it was consistent with the correspondence I had with many of my constituents. I rely on our democratic caucus analysis of legislation and have always found it to be valuable, but ultimately I rely on my own values and the extensive work I do to stay in tune with the desires and beliefs of my constituents in my rural district.

    Time for Thanks

    Below is the list of who voted in favor of HF517 when it passed out of the Iowa House of Representatives on March 7th. These 58 Representatives deserve your thanks for voting to protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of all Iowans.

    It’s important that you take a moment to thank these legislators. Our side does an outstanding job of letting them know what we want (“pass this bill” -OR- “vote YES on HF517”), but it’s just as important that they are applauded for listening to us. We’ve posted the email addresses of everyone who voted YES on the bill at the bottom of this page. Please take a minute or two and send them a quick note of thanks.

    HF517 is now in the Senate Judiciary Committee. It’s been assigned to a subcommittee consisting of Senators Dan Dawson, Janet Peterson and Brad Zaun. As always the Iowa Firearms Coalition will be keeping you up-to-date whenever there’s activity related to pro-gun owner legislation.

    Defenders of HF517

    During the course of the House debate over HF517 several Representatives gave speeches in support of the bill. It’s important to note that this is not required, all a Representative has to do is vote yes or no, but the following Representatives went out of their way to try to convince their colleagues to vote Yes on HF517. They deserve to be recognized for their willingness to take a stand for pro-gun owner legislation.

    • Rep. Shannon Lundgren of Dubuque County – shannon.lundgren@legis.iowa.gov
    • Rep. Jake Highfill of Polk County – jake.highfill@legis.iowa.gov
    • Rep. Skyler Wheeler of Sioux County – skyler.wheeler@legis.iowa.gov
    • Rep. Steven Holt of Crawford County – steven.holt@legis.iowa.gov
    • Rep. Terry Baxter of Hancock County – terry.baxter@legis.iowa.gov
    • Rep. Matt Windschitl of Harrison County – matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov
      • Rep. Windschitl deserves extra thanks for not only floor managing HF517, he stood for the entire 4+ hour House debate, addressing bogus claims and correcting misleading statements being made by anti-gun owner Representatives.

    Also of note, Senators Brad Zaun and Dan Dawson were in and out all afternoon observing the House debate on HF517. Senator Dawson is floor managing the bill over in the Senate. He stayed and watched the entire four-hour debate in the House in preparation for discussion and debate in the Senate. This is very encouraging!

    Who Voted Yes on HF517

    Send a thank you note to these Iowa Representatives!

    EMAIL ADDRESSES OF HF517 YES VOTES:
    rob.bacon@legis.iowa.gov, chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov, clel.baudler@legis.iowa.gov, terry.baxter@legis.iowa.gov, bruce.bearinger@legis.iowa.gov, brian.best@legis.iowa.gov, jane.bloomingdale@legis.iowa.gov, jim.carlin@legis.iowa.gov, gary.carlson@legis.iowa.gov, peter.cownie@legis.iowa.gov, dave.deyoe@legis.iowa.gov, cecil.dolecheck@legis.iowa.gov, dean.fisher@legis.iowa.gov, joel.fry@legis.iowa.gov, tedd.gassman@legis.iowa.gov, pat.grassley@legis.iowa.gov, stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov, chris.hagenow@legis.iowa.gov, kristi.hager@legis.iowa.gov, maryann.hanusa@legis.iowa.gov, greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov, lee.hein@legis.iowa.gov, jake.highfill@legis.iowa.gov, ashley.hinson@legis.iowa.gov, steven.holt@legis.iowa.gov, chuck.holz@legis.iowa.gov, dan.huseman@legis.iowa.gov, megan.jones@legis.iowa.gov, bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov, david.kerr@legis.iowa.gov, jarad.klein@legis.iowa.gov, kevin.koester@legis.iowa.gov, john.landon@legis.iowa.gov, shannon.lundgren@legis.iowa.gov, dave.maxwell@legis.iowa.gov, andy.mckean@legis.iowa.gov, gary.mohr@legis.iowa.gov, norlin.mommsen@legis.iowa.gov, tom.moore@legis.iowa.gov, zach.nunn@legis.iowa.gov, scott.ourth@legis.iowa.gov, ross.paustian@legis.iowa.gov, dawn.pettengill@legis.iowa.gov, ken.rizer@legis.iowa.gov, walt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov, sandy.salmon@legis.iowa.gov, mike.sexton@legis.iowa.gov, larry.sheets@legis.iowa.gov, david.sieck@legis.iowa.gov, rob.taylor@legis.iowa.gov, linda.upmeyer@legis.iowa.gov, guy.vander.linden@legis.iowa.gov, ralph.watts@legis.iowa.gov, skyler.wheeler@legis.iowa.gov, john.wills@legis.iowa.gov, matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov, gary.worthan@legis.iowa.gov, louie.zumbach@legis.iowa.gov


