• 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.

  • Who Voted For/Against the Omnibus Gun Bill

    March 11, 2015

    Legalize Suppressors in Iowa

     

    Here’s the breakdown of yesterday’s House vote on HF527, the Omnibus Gun Bill. The bill passed with ease, 75 votes to 24. The vote was noteworthy for two reasons:

    1) It passed with broad bi-partisan support. Republicans and Democrats came together to pass this bill.

    2) Despite 24 votes against HF527, not a single Representative chose to speak out against the bill when given the opportunity. It’s rare for any bill to pass without any voiced opposition. It’s practically unheard of for a pro-gun owner bill to pass without a single voice speaking out against it.

    We’ve now reached a critical point. The Senate version of the Omnibus Gun Bill (SF425) is still awaiting debate and a vote. At this point neither has not been scheduled. We know there are many groups who want to see this bill watered down, or amended to make it un-passable. Please contact your Senator. Tell them to pass SF425 without any change to its content.

    We’ve made it easy for you. Our newest Omnibus Gun Bill Advocacy Campaign allows to you send a respectful and professional email directly to your Senator in less than 60 seconds. Please help spread this vital message.

     

    Voted For the Omnibus Gun Bill (75)

    These 75 Representatives have recognized the value of your constitutional rights. They believe you should be free to teach your children how to properly handle firearms. To own suppressors. To keep your personal information private.

    Please take a second to send them a note or call them (515-281-3221) to say thanks for standing up for your rights and the rights of all Iowans.

     

    Rob Bacon

    Chip Baltimore

    ClelBaudler

    Terry Baxter

    Bruce Bearinger

    Deborah Berry

    Brian Best

    Darrel Branhagen

    Timi Brown-Powers

    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

    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

    Phyllis Thede

    Linda Upmeyer

    Guy Vander Linden

    Ralph Watts

    John Wills

    Matt Windschitl

    Mary Wolfe

    Gary Worthan

    Kraig Paulsen

     

     

    Voted AGAINST the Omnibus Gun Bill (24)

    AkoAbdul-Samad

    Marti Anderson

    Liz Bennett

    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

    Beth Wessel-Kroeschell

    Cindy Winckler

     

    Not voting: Bob Kressig

     


     

    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.

  • Omnibus Gun Bill Passes House Vote Without Debate

    March 10, 2015
    Not a single oppose Representative chose to debate HF527 on the House Floor

    Iowa House File 527 passed by a huge bi-partisan majority.

    HF527 Passes without debate!!

    A short time ago House File 527 passed a vote in the full House of Representatives by a wide margin. The unofficial vote total was 75 in favor t0 24 opposed.

    HF527 has passed with broad support from both Republicans and Democrats. Once again we’ve seen that the Omnibus Gun Bill appeals to both sides of the aisle. We were also pleasantly surprised to see that not a single Representative chose to speak out against HF425 when given the opportunity for debate on the House floor. This is extremely rare for any bill, and almost unheard of for a firearms bill!

    It is now up to the full Senate to debate and vote on Senate File 425, their version of the Omnibus Gun Bill. So far the Senate has not scheduled SF425 for any action. We’ll be sharing the date and time of a Senate vote as soon as that information becomes available. Join our email list to ensure you do not miss any critical updates.

    Protecting SF425 is the Key to Victory

    The House has done it’s part. Now it’s up to the Senate to pass its version of the Omnibus Gun Bill, SF425. This will be the most challenging portion of the entire process. Not because SF425 doesn’t have strong support, but because we know anti-gun legislators may try to alter the bill and make it un-passable.

    We must do everything we can to keep anyone from stripping provisions out of SF425, and just as importantly we must fight to keep those with ill intentions from adding any poison pill amendments to this bill. Please contact your senators and respectfully urge them to pass SF425 without any change to its content. Our latest Advocacy Campaign makes it easy to email your senators. Please share this tool with everyone who values their freedoms!

    Not Quite Perfection – But Still REALLY Good

    The Omnibus Gun Bills have made it this far because a great number of groups have come together to support this bill. The Iowa Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association, the American Suppressor Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation all back this bill. So do the Iowa Sheriffs and Sheriff’s Deputies Association, the Iowa Police Chiefs Association, and other law enforcement groups. If changes are made to the content of SF425 key supporters will pull out and this will effectively kill the Omnibus Gun Bills’ chances of making it to the Governor’s desk.

