• Legislative Update – Week 3

    January 31, 2016

    It’s been a remarkable week in the Iowa legislature, particularly in the House of Representative’s Judiciary Committee. Monday the Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act passed its subcommittee vote. Tuesday the Hearing Protection Act passed its subcommittee vote. And Thursday the ATV Carry Act passed its subcommittee vote. This means we now have four bills awaiting votes in the full judiciary committee (the Emergency Protection Act passed its subcommittee vote a week ago), and expect more to be introduced.

    For the latest information on each of these bills, including a list of which lawmakers will be voting on these issues next, head on over to our 2016 Iowa Legislative Session page.

    This week also saw a noteworthy development on the national stage. Michael Bloomberg, the anti-gun movement’s sugar daddy recently announced that he’s seriously considering a run for president. He’s allegedly prepared to spend $1 billion dollars of his own money to self-fund his campaign. Bloomberg, the Godfather of Gun Control, thinks he could enter the race as a “moderate candidate” and take the White House. It sounds like a farce, but it’s possible.

    Bloomberg’s announcement shines a light on a major problem here in Iowa. There’s zero mention of the people of Iowa’s right to keep and bear arms in our state constitution. We’re one of only six states in the entire country without a right to keep and bear arms clause in our state constitution. This oversight could prove disastrous should we ever find ourselves with another President Clinton… or President Bloomberg. The link below has more information about this situation and what the Iowa Firearms Coalition is doing to right this wrong.

    And finally, we’re extremely proud to announce this year’s Second Amendment Day in the Iowa Legislature will be held on February 23rd. The Iowa Firearms Coalition has organized a legislative action day in the state capitol and it’s open to any and all pro-Second Amendment advocates in Iowa.

    Come out, meet IFC’s lobbyists and leaders, meet your fellow Second Amendment advocates, but most importantly meet your legislators and make your voice heard in the absolute best way possible, face-to-face.

    This year’s Second Amendment Day will be on a Tuesday, so the legislature will be in session. Which means your legislators won’t be able to ignore the mass of Second Amendment advocates in the capitol. So circle that date and start making arrangements to bring a truckload of friends. Once again this year’s Second Amendment Day will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd.

    2/23… 2.23… .223… see what we did there? 😉 More details about what time to be in the capitol and what to expect will be released soon. For now please hit the link below and sign up to join us at the capitol!

    Thanks for your ongoing support Iowans!

    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. 

  • Joni Ernst Carries a “Beautiful Little S&W 9mm” Virtually Everywhere

    January 20, 2015

    Long before Joni Ernst was elected to congress, she was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

    We’ve been big fans of Joni for a long time. She’s a mother, a soldier, and someone who recognizes it is her responsibility to protect herself.

    In 2012 at our Second Amendment Rally, Joni proudly boasted that she owned a “beautiful little Smith and Wesson 9mm” that she carries virtually everywhere in her little black purse. Fast forward to the 7:25 mark in our YouTube clip to see Joni talk about the importance of concealed carry laws and Second Amendment rights.

    We’re proud that Joni’s a supporter of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, and we’re extremely happy that Iowa’s first woman elected to congress is such a strong protector of the Second Amendment.

    Make ’em squeal Joni!



    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.

  • An Open Letter from Outgoing IFC President Jeff Burkett

    November 17, 2014

    It is my honor to announce Barry Snell as the new President of Iowa Firearms Coalition. Barry is a solid pro-Second Amendment patriot who will serve you well. It is a great privilege to be able to pass the torch to someone who will be able to bring some fresh energy and ideas to the role as well as continue in the traditions that have made us Iowa’s most respected and successful firearms rights organization.

    I recruited Barry to IFC after reading an article he had authored in the Iowa State Daily and I have been grateful for his contributions as IFC’s Communications Director. I look forward to working with him as he assumes the Presidency.

    I am sure the first question that comes to mind for most is curiosity as to why we are making this change. In short, I have too much going on to continue with the day-to-day operations of the organization. I have a full time job in IT, I have a wife and 5 kids, I am a volunteer EMT in our small town, and I am actively involved in our local community in various other ways, including coaching kids athletics and local church activities. Right now, my professional career and family simply need more of my time.

    In anticipation of this move, the IFC Board of Director’s last spring elected me to the Board, where I will continue to serve our members. I will primarily continue to help with lobbying and legislative efforts, as well as in developing the vision for the organization moving forward. I will also continue to speak publicly for the organization as needed at gun shows, IFC gatherings, in the media and other outlets.

    IFC has proudly been a completely volunteer organization from its inception as Iowa Carry (as we were known before successfully changing Iowa to a Shall Issue state). I started volunteering with the organization in an official capacity about 8 years ago, helping at gun shows and bringing in new members before officially being asked to help out as the Action Center Manager. Over 3 years ago I was honored to be elevated to the position of IFC President, but it’s time for me to concentrate more on my family, take a step into a less demanding role and allow others to serve.

    Additionally, I want to say thank you to all of you who are faithful members of this great organization. I can honestly say that every dime you give to this organization goes 100% to the cause. In addition, you give your time and attention, which is invaluable. I can’t stress enough how much respect our organization receives at the Capitol because of your willingness to work hard and represent our cause with great honor and pride.

    I also want to thank those of you that served directly under me in more prominent roles. I deeply value your friendship and contribution to the cause. Thank you for continuing to make extra time to keep this organization moving forward.