  • Legislative Session Ends Without Omnibus Gun Bill Passage

    June 5, 2015

     

    Dear freedom loving Iowans,

    As president of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, it befalls me to deliver unfortunate news: All the Second Amendment provisions for which we have fought so hard this year have failed to pass through the Iowa Legislature to become law.  It is with great regret and a heavy heart that I tell you this.  I am so very sorry that our civil rights have failed to be recognized yet again in our great state.

    At the start, this promised to be a banner year, and there remained much to be optimistic about right up to the end.  We earned the support and active cooperation of the Iowa law enforcement community.  We earned the support of the Republican House and Senate caucuses.  We earned the support of most Democrats in both the House and Senate.  We earned the support of the governor.  Initially, everyone on all sides, in both chambers and in all the relevant committees, was working together well to create and pass Second Amendment legislation.  The House led the way early and passed our common-sense legislation with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority. When the Senate proved reluctant to act, House leadership stayed in the fight for your rights, shepherding the measures to passage two additional times  There was much to be excited and hopeful about!

    But it all came to nothing, and I am left with one looming question: Where was the breakdown?  The provisions we asked for were simple, basic, common sense measures that were backed by the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association, the Iowa Police Chiefs Association, the Iowa County Attorneys Association, and the National Rifle Association.  And all across the country, states are passing pro-Second Amendment legislation too, forming a distinct national trend.  Heck, even the state that Al Franken comes from just legalized suppressors!  So what’s the problem?  Who dropped the ball?

    The answer is simple: The Senate Democrat leadership.  Everything was going well until the Senate Democrat leadership got their hands on our bill.  And it is because of the Senate Democrat leadership’s distinct lack of leadership, because of their bucking the national trend, because of their disregard for their own caucus, the Republican caucus, and several upstanding and respected organizations in this state, because of all of this our bill failed.  If we can’t even get the simple stuff passed, how are we going to make progress on the big stuff?  Shame on them.

    These are the facts.  I wish they were different.  But being men and women of conscience and partners with us in the quest for liberty, you deserve the truth no matter how repellent and upsetting.  I am so very, truly sorry.  I have never seen a group of people work so hard to achieve a single thing as did the members and volunteers of IFC this year, and for that, to all of you, you have my sincerest gratitude.

    We’ve got big things planned for this organization, and VP Kurt Liske and Communications Director Jon Van Wyk will be sure to keep you in the loop.  In the meantime though, remember: An election is coming.  It only takes flipping two seats in the Senate to knock down the Democrat leadership’s house of cards.  Mark my words, they’ll try to throw us a bone next year by passing this year’s bill, in the hopes that you’ll forget this year all the way to the voting booth.  So print this letter out and hang it over your computer as a reminder if you must, but no matter what comes, remember the Democrat Senate leadership’s betrayal on this day.  Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain!

    I’ll see you on the range…And once again on the front lines next year.

    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,
    Barry B. Snell
    President, Iowa Firearms Coalition


    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.

     

  • Review & Preview : Week 17 of the Iowa Legislative Session

    May 10, 2015


    Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.
    -Author unknown


    ​Week 17 Review

    Iowa Firearms Coalition members continue to fight the Senate’s inaction on SF427. We activated a new Advocacy Campaign and continue to call on each and every one of you to keep the pressure on the Senate and the Senate’s leadership. The details on how to do so are outlined below.