    This bill reclaims a lot of liberties. It’s not perfect, there are still a lot of things we’d love to see changed in Iowa, but this goes a very long way towards protecting and enhancing the Second Amendment rights of more than 3 million Iowans. If we can keep SF425 from being changed we’re optimistic we can get the Omnibus Gun Bill passed and then signed into law!

    Please, take 60 seconds to use our latest Advocacy Campaign to tell your Senator to pass SF425 without any change!


    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.

  • Legislative Alert – House Vote on Omnibus Gun Bill Expected Tomorrow!

    March 9, 2015

     

    Take action now! Tell the legislature to pass the Omnibus Gun Bills in their original form!

    House Vote on HF527 (formerly HSB201) expected tomorrow morning

    Late this afternoon we learned that tomorrow morning the House version of the Omnibus Gun Bill is scheduled for debate and a vote by the full House of Representatives.

    The House of Representatives expect to begin debating and voting on a number of bills starting at around 10 a.m..

    The House version of the Omnibus Gun Bill has been given a new number. Previously it was House Study Bill 201, it is now House File 527.

    You can live stream the debate and vote through the Iowa Legislature’s website. There’s also an audio stream available if the video does not cooperate.

    Once again we expect debate and voting to begin around 10 a.m.. There may be a few bills ahead of HF527, so don’t log off if you don’t see it right away.

    Progress in the Senate

    There’s also been some movement with the Senate version of the Omnibus Gun Bill. It has also been given a new number. It is now known as Senate File 425 (SF425).

    SF425 has not been scheduled for debate or a vote in the full Senate yet. We’ll share that information as soon as it becomes available.

    Media Coverage

    There’s been a flood of media talking to IFC leadership about the Omnibus Gun Bills. In the last week we’ve literally been seen or heard in every corner of the state.

    Today was no different, but we wanted to share two links because they are great examples of what these bills are all about. This morning the Gibson girls were on with WHO Radio’s Jan Mickelson talking about why Iowa needs to repeal the ban on supervised youth handgun shooting. Once again these sisters did a great job, and are able to frame this issue in a manner that no one else can.

    Then over the lunch hour, IFC supporter and staunch Second Amendment advocate Representative Matt Windschitl was on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River program. He was joined by a number of gun control advocates who want to stop the Omnibus Gun Bills from reaching the governor’s desk. Representative Windschitl repeatedly took them to task, and did an outstanding job speaking on behalf of Iowa’s firearms community.

    Keep Active!

    In the last week our Omnibus Gun Bills have gone from complete obscurity to being one of the most talked about news items in the state. We’re generating a lot of very positive publicity and the legislature is most certainly taking note.

    Please continue to contact your legislators. Particularly members of the Senate. Politely inform them we want to see the Omnibus Gun Bills (HF527 & SF425) passed without any changes to their content.

    We’re rocking the boat and making waves in the legislature, keep up the great work Iowans!

    Fighting for your Second Amendment Rights,
    Sheena Green
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member


    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.

  • Des Moines Register Attempts To Justify Printing Gun Owner’s Personal Information

    March 3, 2015
    Keep the media from sharing your personal information.

    It’s time to protect Iowan’s Permit to Carry information.

    Our pro-gun owner legislation, House Study Bill 201, has hit a nerve with the Des Moines Register – big surprise right? The paper has now run two pieces against HSB201 on two consecutive days.

    First it was a story on Monday where the Register’s lobbyist claimed the Second Amendment was important but then insinuated their right to know who has guns and who does not trumps your right to privacy.

    Then today (Tuesday) the Register editorial board issued another attempt to justify prying into the personal information of everyone who has a permit to carry in Iowa.

    Quite frankly we’re not at all surprised to see the Register’s vehement opposition to HSB201 and you shouldn’t be either. It’s a major pro-gun owner bill and they’ve historically opposed most everything that protects or enhances the Second Amendment rights of Iowans.

    More specifically, what we’ve done with HSB201 is write a provision in that would block the state from sharing the personal information of anyone who’s got a permit to carry, or a permit to acquire. This is what has the Register up in arms. Right now if someone were to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the state they could get the personal information (names, addresses, dates of birth, etc.) of every Iowan with a concealed carry permit or permit to acquire.

