• HSB133 Passes Committee Vote 13-7

    March 1, 2017


    HSB133 Passes Committee Vote 13-7
    Next Stop: Full House of Representatives

    After a four-hour delay HSB133 survives the first funnel of 2017. The bill passed out of committee with an amendment. After concerns about civil immunity related to Stand Your Ground were raised Representative Matt Windchitl clarified that under this bill anyone who’s been deemed to have acted in a reasonable manner in a self-defense situation would be immune from a civil lawsuit under section 707.6 of the Iowa legal code.

    We’ll be sharing the exact text of the amendment passed this by the House Judiciary Committee as soon as it’s made available. You can see video of the House Judiciary Committee’s debate and vote on our IFC Facebook page.

    HSB133 is now eligible for debate and a vote before the full House of Representatives.

    What’s in HSB133?

    Voting AGAINST HSB133 (7):
    Mary Wolfe
    Liz Bennett
    Vicki Lensing
    Brian Meyer
    Jo Oldson
    Ras Smith
    Beth Wessel Kroeschell

    Voting FOR HSB133 (13):
    Chip Baltimore
    Jim Carlin
    Stan Gustafson
    Greg Heartsill
    Lee Hein
    Ashley Hinson
    Megan Jones
    Kevin Koester
    Andy McKean
    Zach Nunn
    Ross Paustian
    Ken Rizer
    Matt Windschitl

    DON’T FORGET!

    HSB133 is now eligible for debate and a vote before the full House of Representatives. There’s a distinct chance this bill could be brought to the floor of the House and voted on next Tuesday (3/7).

    Reminder: the Iowa Firearms Coalition is hosting Second Amendment Day 2017 next Tuesday (3/7).

    Join us for a brief program starting at 10AM in the state capitol, room 102. We’ll introduce you to some key legislators who are leading the fight to protect and enhance the Second Amendment here in Iowa. We’ll also be talking about HSB133 and other important pro-Second Amendment legislation and how you can help advance our cause. Plus, there’s a chance we might get to see HSB133 get voted on in the House of Representatives.

    Make plans to spend the day in the capitol next Tuesday fighting to protect your right to keep and bear arms!

     

    More updates to come

    Thank you for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition


  • House Judiciary VOTING TODAY on HSB133

    February 28, 2017

    Iowa House of Representatives – Judiciary Committee
    HSB133 Vote Scheduled for 2 P.M. TODAY
    LIVE STREAM the debate and vote on the IFC Facebook page

    IFC will alert you to the final outcome of today’s vote shortly after the meeting has wrapped up.

    What’s in HSB133?

    More updates to come
    Thank you for supporting our work!


  • Legislation Update – Week 7 – Poll: MAJORITY of Iowans Support Stand Your Ground

    February 26, 2017

    Week 7 Update
    Poll: Majority of Iowans Support Stand Your Ground
    The Des Moines Register just released their latest Iowa Poll about Stand Your Ground legislation. Here’s their findings:
    54% support Stand Your Ground
    36% oppose Stand Your Ground
    10% are unsure about Stand Your Ground
    The poll, conducted by the widely respected Selzer & Company, was taken between February 6th and 9th and has a 3.5% plus or minus margin of error.What does this mean?

    It means Iowans want Stand Your Ground and no matter how you slice it there’s no way to deny that there are more Iowans who want and support Stand Your Ground law than there are who oppose or are even unsure about this law. If this were a presidential election and a candidate won by an 18 point margin it’d be called an historic landslide victory.

    Of course, IFC members have been saying this for YEARS since we first introduced the first Stand Your Ground bill in Iowa back in 2012. This latest Iowa Poll just confirms everything we’ve been saying.

    Friends, do not let this poll go unnoticed. Spread it far and wide.

    What’s the latest on HSB133?

    Last week HSB133 passed a three person subcommittee in the Iowa House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee. It now awaits a vote in the full House Judiciary Committee. In order for HSB133 to remain viable it must pass out of the House Judiciary Committee by the end of the day this Friday, March 3rd (the first funnel date of the year).