    Week 18 Preview

    Since this legislative session is already beyond it’s intended length (and the legislators are no longer being paid nor receiving a per diem), both chambers of the Legislature are under increased pressure to wrap things up for the year. At the forefront of our minds should be how we went 2015 to be remembered as it pertains to the expansion of our 2nd Amendment freedoms.

    As we have previously mentioned, SF427 continues to remain a viable bill that needs only a final vote in the full Iowa Senate. It continues to enjoy broad bipartisan support and needs only to overcome the obstacle that is Senator Gronstal (D). As the Senate Majority Leader, Gronstal decides what bills will and will not be bought to the floor for debate and a vote. Recognizing that there is very little time left, we must make this week count as we continue to remind the Senate Leadership that we are still here and demand to be heard.

    What You Can Do

    As we celebrate Mother’s Day and reflect on everything we are thankful for, it becomes apparent that those things we are most thankful for include the many freedoms we enjoy. But as we ponder those freedoms we must continue to remind ourselves that we gain and maintain freedom through involvement.

    Similarly, we lose freedom when we become spectators to the political process and sit on the side-lines hoping for the best. As such, you must ask yourself if you want to be an agent of change that expands freedom, or do you want to be a spectator that watches freedom evaporate from our nation’s vocabulary.

    Get involved today! Make one phone call… send one email, and talk to one neighbor. Together, we can make our voices heard that SF427 must receive a vote!

    Email:
    Use our newest Advocacy Campaign to quickly and easily email your Senator. Help us send a strong message – ‘Your inaction on SF427 will be considered the same as a “No” vote.’

    If you can, copy the body of that message and send an additional email to the Senate leadership as well. Their email addresses are: mike.gronstal@legis.iowa.gov; steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov; pam.jochum@legis.iowa.gov; joe.bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov

    Call:
    The Senate switchboard will open for calls tomorrow (Monday) at 1:00 p.m.

    Call them and leave a message – (515)281-3371 – “SF427 deserves a vote! It’s time to do what’s right for the people of Iowa. Stop the games and bring Senate File 427 to floor.”

    Ask that the message is delivered to your Senator as well as the Senate leadership.


    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.

  • Review & Preview: Week 16 in the Iowa Legislature

    May 3, 2015

    Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
    -Napoleon Bonaparte

     

    Week 16 Review

    The Iowa Senate continues to purposely stall SF427, the Omnibus Gun Bill. There has been no new action on the bill this week.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition members are fighting this malicious inaction. We’ve activated a new Advocacy Campaign and are calling on each and every one of you to turn up the pressure on the Senate and the Senate’s leadership.

    More details below on how you can do your part to help the cause.

    Week 17 Preview

    Right now many of us have more questions than answers with regard to the status of SF427. It is still a viable bill that can be voted on at a moment’s notice IF Senate Majority Leader (D) Mike Gronstal were to allow the democratic process to actually occur.

    Our current situation epitomizes everything that’s wrong and broke about our legislative system, and we need your help to get the word out.

    When a bill, such as SF427, passes 6 votes, each time with  bipartisan support, often receiving a supermajority vote, you’d think the Senate would recognize that it deserves a vote.When a bill, such as SF427, would protect the privacy more than a quarter million Iowans, you’d think the Senate would give it a fair vote.When a bill, such as SF427, is backed by Iowa’s police agencies, you’d think the Senate would listen to the men and women that keep them safe.

    Senator Gronstal and the inner circle that makes up the Senate leadership are purposely blocking this bill from being brought to a vote.

    They’re doing this because they’re afraid.

    Radical out of state gun control groups have put a lot of pressure on them to kill the Omnibus Gun Bill by any means possible. Undoubtedly there have been promises made about the 2016 elections as well. The Senate leadership is afraid that voting on this bill would mean their members would have to go on record and show their true colors.

