• Week 6 Update | The Funnel Is Coming

    February 19, 2017

    Week 6 Update
    The Funnel Is Coming

    There’s less than two weeks until the first legislative funnel of the year. What is the “funnel” and why does it matter? The funnel is essentially a deadline in the legislature. If a bill fails to make enough progress by the funnel date it’s considered dead for the year. It’s a way for lawmakers to keep focused on bills that have potential for passage and keep them from getting bogged down by an unending barrage of new bills.

    The first funnel is March 3rd. We need our bills out of committee by this date. So far we’ve seen a lot of pro-gun owner bills introduced but what we haven’t seen is any of them advancing out of committee. We’re getting down to crunch time, less than two weeks until the first funnel. We fully expect to see a lot of activity on gun-related bills in the next couple of weeks. We’ll be emailing you with updates and directions on how to help as things develop.

    PETITION – The Iowa Constitution Has No 2nd Amendment – FIX THIS!

    In the mean time please sign our petition in support of adding the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to the Iowa Constitution.

    If you haven’t heard by now Iowa is one of only six states whose constitution does not guarantee it’s citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. In short, there’s no version of the Second Amendment in the Iowa Constitution. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize this is a major problem.

    Stand Your Ground, Constitutional Carry, Concealed Carry, Open Carry, suppressors, SBRs, the freedom to simply own a gun in Iowa — ALL OF IT, it all requires that your Right to Keep and Bear Arms is written in the state constitution. Currently we have no such protection in here in Iowa. Without this amendment a runaway legislature or activist judges on the Iowa Supreme Court could quickly wipe out all the liberties we currently enjoy.

    Please encourage your freedom loving friends and family members to sign this petition and start voicing their support. Iowans need and deserve to have their freedoms protected by the Iowa Constitution!

    UPDATE: Second Amendment Day – March 7th

    We’ve been telling you for weeks, this year’s Second Amendment Day is being held on March 7th at the Iowa Capitol, apparently word is getting around and now anti-gunners are feeling intimidated.

    Moms Demand Action just scheduled their “Lobby Day” for March 8th, the day after our Second Amendment Day. We’re sure these Bloomberg gun control advocates will say their scheduling is purely coincidental, but no matter what they claim it’s important that you join us on March 7th and send a strong message to Iowa’s lawmakers:

    “Iowans want their freedoms left alone and we certainly don’t want some out-of-state billionaire telling us how to live our lives!”

    March 7th – Second Amendment Day in the Capitol – Be there!

    More updates to come, stand ready folks!

    Thank you for continuing to support the Iowa Firearms Coalition!

  • Senate voting on suppressors as early as Tuesday

    March 7, 2016

    Senate voting on suppressors as early as Tuesday

    Iowans-

    We’ll keep this brief, House File 2279, the Hearing Protection Act is expected to be voted on in the Iowa Senate as soon as tomorrow!

    Please EMAIL YOUR SENATOR about this bill.

    Live streaming is available of the Senate debate and vote on this bill. There’s no way of knowing the exact time the bill will hit the floor, but once we have decent idea we’ll be putting out an update on our IFC Facebook and Twitter pages.

    No matter what happens we’ll be sharing the outcome of the Senate’s Hearing Protection Act vote shortly after it is complete.

    More updates to come! Thanks so much for helping IFC protect and enhance the Second Amendment in Iowa!


    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. 

  • VICTORY in Indianola – Simpson Shooting Club Saved – Anti-gunners Defeated

    February 6, 2016

    Simpson Victory Shooting Club Saved Anti Gunners Defeated

    We’ve got great news to report out of Indianola. The Simpson College Shooting Club, which recently came under attack from anti-gunners, has been saved and the college will be moving forward with hiring a full-time coach!

    We alerted Iowa Firearms Coalition members and followers to this story mid-week. Anti-gunners were pushing for the “immediate dissolution of the proposed shooting program and coach.” The anti’s were upset that Simpson College had a shooting club the first place, they were also upset that the club was growing so fast that the college was considering hiring a full-time coach. They also fussed about the club receiving a grant from the National Shooting Sports Federation. In addition to that the shooting club does nothing to “positively influence students to come to Simpson College” (their words, not ours). Then there’s also fact they believe the very presence of firearms on the Simpson College (even club’s shotguns locked away in the campus security office) is an insult to Simpson students and alumni.

    So to recap, Simpson’s shooting club is growing and could use a full-time coach. The club also received grant money to help cover their a part of their costs so as not to further burden the college financially. Because of that the anti-gunners lashed out calling for the “dissolution” of the entire program.

    The anti’s got a petition started in late January trying to push their agenda on the school’s Board of Trustees. In a week an a half they gathered 187 signatures. The Simpson College Shooting Club started their own petition to show support for the shooting club and shared it with the Iowa Firearms Coalition. In a matter of just a few short days we pushed the support petition to more than 2,200 signatures! The response was truly overwhelming! IFC members turned out in droves to show their support for the shooting club and it paid off BIG.

    Late Friday we received word that Simpson College’s Board of Trustees met, and had a “lively discussion” about the future of the club. But in the end the college sided with the shooting club and decided to continue with their plan to hire a full-time coach. So not only did Simpson College not dissolve the shooting club, they took it one step farther and will soon be hiring a full-time coach! Way to go Simpson College trustees, you made the right call siding with the constitutionally protected rights of your students!

    The Simpson College Shooting Club’s current advisor Adam Brustkern has asked that we extend the club’s sincere thanks to the Iowa Firearms Coalition members who rallied around his team and helped protect the shooting sports at Simpson College.

    WELL DONE IFC MEMBERS!!!


    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.