    We have no reason to believe this will be a problem but as always, IFC will alert you whenever legislative action on HSB133 is scheduled.

    What are we up against?

    When HSB133 passed its subcommittee the Iowa Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association and ABATE of Iowa were the only organizations to speak out in favor of the bill. The opposition is rallying as many vocal opponents as possible to try to give the perception that Iowans don’t want HSB133 passed. If you look at who’s registering For or Against the bill you’ll soon discover that we’re pretty much all alone, which is why it’s so important that you stay engaged on this one. Here’s a break down of who’s registered as working for and against HSB133:

    Registered FOR HSB133 Registered AGAINST HSB133
    Iowa Firearms Coalition League of Women Voters of Iowa
    National Rifle Association Broadlawns Medical Center
    ABATE of Iowa Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
    Iowa Valley Community College
    Iowa State Bar Association
    American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa
    Iowa Association of Community College Trustees
    Iowa Central Community College
    Iowa Catholic Conference
    Indian Hills Community College
    Iowa Association of School Boards
    American Academy of Pediatrics – Iowa Chapter
    Board of Regents – State of Iowa
    Iowa Hospital Association
    Blank Childrens Hospital
    Iowa Annual Conference of United Methodist Churches
    Iowans for Gun Safety

    If you have a connection to any of the groups on this list please reach out to them and explain that you support HSB133 and they should too.

    Thin Blue Line Rifle Benefits Iowa COPS

    Last night Iowa COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) held their annual Black and Blue Ball fundraiser for the families of Iowa’s fallen police officers (this includes the family of IFC member and Des Moines Police Sergeant Tony Beminio). To show our support the Iowa Firearms Coalition leveraged some of our firearms industry contacts to build a truly remarkable and one-of-a-kind AR15. Our Thin Blue Line rifle featuring Trijicon optics, a SilencerCo suppressor and skeletonized F-1 Firearms receivers was the marquee raffle item at last night’s fundraiser. Statistics show that three-quarters of our nation’s law enforcement officers support Second Amendment rights much the same way we do. Iowa COPS volunteers are still tallying up the raffle sales from last night, but no matter how much this rifle raised we’re proud to continue to standby Iowa COPS.

    More updates to come
    Thank You for Continuing to Support the
    Iowa Firearms Coalition!

  • House Judiciary Members Report Flood Of Pro-HSB133 Emails

    February 24, 2017

    Dear IFC Members,

    Reports have come to me this morning that following our message to you about the successful passage of HSB133 from the subcommittee yesterday, that representatives on the House Judiciary Committee have been flooded with hundreds of emails from you urging their support on our monumental and historic gun bill.

    First, thank you so much for your eager activism and support!  The truly amazing thing about this deluge of emails you sent, is that we merely listed the names and email addresses of the representatives on the committee in your message.  You all then took it completely upon yourselves to act and make your voices heard on your own, without IFC even needing to set up an Action Alert.  So again, thank you for being such loyal and supportive members!  That’s awesome!

    I have to respectfully request now though, that we dial back the volume.  When House leadership gives you a call at 7:30 AM the next day and asks if anything can be done to stop the flooding of legislators’ inboxes, that’s a sure sign your message has been heard loud and clear!

    I know those of us who believe in freedom, civil liberties, and the Second Amendment have been beaten up and denigrated for years.  I know that now that we have a legislature friendly to our cause, that it is our sincerest wish to throw our eager and passionate support behind them and let them know where we stand.  But that’s just it: These legislators are friendly to our cause, and we want to keep it that way.

    So as a personal request, from me to you, I respectfully ask that if you were going to send an email today or in the very near future to the members of the House Judiciary Committee, to voice your support and urge the passage of HSB133, that you hold off for the time being.  The legislators got the message, they’re on our side, now it’s time to let them get to work.  You have my word that if and when the time comes to apply real pressure, that you all will be the first to know.