    They’d rather pander to nanny state billionaires than do their jobs and serve the people of Iowa. They know the Omnibus Gun Bill has the votes to pass, but in order to keep their 1% East Coast sugar daddies happy they’re forced to use ticky-tack procedural methods to kill this bill rather than give it the vote it deserves.

    That is the real reason they refuse to bring SF427 to a vote.

    What You Can Do

    The time has come for us to hold the Senate Majority Leadership accountable. Rather than continue to make us explain *why* SF427 should receive a vote, it is time for us to require THEM to answer *why not.*

    Email:
    Use our newest Advocacy Campaign to quickly and easily email your Senator. Help us send a strong message – ‘Your inaction on SF427 will be considered the same as a “No” vote.’

    If you can, copy the body of that message and send an additional email to the Senate leadership as well. Their email addresses are: mike.gronstal@legis.iowa.gov; steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov; pam.jochum@legis.iowa.gov; joe.bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov

    Call:
    The Senate switchboard will open for calls tomorrow (Monday) at 1:00 p.m.

    Call them and leave a message – (515)281-3371“SF427 deserves a vote! It’s time to do what’s right for the people of Iowa. Stop the games and bring Senate File 427 to floor.”

    Ask that the message is delivered to your Senator as well as the Senate leadership.

    Closing Thoughts

    Ask yourself, “Who runs Iowa? Do out-of-state astroturf organizations funded by New York billionaires run Iowa? Or do Iowans run Iowa? Do Iowans want to be told by East Coast gun grabbers how we should live our lives? Or do we want Iowa Legislators to represent IOWA values?”

    If Senators Gronstal and Sodders block our other 48 Senators from voting on SF427, they will have single handedly disenfranchised millions of Iowans. We cannot sit idly by and allow this to happen. As a 2nd Amendment advocate, if you have been saving your time and energy to be heard during this legislative session; now is the time! We’ve worked too hard to throw in the towel now.

    Call or email your Iowa Senator repeatedly this week and explain that we will not relent on this issue. Tell the Senate leadership we expect them to listen to the people of Iowa, or we will hold the whole Senate accountable at the voting booth in 2016!


    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, ormaking a donation.

  • DO or DIE Time for Iowa’s Omnibus Gun Bill

    May 1, 2015
    Legislative Alert
    Do or Die Time for Omnibus Gun Bill – SF427
    New Advocacy Campaign Launched

    Iowans-

    We’re getting word the Omnibus Gun Bill is in dire straits. We greatly need your help.

    It’s been three full weeks since the Iowa House of Representatives passed SF427, the latest version of the Omnibus Gun Bill. Since then the bill has been waiting for the Iowa Senate to schedule it for a vote. For three full weeks it has sat there, on the Senate leadership’s desk, and they haven’t lifted a finger. Nor will they unless we start making some racket.

    IFC needs your help starting right now, and continuing until the final gavel falls. We’ve just activated a brand new Advocacy Campaign telling the Senate Iowans expect them to do their jobs and give this bill a fair vote.

    If you can, please copy body of that message and send an additional email to the Senate leadership as well. Their email addresses are: mike.gronstal@legis.iowa.govsteve.sodders@legis.iowa.govpam.jochum@legis.iowa.govjoe.bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov

    Tell them the people of Iowa (whom they’ve sworn to serve) expect them to give the Omnibus Gun Bill a fair vote. Most importantly, make sure they know that no action on this bill must be considered the same as them voting ‘No.’

    We need you to help us make it very clear, the Senate’s actions (or in actions) in 2015 will not be forgotten during the 2016 elections.

    If the Senate allows the Omnibus Gun Bill to die without a vote they’ll have made several points very clear to the people of Iowa.

    • A track record of six massive by bipartisan votes mean nothing to them.
    • The word of Iowa’s law enforcement communities means nothing to them.
    • Protecting the privacy of a quarter million Iowans means nothing to them.
    • Parental rights, and supervised gun safety training mean nothing to them.
    • Stiffer penalties for criminals buying guns illegally means nothing to them.
    • Legalizing suppressors, and restoring lost freedoms means nothing to them.