    My sincere thanks go to the Board of Directors for your friendship and confidence in me as a leader. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the membership and all Iowans as we continue the fight to fully reclaim our Second Amendment rights.

    Finally, to my wife and family: Thank you for all of your support and encouragement over the past few years. It’s taken a tremendous amount of time away from you, yet you’ve been supportive of me and the cause through it all. I love you and appreciate you as you’ve walked this journey with me.

    Continuing to advance your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,

    Jeff Burkett
    Board of Directors
    Iowa Firearms Coalition

  • Change in Leadership for Iowa’s Premier Gun Rights Group

    November 17, 2014


    Barry Snell follows Jeff Burkett as IFC President

    There’s been a change in leadership within the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Jeff Burkett has retired from his position as president of the organization. Burkett is being succeeded by Communications Director Barry Snell. Burkett will join the IFC Board of Directors where he will remain active with organization.

    Burkett has been with the organization since 2008 and has served as president since 2011. He’s played a key role in many major projects, including: changing Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting system from May Issue to Shall Issue, the creation of a Dove Hunting season, and fighting off proposed weapons bans in several Iowa communities.

    Barry Snell has served as Communications Director for the Iowa Firearms Coalition since early 2014. A lifelong shooter, Snell’s professional experience includes a political science degree from Iowa State, legislative work in the Iowa Capitol, and public service in both Iowa law enforcement and the US Army.

    Snell and Burkett have already coordinated on many projects, and the change in leadership will not have any effect on day to day operations.


    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.


  • Visiting Dignitary: The Brighter Side of the NRA

    November 14, 2014

    Stand and Fight

    There’s a lot of misguided thought in our country about the NRA, but few people take the time to appreciate the value an organization such as this provides to our great republic. The following letter was penned by Lech Marcinkowski, a visiting dignitary who serves as an adviser to the Polish President. In it, he points out the benefits the NRA provides our country and he does so in a way that only someone foreign to our country can do. The millions of men and women who fill the ranks of the NRA already recognize these benefits, but somehow hearing this message from a new source can remind us of just how good we have it here in the United States.


    The Brighter Side of the NRA – Lech Marcinkowski

    Despite all of the criticism directed at the National Rifle Association (NRA), I find their presence beneficial to democracy in the U.S. and I wish a similar organization appeared in my own country, Poland. As a Marshall Memorial Fellow, I recently met with NRA representatives in Washington, DC. This marked the first time I was confronted with a comprehensive set of arguments for bearing guns. I was fascinated by the actual power of an organization that was founded in 1871 to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis.”

    There is abundant research on the NRA and its influence on the political life of the U.S. It claims to have over 5 million members, of which over 3 million regularly pay their dues. Most of their income is from contributions, grants, royalties, advertising, and the firearms industry. Many would characterize the NRA as one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the U.S. In addition, it seems to be an organization with the ability to successfully engage average citizens in debate and encourage them to participate in the political life of the country. One of the most notable results of their efforts seems to be a large number of bumper-stickers devoted to this subject.

    These stickers are fun, but don’t let that distract you from their impact. The NRA is able to encourage people not only to post a sticker, but also to be engaged in political life. It runs voter registration drives; Get Out The Vote campaigns at the national, state, and local levels; it recruits, trains and mobilizes Election Volunteer Coordinators; and it remains politically active throughout the United States despite being a “single issue” organization. I witnessed a political rally in Rapid City, South Dakota, where a former governor was endorsed by the NRA as a Senate candidate. About 200 people participated in the event, which featured the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, the former NRA president and current attorney general of South Dakota. The candidate, Mike Rounds, hoped he would gain from the campaign organized by NRA supporters, who cheered loudly at every promise he made about the right to bear arms.

    How can such a marginal movement (marginal in terms of their area focus of) have such a beneficial influence on the political activity of an average American? It might be due to a very controversial yet simple subject, and a strong reference to the Constitution. By basing their rights on the Second Amendment, the NRA constantly reminds Americans about the importance of the Constitution and the necessity to respect it. Leaving aside the debate of whether the Founding Fathers meant single-shot, muzzle-loading muskets or semi-automatic shotguns, the discussion is anchored in the law, as citizens always coming back to individual liberties, directing individuals’ attention to their rights and responsibilities.

    Upon reflection regarding civil society in my country, Poland, I see a need for such an organization to mobilize citizens. It has been only 25 years since the fall of communism and yet the turnout in general elections rarely reaches 50% of eligible voters, not to mention the low participation in NGOs or civic actions at both local and national levels. The quality of public debate is also poor. Is there any issue in my country so contentious that it would spark permanent civic involvement throughout the country? Is there any organization with, at least in theory, comparable potential outreach? Unfortunately, I do not think so.

    Would I be willing to pay the price that Americans do to have such an organization? In addition to violent crime, there comes the knowledge that everyone around you can have a gun.

    However strange it may sound to opponents of the NRA, I would be willing to pay this price for the benefit of democracy– so essential do I find civic participation.

    Lech Marcinkowski, Advisor, Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, is a 2014 Marshall Memorial Fellow

    If you’re a firearms owner, or 2nd Amendment enthusiast but do not belong to the NRA, please join. The Iowa Firearms Coalition is offering $10 off annual memberships. Becoming a member means you’ll be joining millions of Americans in our nation’s largest, most powerful 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Short of voting (which you should be doing already), this is one of the best ways to help defend our 2nd Amendment rights.