    Thank you all again for being so proactive.  You’re the absolute best members an organization could possibly wish for!

    Defending your Second Amendment right in Iowa,
    Barry B. Snell
    Executive Director
    Iowa Firearms Coalition

  • HSB133 Advances Out of Iowa House Subcommitee

    February 23, 2017


    HSB133 ADVANCES 2-1
    Next step: House Judiciary Committee

    House Study Bill 133 just advanced through its subcommittee hearing without amendment on a 2-1 vote with Representatives Matt Windschitl and Greg Heartsill voting Yea and Representative Mary Wolfe voting Nay.

    House Judiciary Subcommittee members for HSB133 Representatives Matt Windschitl, Greg Heartsill and Mary Wolfe

    HSB133 now heads to the House Judiciary Committee. The bill will have to pass out of the House Judiciary by March 3rd in order to avoid being killed by the first legislative funnel of the year. We’ve listed the email addresses of members of the House Judiciary Committee below. Please contact them and respectfully encourage them to advance HSB133 to a vote in the full House of Representatives.

    For those of you wondering how this process works we’ve created step-by-step guide explaining How a Bill Becomes a Law in Iowa. HSB113 has just completed step eight.

    Finally, don’t forget, we’ve got Second Amendment Day in the capitol coming up on March 7th. If all goes well HSB133 will be eligible for a vote in the House at that point and you can tell your elected officials face-to-face you want to see this bill signed into law.

    Join us on March 7th in the capitol!


  • Comprehensive Gun Bill Introduced

    February 20, 2017

    Comprehensive Gun Bill Introduced

    The Iowa House of Representatives has just introduced a major pro-gun owner bill. House Study Bill 133 (HSB133) is a comprehensive gun bill that effectively re-writes a large portion of Iowa’s firearms and use of force laws. HSB133 is a major bill (more than 41 pages long) that benefits Iowa gun owners in numerous ways. We’ve listed a general overview below.

    Full text of House Study Bill 133. HSB133 covers numerous Second Amendment issues and greatly benefits gun owners in Iowa.

     

    This bill revises nearly every portion of Iowa’s weapons law, as well as other sections of the Code dealing with criminal penalties, the justifiable use of force and even regulation of vehicles. Such an extensive effort involves legitimately complex legal considerations. This Study Bill allows time for some final fine-tuning while still meeting legislative deadlines.

     

     

    HSB133 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and a subcommittee consisting of Representatives Matt Windschitl, Greg Heartsill and Mary Wolfe. We expect them to hold a subcommittee meeting this week, most likely Wednesday or Thursday. As always we’ll be updating you on any upcoming action.

    What’s in HSB133?

    • Legalizes SBRs and SBSs
      • These items would be treated like suppressors currently are (must meet federal NFA requirements)
    • Fixes current “Armed with Intent” language
      • Just because you’re armed doesn’t mean you have any intentions of harming anyone
      • Under current law if you charged with a crime while carrying prosecutors can add an additional “Going Armed with Intent” charge even if your alleged crime has nothing to do with the you being armed
    • Lifetime Permits
      • Uniform permits statewide (eliminating county by county permit variations)
    • Removes the current Permit to Acquire requirement
      • Brings Iowa in line with federal gun purchasing laws
      • No permit required, you just need to pass a NICS check
    • Repeals the current ban on supervised youth handgun shooting
      • Kids can shoot and learn proper gun safety under the supervision of a parent, or instructor
    • Permit Privacy
      • Prohibits the public release of any personal information of anyone who holds a Permit to Carry
    • Preemption Cleanup (724.28 re-write)
      • Prohibits any political subdivision (city, county, municipality, regents institution, etc) from creating gun free zones that violate state preemption law
      • Establishes “loser pays” so that if someone sues over the creation of a gun free zone the loser of that lawsuit must pay the winner’s court costs
    • Permit-less Carry
      • Removes the burden of obtaining a Permit to Carry in order for a citizen to exercise their right to keep and bear arms in Iowa.
    • Establishes Emergency Powers restrictions
      • Prohibits the confiscation firearms during a declared state of emergency (i.e. Hurricane Katrina gun confiscations)
    • Legalizes Stand Your Ground
      • Removes the “duty to retreat” from law-abiding citizens who find themselves in a self-defense situation
      • Establishes that as long as you have a reasonable basis for the belief that you are in danger you may defend yourself or those around
    • Increases penalties for Straw Purchasers
      • Anyone caught straw purchasing would be charged with a Class D felony
    • ATV Carry cleanup
      • Removes the requirement of a so-called “retention holster” while operating an ATV or snowmobile