    You may remember 2012, when in the wake of the Newtown tragedy the Journal News of New York filed a FOIA request and published the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in their region. Not only did they publish that very private information, they also created an interactive map of the pistol owners addresses making it easy for any thieves, thugs, and domestic abusers to find their victims.

    This irresponsible act of “journalism” was nothing more than an attempt to marginalize and shame gun owners in the Journal News reading area. What’s worse, by publishing this information the Journal News also published the names and addresses of law enforcement officers and prison guards. Rockland County law enforcement condemned the act saying it endangered the lives of their officers. There were reports of convicts taunting prison guards saying they now knew exactly where to find the guard and their families once they were released, and victims of domestic violence, rape, and other violent crimes who had reported their attackers now had easy access to their new homes.

    The Journal News and the Des Moines Register are both part of the same Gannett media company, and right now there’s nothing stopping the Register or any other media outlet from pulling the same kind of stunt here in Iowa. We also know this isn’t an isolated case. Media outlets around the country are using FOIA requests to build databases of gun owners personal information. These are all reasons why we are fighting to protect gun owners privacy.

    So try to frame this however you like Des Moines Register, but this isn’t about government overreach or your right to know, it’s about hundreds of thousands of Iowa firearms owners and our right to privacy. This is about media overreach and standing up for the everyday John and Jane Doe who simply want to be able to protect themselves and their loved ones from those who seek to do us harm. We’re law-abiding citizens and we have a right to go about our business without being marked for extra scrutiny because we acknowledge that our personal security starts with us.


     

    Iowans-

    If you’re like us and want to keep your information private please sign our petition and join us in supporting House Study Bill 201. Click here to learn more about this pro-gun owner bill.

    We’ve made it easy to write your legislators and tell them you want to keep the media from sharing your private information.

    Please take action today.


    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.

  • Omnibus Firearms Bill Addressing Suppressors & Many Gun Issues to be Filed Soon

    March 1, 2015
    Windschitl wants to legalize suppressors and fix many other Second Amendment issues in Iowa.

    Rep. Matt Windschitl’s latest newsletter describing his suppressor/firearms omnibus bill for Iowa.

    The time for action is very near

    As you may know, we’ve hinted for a while now that a big firearms bill is in the works. We’re still putting the final touches on it, but the time has come to start spreading the word.

    We plan to legalize suppressors and fix many issues that have plagued Iowa’s firearms owners for years.

    Representative Matt Windchitl, a stalwart supporter of Iowa’s firearms community, will soon introduce a wide-ranging omnibus firearms bill. Windschitl made the announcement in his latest legislative newsletter. Building off last year’s landslide of support for legalizing suppressors, the bill addresses suppressors and many other issues the Iowa Firearms Coalition has raised over the last several years.

    According to Windschitl the bill:

    -Legalizes suppressors and creates a process for a chief law enforcement officer to sign off on the paper work a citizen needs to purchase a suppressor. This is a federal requirement and just one step in the process to obtain a suppressor.

    -Corrects the renewal process and extends the time a person can go without retraining from 5 years to 10 years. So a permit will last for 5 years, but you can renew it without retraining on your first renewal.

    -Creates a simplified method of obtaining retraining after this 10 year window by allowing the retraining to be a simple online course approved by the NRA or Department of Public Safety. It also allows for a person to shoot on a range for their qualification if they so choose or to take a full course like they did for their first permit.

    -Specifically exempts veterans with small arms training from ever having to go through initial training or retraining if they can produce their military qualifications at the time of application.

    -Lengthens the window in which you can renew your permit from the current 30 days prior to expiration requirement, to now allowing you to renew 30 days before or after the expiration date on the permit.

    -Clarifies that when an applicant takes online training that it is done with either a live instructor teaching a course, or that an instructor has taught a prerecorded course. In either case the applicants participation must be verified by an instructor.

    -Eliminates the annual permit to acquire and makes this an optional permit to acquire firearms that will now be good for 5 years instead of 1 year.

    -Establishes permit privacy so the information you submit to obtain your permit will no longer be subject to public information requests. Your personally identifiable information will only be able to be released to law enforcement when necessary in the course of their duties. This protects not only permit holders, but also none permit holders as it will prevent someone with criminal intentions from being able to readily identify who may or may not have a weapon.