    You’d think any legislator worth their salt would not want to be responsible for blocking of all that. But by now we know full well the Iowa Senate would rather follow its own agenda rather than listen to the people they’ve sworn to serve.

    Please use our Advocacy Campaign.

    We need you to contact the Iowa Senate the same way they vote in Chicago; early and often.

    We’ve asked for your help a lot this session. But this is when we need it most. This is shaping up to be our final push to get SF427 the vote it deserves. If we do not raise the alarm and make our case right now the Senate leadership will be more than happy to brush our Second Amendment freedoms aside once again.

    Please contact your Senator, the Senate leadership, and get your friends and family to do the same. It is do or die time for the Omnibus Gun Bill.

    The final push begins now.


    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, ormaking a donation.

  • Consider the Source: Gun Control Group Releases Skewed Survey

    April 16, 2015
    Out of state gun control activists grasping at straws to keep gun control push alive in Iowa.

    Methodology and the exact contents of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety poll have (unsurprisingly) not been released.

    Survey Says…

    Desperate for attention anti-gunners have released the results of a new poll about gun laws in Iowa.

    The poll, paid for by Everytown for Gun Safety, claims that only 8 percent of Iowans oppose universal background checks.  Iowa media have begun circulating the results, you can find a copy of the story on the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier website. Other Everytown survey results include:

    34 percent supported and 61 percent opposed weakening the current requirement that Iowans complete a gun safety training course to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon in public places; 72 percent opposed and 25 percent supported removing the age requirement that children be 14 years or older to use handguns when supervised by adults; and 28 percent supported and 68 percent opposed changing current Iowa law to allow the use of firearm silencers.

    The results are extrapolations based off of the responses of 703 Iowans who took the phone survey conducted by SurveyUSA.

    Not surprisingly the questions participants were asked have not been released, nor have any other details of the poll’s methodology.

    No doubt the poll was designed to elicit the most skewed results possible.

    Consider the Source

    The poll is funded by the same group that has been making the bogus claim that the Omnibus Gun Bill would “arm domestic abusers and felons.” It’s also the same group that has a flown in a New York City lobbyist to try to persuade the Iowa legislature to kill the Omnibus Gun Bill. Now these out-of-staters are pushing this survey on as many people as possible, hoping to paint a picture that all of Iowa opposes the Omnibus Gun Bill (a fact we all know to be false).

    The fact is this group has yet to show their work, or any specifics about the survey, and truth be told we’re not holding our breaths that we’ll ever see that kind of information.

    Sadly Everytown for Gun Safety is now getting help from a group of gun owners in Iowa who are also trying to kill the Omnibus Gun Bill. It goes to show anti-gunners come in all shapes and sizes.

    The story about the Everytown for Gun Safety poll conveniently omits the fact that this bill would immediately benefit hundreds of thousands of Iowa Permit to Carry holders. These lawful Iowans would no longer have to worry about the threat of the media collecting things like their name, address, date of birth, etc., and publishing it for the whole world to see.

    Also missing from the piece is the vital detail that the Iowa law enforcement community wants to see this bill signed into law. The Iowa Police Chiefs Association, the Iowa Peace Officers Association, and the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association all back the Omnibus Gun Bill. A fact that Everytown, Moms Demand Action, the Center for American Progress, and other gun control zealots omit every time this bill is brought up.

    Of course telling their followers that the officers that keep you safe think this bill is good for Iowa does not fit their fear based agenda, so this should not be a surprise to anyone.

    And finally the reason the anti’s are so desperate to kill this bill is because they know it can pass. It’s got bipartisan support. And it’s not just a couple of Republicans and Democrats back this bill, an OVERWHELMING number of Iowa legislators from both sides of the aisle want to see the Omnibus Gun Bill signed into law. All it needs is to pass one more vote before going to Governor Branstad’s desk. This is precisely why anti-gun groups and now so-called no-compromise groups are working together to try to kill this bill, they know that despite their skewed polls, our side has virtually everything we need to get this bill passed.


    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.

  • BEWARE the anti-gunner’s new best friend in Iowa.