     


  • Sgt. Tony Beminio: Police Officer. Father. IFC Member.

    November 21, 2016

    Sgt. Anthony Beminio IFC

    Today, November 21st, would have been Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio’s 39th birthday. Beminio was ambushed and murdered the morning of November 2nd, 2016. Investigators believe he was murdered by Scott Michael Greene of Urbandale. Greene is also charged in the murder of Justin Martin, an Urbandale police officer.

    Beminio was a veteran police officer, SWAT team member and respected member of the Des Moines community. Beminio was also a Second Amendment advocate and part of the IFC family. He believed strongly in the people’s right to keep and bear arms. He stood alongside the thousands of IFC members using our email Advocacy Campaigns as we pushed for legalizing suppressors, and making Permit to Carry information private in Iowa.

    The news of Sgt. Beminio and Officer Martin’s murders hit most everyone in the State of Iowa very hard. We all received a jarring reminder that evil is everywhere and ready to strike when we least expect it. Once we realized Tony was one of the victims, one of our own, the entire IFC leadership team immediately set to work doing what we could to make sure his family and the Martin family knew we had their backs. Tony was one of thousands of Iowa law enforcement officials who recognized and valued the Second Amendment and supported our cause. We’re eternally grateful to be able to call Tony part of the IFC family.

    For the past several weeks we’ve been using our industry contacts to assemble a fundraiser for the Beminio and Martin families. We’re shoring up some of the final details, but we’re proud to say that some of the biggest names in the firearms industry have stepped up to help us. We’ll be releasing the details shortly.

    In the meantime, Tony, happy birthday brother. From the bottom of our hearts thank you for your years of dedication. To your family. To your community. To IFC and our efforts protect the freedoms of all Iowans. We know you had our backs every single day, and now it’s our turn to help watch over your loved ones. You’re absolutely not forgotten, rest in peace good friend.


    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. 

  • Random Stabbing Attacks Reported in Cedar Falls, IA

    October 18, 2016
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    Image courtesy WCF Courier

     

    Two people in Cedar Falls are in the hospital after being randomly stabbed while in the University Avenue Studios apartments.

    Police were dispatched to the apartment complex at 4:35 p.m. on Monday, October 17th. Once on the scene they found two victims, in separate units, each with multiple stab wounds. Officers believe the victims were chosen at random.

    adam-jacobsenA 47-year-old female victim was taken to the hospital with multiple serious injuries.

    A 62-year-old male victim was taken to the hospital with multiple potentially life threatening injuries.

    Both victims are recovering.

    Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the apparent random stabbings. Right now 28-year-old Adam Jacobsen has been taken into custody. Jacobsen appears to also live in the University Avenue Studios apartment complex.

    adam-jacobsen-fbConcerns have been raised after citizens reported alarming posts on Jacobsen’s Facebook page. Posts from earlier this year have the 28-year-old claiming to be “…craving murder.” In another post Jacobsen claimed “Ive killed people in real and never have or will get caught.” Investigators with the Cedar Falls Police Department say they are aware of these posts and they are part of their ongoing investigation.

    This incident proves once again that violent human beings often defy logic and sometimes you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Being able to defend yourself and your loved ones is each resident’s responsibility. The police cannot be everywhere at once and when trouble comes calling you need to be prepared and able to defend yourself and your loved ones.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition will continue to monitor this story and share more details as they develop.


    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. 

  • 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.