    -Eliminates the absurd law that bans parents from being able to teach their children under fourteen how to shoot a pistol or revolver. Under current law if a parent wants to teach their child to shoot a rifle or shotgun they can, but they cannot teach a child under fourteen how to use a pistol or revolver. This change will put the responsibility to make the decision of when a child should be taught firearm safety back where it belongs, in the parents hands.

    -Establishes a statewide verification system law enforcement can use to check the validity of a permit. This is good for both law enforcement and those Iowans who exercise their right to carry a weapon. Currently if you were to forget your permit and be stopped by law enforcement they would have to seize your weapon and potentially charge you for carrying without a permit. With the system they will be able to verify if you have a valid permit and not take your weapon away. Having this system may also help us to gain reciprocity with other states like Minnesota. Do not be alarmed though, this is not a gun registry or database of firearm owners. The system will only contain information that verifies if a permit is valid or not. It will not include information on specific weapons or people who simply own weapons but do not have a permit.

    -Will create uniform permits throughout the state that will only have necessary information listed on the permit card. This will apply to both a permit to carry and the now optional permit to acquire. We specifically strike the requirement to have a person’s residence listed on the permit card as there is no need for this information on a permit. Uniformity in permits will not only be a benefit to law enforcement but also the public and firearm stores.

    -Outlaws the practice commonly referred to by law enforcement as a “straw purchase”, where someone who is prohibited from having a firearm obtains one by having another person purchase a firearm for them.  Federal law already has similar prohibitions, but state law is not as clear as it needs to be on the topic.

    The Clock Is Ticking

    During Iowa’s legislative process a bill must meet certain deadlines. The first of these deadlines is Friday March 6th (sometimes called the first funnel). This is when all bills must be passed out of the committees they’ve been assigned. We’ve created a page explaining How a Bill Becomes a Law in Iowa.

    As soon as this bill is introduced the Iowa Firearms Coalition will be spreading the message. We have just a few short days to get this bill passed out of committee before the first funnel. It’s a big task, but we’ve been preparing for this for months, and thanks to the groundwork our lobbyists have been laying we’re confident we can get past this first hurdle IF we can show strong grassroots support from across the state.

    Sign up for our email list for the latest information. We’ll also be spreading the message on our Facebook & Twitter pages. Follow us and join the conversation.

    More updates to come!


    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.

  • Key Legislator Wants To Know Your Top Priorities

    December 10, 2014

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    CLICK HERE to tell Senator Sodders’ that 2nd Amendment issues are a top priority!

    Iowa Senator Steve Sodders is asking for input on what your priorities are for the upcoming legislative session. It’s common for legislators to produce a survey such as this, but this survey is particularly important for Iowa’s firearms community. That’s because Senator Sodders will soon be the chair of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, this position is a key bottleneck for almost every piece of firearms legislation. As chair of the Judiciary Committee Sodders can determine which bills do and do not get scheduled for votes. We’ve seen this used against us time and time again by the previous chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Rob Hogg.

    Please take a minute or two to fill out Senator Sodders’ survey and tell him to protect and enhance our 2nd Amendment rights here in Iowa.

    Please be honest with your survey answers, but please also remember to act like adults and keep your responses respectful. We look forward to working with Senator Sodders in the upcoming session. If you’re not sure how to answer some of the questions you can skip all of them except the first.

    To make this easier for the Iowa Firearms Coalition has drafted up answers to the first and last survey question. Please feel free to use them if you’d like.

    CLICK HERE to tell Senator Sodders’ that 2nd Amendment issues are a top priority!

     

    Question:

    What issue is most important to you in 2015?

    Answer: Other

     Protecting and enhancing the 2nd Amendment rights of Iowans.

    Question:

    What else do you think I should focus on in 2015?

    Answer:

    Protecting and enhancing our 2nd Amendment rights. For instance: amending the Iowa Constitution to include a Right to Keep and Bear Arms (RKBA) statement; protecting firearms owners personal information from maliciously being published in the media; legalizing suppressors and other NFA items; maintaining the current Shall Issue rules and requirements for concealed carry; passing a castle doctrine/stand your ground law.

    I also expect you to acknowledge that my 2nd Amendment rights shall not be infringed upon — more specifically, any attempt at gun control, onerous requirements, restrictions, or alterations to Iowa’s legal code intended to make the usage of firearms any more difficult ought to be opposed. Each of these is an infringement on my rights and a violation of the constitution.


    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.