    April 14, 2015

     

    Vital Update:
    New Lies Being Spread About Omnibus Gun Bill
    Please share this message!

    We’ve seen a lot of out-of-state anti-gun groups attack the Omnibus Gun Bill this year, and while that should be no surprise, we’re now seeing this bill come under attack from a handful of all or nothing “pro-gun” Iowans.

    To review here’s who we’ve been fighting all year-long:

    Everytown for Gun Safety.
    Moms Demand Action.
    The Center for American Progress.
    Americans for Responsible Solutions.
    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
    And more.
    They are all big money, national level gun control groups run by the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Gabby Giffords, the Brady Campaign as well as others. And they’re all united and actively working against Iowa’s Omnibus Gun Bill.Now, these hardcore gun control zealots have a new friend and ally from right here in Iowa.A group of self-purported “gun owners” from here in Iowa are actively campaigning against this bill, and the many vital improvements it would make to the lives and rights of Iowa’s gun owners. This group has a track record of killing pro gun bills, and they have never gotten a single piece of legislation signed into law.What’s worse, they’ve adopted the gun-grabber’s model of using lies, half-truths, and deleting factual comments in order to keep well-meaning Second Amendment advocates confused and in the dark. Their behavior is shameful, and is once again doing more harm than good.This group is now standing shoulder to shoulder with Bloomberg & Company’s lobbyists fighting to stop the Omnibus Gun Bill from making any progress. They may have different reasons, but these groups are now both united in the same anti-gun owner cause: killing the Omnibus Gun Bill and all the benefits it would bring to Iowans.

    We all knew all along the anti-gunners would resort to tricks and deceit, but to see another self-proclaimed “pro-gun” group from here in Iowa join forces with them is a surprise to many. But for many of us who follow this issue closely this is no surprise at all because this isn’t the first time this has happened.

    This same group actively lobbied against the Shall Issue concealed carry reforms we passed 5 years ago. If they had their way we’d still be holding out for a “perfect firearms bill” that never had a chance at passing. Had they been successful hundreds of thousands of Iowans would not be able enjoy the freedom to lawfully carry concealed weapons that we enjoy today. Instead of working to protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans by any means possible, this group of gun owners would rather gamble everything on improbable, all or nothing, high stakes bills. This approach is almost always guaranteed to fail and their track record proves it. Not one single piece of pro-gun legislation they’ve sponsored has ever reached the Governor’s desk, let alone been signed into law.

    Now they’re up to their same old tricks, working again in lock step with Bloomberg and Company, this time to kill Iowa’s Omnibus Gun Bill.

    Very briefly let’s review everything these anti-gun owners are now working against:

    1.      Legalizing suppressors.2.      Creating new and streamlined training requirements for renewal Permit’s to Carry and moves the time between training from 5 years to 10 years.3.      Allowing for a renewal applicant to renew their permit under any of the current training requirements including shooting on a range if they so choose.4.      Establishing that a veteran with small arms training will never have to go through initial or renewal training to obtain their permit to carry.5.      Extending the window for qualifying training from the current 12 months now to 24 months. Meaning that if an applicant has had any qualifying training in the last 24 months that will qualify them for their new or renewal permit.

    6.      Creating a requirement for uniform permits throughout the state and establishes that all permits, carry and acquire, shall NOT be issued for a particular weapon nor can it contain any identifying information about the weapon including the make, model, serial number or any ammo used in the firearm. It also says applicants residence must not be listed on the permit and prohibits the inclusion of their social security number.

    7.      Extending the Permit to Acquire from a 1 year permit to a 5 year permit. This matches it up with the Permit to Carry which is also a 5 year permit.

    8.      Adding new language that if a permit is denied and it is later determined that it should not have been that the applicant can recoup reasonable attorney’s fees.

    9.   Removing the absurd ban on parents being able to teach their child proper handgun safety if the child is under the age of fourteen.

    10.   Establishing a statewide verification system for law enforcement to determine if a permit is valid. There is no new database, all permits are already on file with the state and have been for years. This system merely creates a process by which law enforcement can verify the validity of a Permit to Carry. This benefits you by preventing law enforcement from having to seize your weapon if you unintentionally forget your permit.

    11. Blocking the media from collecting the private information (name, date of birth, address, etc.) of Iowa’ permit holders. Current law allows for any member of the public to request to see all of your personal information on your permit application. Under the new provision if they make the request they will only be given a yes or no answer as to whether your permit is valid and the validity dates of such a permit. The person making the request must also give their name, contact information and the reason they are making the request. This information will be kept on file in the sheriff’s office and be accessible to those who wish to inquire if someone has been asking about their permit.

    Anyone that opposes the Omnibus Gun Bill opposes all of these measures. Anyone that works against this bill is saying they are against family rights, improving Iowa’s Permit to Carry system, gun safety training for kids, stopping the mass media from publishing interactive maps to permit holders, veterans rights, legalizing suppressors and more.It makes no difference what their reasons are, if anyone opposes the Omnibus Gun Bill they’re effectively saying they’re in favor of keeping things in Iowa the way they are. Whether it’s because they want to take away your rights, or because they’re too idealistic and waiting for the perfect bill, the end result is all the same. Iowans get nothing but more of the same.Fortunately through our talks with multiple key legislators we’ve learned that all of these anti-gunners efforts have amounted to little more than a bunch of hot air. As of right now the Omnibus Gun Bill still has the votes to pass, and we’re working overtime to keep it that way.However, all of this highlights the fact that the lawmaking process is not pretty and it’s far from ideal. If you sit around waiting for our legislative system to create and pass a perfect pro-gun bill you’re going to be waiting until the end of time.The Omnibus Gun Bill is not perfect, there’s a lot of things we’d like to see added. But what is most important is that this bill improves the Second Amendment rights of Iowans and it’s capable of being passed right now.

    We cannot let the quest for perfection stand in the way of making vital improvements right now.

    P.S – It’s unfortunate that in addition to having to square off with national anti-gun groups, we now find the Omnibus Gun Bill coming under attack from deceitful forces within our own camp. It’s almost unbelievable seeing misguided gun owners working with gun grabbers to kill this bill. But at the end of the day we’re committed 100% to protecting and enhancing the Second Amendment rights of Iowans, and that means we’ll take on anyone that seeks to block our efforts.

    Whether you’re a billionaire nanny state 1%’er, or a crooked sleazy lobbyist who’s been caught bribing Iowa politicians, it makes no difference to us, we’ll continue to do what we do better than anyone else, and that’s protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of all Iowans.


    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.

  • Review & Preview – Week 13 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    April 12, 2015
    “An armed society is a polite society.”
    -Robert Heinlein

    House Passes Omnibus Gun Bill – AGAIN
    Senate Now Gets A Do-Over

    Week 13 recap:

    Just as expected last week the Iowa House of Representatives passed the Senate File 427, with an amendment restoring the Omnibus Gun Bill, by an extremely wide margin – 73 to 25.
    Here’s the list of House members who voted FOR and AGAINST the Omnibus Gun Bill (SF427). The bill now goes back to the Senate where it needs to be scheduled and voted on by the whole Senate. A complete review of the House vote can be found on the website – IowaFC.org.

    What you need to know for week 14:

    This week the Iowa Legislature will be very busy addressing education funding issues. There are school funding deadlines this week that must be met. What this means is the Iowa House and Senate will likely be wrapped up in education issues and the odds of the Omnibus Gun Bill making any formal progress this week are slim.

    This changes nothing.

    We continue to work extremely hard both publicly and privately to get this bill the vote it deserves. We bring up this education issue so that you know exactly what is happening and aren’t caught off guard or become disheartened as the week goes on without much movement.

    What you can do right now:

     Normally we try to provide you some sort of ‘call to action’ or direction on how you can help convince the legislature to move this bill forward. This week we find ourselves in a somewhat unique situation…

    The bill has the votes to pass if/when it gets called to the Senate floor. You have done an extraordinary job of educating Iowa’s lawmakers about the Omnibus Gun Bill, it’s been impossible for them to ignore this issue.

    But this week we need to you to shift your focus away from the legislature and over to the people of Iowa. We need you to spread the word about the plight of the Omnibus Gun Bill thus far.

    Tell your friends and family about the bill and the good it does for Iowans.
    Tell them how it’s supported by the Iowa Firearms Coalition, but also the National Rifle Association, AND Iowa’s law enforcement communities.
    Tell them how it’s already passed six votes with ease – each time with Republicans AND Democrats voting in favor of it.
    But most importantly tell them how the Iowa Senate leadership has purposely ignored all of this. How a small minority of anti-gun Senators have used their positions to purposely stall the Omnibus Gun Bill, and how in the 11th hour when they could stall no longer they tried to cherry pick only the parts they wanted from the bill and then tell us it’s not their fault they did all this.

    We have the votes to pass the Omnibus Gun Bill. But regardless of whether it comes to a vote or not this message needs to get out.

    We’ve created a couple of videos to help you show the facts about this bill. Please feel free to share these with anyone who may be misinformed about the Omnibus Gun Bill. Right now, more than anything else we need the people of Iowa to know the truth about this bill and the way it’s been handled thus far in the Iowa Senate.

    Of course we’ll be emailing you if there’s any critical updates. If you’re looking for more information we’re posting regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as our website IowaFC.org throughout the week.


    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.

  • 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.

  • House Passes Omnibus Gun Bill, AGAIN. Senate To Get A Mulligan.

    April 8, 2015
    73-25 – Iowa House of Representatives Passes Omnibus Gun Bill – AGAIN!
    All Eyes Now On The Iowa Senate Leadership

    Once again the Iowa House of Representatives has proven the Omnibus Gun Bill enjoys wide support from both Republicans and Democrats. Today it passed yet another vote, this time it was 73 votes in favor to just 25 against. We’ll be sharing the breakdown of who voted for against the bill on our website as soon that information is made available.

    Senate File 427, the latest version of the Omnibus Gun Bill now goes back to the Senate. The Senate has essentially been given a do-over. They now have a very rare opportunity to pass a solid pro-Second Amendment bill for a second time this session. The entire Senate must vote on whether or not to approve of the Omnibus Gun Bill language that passed the House today. If the Senate approves it, the bill then goes to Governor Terry Branstad’s desk to be signed into law, but first thing’s first, the Senate leadership has to schedule SF427 for a vote.

    In a sense we find ourselves in familiar territory, waiting for the Senate leadership to bring a gun bill to a vote. Once again we’d caution you to take everything the media says with a grain of salt. Reports are already circulating that SF427 is all but dead. We’ve heard the media say this before, and we’ve proven them wrong – more than once. The Senate leadership has said they’d like to pass a “pro-gun” bill this session, they monkeyed around with the Omnibus Gun Bill earlier and it came back to bite them. Now they’ve been given a rare second chance to listen to the people of Iowa and live up to their word about wanting to pass a pro-gun owner bill. Time will tell what their true intentions are.

    As it stands right now the earliest the Senate could take up SF427 is next Monday. We also know that there are other non-Second Amendment issues the Senate is dealing with (most notably mandatory deadlines for education funding). Because of this we believe it may be a week and a half to two weeks before we see any public movement on the Omnibus Gun Bill.

    Do not lose sight of the fact that we still have the votes to get this bill passed. We still have support of the people of Iowa, and the support of Iowa’s law enforcement community. What we need is for the Senate leadership to take a long hard look at these facts and reflect on who they’re in Des Moines to serve, the people of Iowa or their own personal prejudices.

    For now we need you to remain patient. Our volunteer lobbyists continue to work daily to get the Omnibus Gun Bill the vote it deserves. Right now they’re telling us they need time to do their thing and as soon as it’s time to turn up the pressure on the Senate they’ll put out the signal and we’ll relay the message that it’s time to go to work. We’ve had a few bumps in the road recently, but we’re still sitting in a very good spot (this is politics after all, and things rarely ever go smoothly).

    Standby for more updates. Take all media reports about the Omnibus Gun Bill with a grain of salt. And for now stand ready to do more work when the appropriate time comes.


    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.