• UPDATE: Bloomberg Crew Targeting Iowa Based HyVee Grocery Stores

    October 27, 2015
    IFC members are beginning to hear back from HyVee officials.

    IFC members are beginning to hear back from HyVee officials.

     

    Initial Response

    Less than a week ago the Iowa Firearms Coalition discovered the latest Everytown for Gun Safety scheme. As we first pointed out on October 23rd the anti-gunners are targeting HyVee grocery stores.

    Apparently they have to do something after their boycott of Kroger grocery stores ended in a complete and utter failure.

    Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, Michael Bloomberg and host of other state level gun control advocates are now calling on HyVee to ban open carry in their stores. After our initial alert we saw a wave of Iowa Firearms Coalition members reaching out to HyVee. Here’s just one of the responses our members shared with us (click the image for a full resolution image).

    An initial response from HyVee to an Iowa Firearms Coalition member who contacted them. Note the importance of contacting your local store managers!

    An initial response from HyVee to an Iowa Firearms Coalition member who contacted them. Note the importance of contacting your local store managers!

    Local Store Managers Are Key

    HyVee’s corporate policy is to adhere to state and local laws, which is good. But there’s a catch. HyVee lets each store decide if there’s any further restrictions that should be in place. As this particular email says…

    “Autonomy is given to store directors, who we feel are in the best position to know those locals laws and gauge the sentiment of their neighborhood customers.”

    We’ve added our own emphasis to that quote to highlight the most important part — store directors are the ones who determine whether or not bans such as this are taken up at HyVee grocery stores.

    Moral of the story? Contacting the corporate offices is a great start, but if you really want to stop this gun ban non-sense you need to be contacting the HyVee store managers in your area.

    Key Points to Emphasize

    Because we know the anti-gunners resort to misinformation and mischaracterization we highly encourage you to contact your local store managers about any potential gun bans at their store. Remember to be polite. These anti-gunners work extremely hard to paint a picture that gun owners are callous thugs and bullies. We need prove them wrong, and the best way of doing that is by being polite and respectful while making our case to neutral parties like HyVee store managers.

    When talking to store officials there’s a few key facts to point out:

    1) Thank you for currently respecting the rights of all shoppers — including those who happen to be gun owners.

    2) Gun control advocates are trying to very hard to mischaracterize gun owners as a threat.

    3) Permit to Carry holders and gun owners are not the problem — criminals are — we’re law-abiding citizens going about our business in peace.

    4) Everytown for Gun Safety tried boycotting Kroger Grocery Stores over this same issue. Kroger stood behind its policy and the Everytown boycott no negative impact on Kroger’s sales.

    5) Please avoid the urge to ban gun. This does nothing but disarm and endanger your shoppers.

    There’s more than 235 HyVees spread across eight Midwest states. We can’t list all of their contact info, but fortunately the HyVee website has a quick and easy tool to find contact info of stores near you.

    The Big Picture

    For some the concept of open carry can be quite controversial, but regardless of your personal opinions on matter don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. These campaigns to ban open carry in popular grocery stores are just the opening rounds in a much larger and ongoing fight to marginalize all firearms owners.

    Anti-gunners, using out-of-touch 1% billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s money, are trying like mad to paint the picture that tens of millions of gun owning Americans are a threat to everyone’s safety. Therefore they must be banned from everyday places such as grocery stores, coffee shops, etc.. We all know that peaceful, law-abiding gun owners live and walk among us every single day with no ill effects. But while we recognize that, it’s important to remember that a very large portion of the population has no idea. Showing them that we gun owners are not what the murderous thugs and bullies Bloomberg drones try to portray us as is absolutely critical.

    If you find this information useful in any way, please help the Iowa Firearms Coalition fight to protect and enhance our Second Amendment rights here in Iowa and abroad. We’re an all volunteer organization and we’d love to have you become an official member. You can sign up or make a donation on our membership page.


    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. 

     

     

  • Bloomberg Crew Targeting Iowa Based HyVee Grocery Stores

    October 23, 2015
    HyVee grocery stores are the latest target of gun control efforts.

    HyVee grocery stores are the latest target of gun control efforts.

     

    The anti-gun Bloomberg crew lead by Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety are continuing their campaign to persecute lawful gun owners. This time it’s at HyVee Grocery Stores.

    The West Des Moines, Iowa based company operates more than 235 stores in 8 Midwest states. A very short time ago the gun control zealots opened up a petition specifically targeting HyVee stores and demanding they ban open carry in all HyVee stores.

    HyVee Gun Control Demands

    Anti-gunners are demanding that HyVee prohibit law-abiding citizens from exercising their rights.

    Persecuting Shoppers

    After realizing they stood no chance of getting their gun control agenda passed at the federal level these anti-gunners, lead by the out of touch billionaire Michael Bloomberg, have been forced to settle for badgering individual businesses. They use startling, and misleading images to scare uneducated shoppers into thinking anyone who carries a gun is a threat. This campaign of ignorance and fear saw a few early successes as some companies caved to their demands. But more recently the anti’s have found it harder and harder to sell their anti-freedom propaganda.

    Kroger Gets It Right

    Last year the anti-gunners targeted the Kroger grocery store and all of their subsidiaries. After numerous attempts to try to bully store management into banning the lawful open carry of firearms Moms Demand Action and their siblings at Everytown for Gun Safety fell flat on the faces yet again.

    Kroger management carefully weighed the facts, looking beyond the anti-gunners superficial scare campaign. More importantly store management examined the law their customers must adhere to. And you know what they realized? Gun owners aren’t the threat Bloomberg and Co. make them out to be and there was not reason to cave to the anti-gunners.

    In the end Kroger held to their principles and declared they would not bow to these demands. Instead they would continue to follow all applicable laws and not dictate to their customers.

    Kroger Chief Financial Officer Michael Schlotman made the store’s policy crystal clear on CNBC’s Squawk Box:

    “If the local gun laws are to allow open carry, we’ll certainly allow customers to do that based on what the local laws are. We don’t believe it’s up to us to legislate what the local gun control laws should be. It’s up to the local legislators to decide to do that.

    So we follow local laws [and] we ask our customers to be respectful to the other people they are shopping with. And we really haven’t had any issues inside of our stores as a result of that.”

    The icing on the cake? Despite a high-profile anti-gunner boycott of all things Kroger, the chain of grocery stores actually saw a 21% increase in profits!

    HyVee, how will you respond?

    So, HyVee executives, the anti-gunners are setting their sights on you and your stores. Your colleagues at Kroger have set a great example for you. As representatives of hundreds of thousands of peaceful, trained and law-abiding Permit to Carry holders we urge to follow their lead. As Everytown, Moms Demand Action, and Michael Bloomberg’s out of touch billionaire cronies turn up the pressure on you we urge you to look past their superficial scare campaigns.

    The rights of your customers are guaranteed by law, constitutional law. And at the end of the day law trumps feelings. But even still, we feel it’s extremely important that you acknowledge all of your customers rights.

     

    Attention HyVee shoppers

    It’s important that you let HyVee know that respecting your rights is an extremely important issue.

    We encourage you to contact the HyVee stores you shop — here’s a directory of their stores.

    Thank them for recognizing your Second Amendment rights, and politely remind them that as a gun owner and Permit to Carry holder you’ve passed multiple background checks, you’ve been trained, and most importantly you’re a peaceful law-abiding citizen (and there are hundreds of thousands more like you throughout the state). You are not the threat some people try to make you out to be. Then urge them to remember your rights the next time someone tries convincing them that gun owners are a threat to their safety.

    Remember to be polite. The anti-gunners work very hard to paint a picture that gun owners are callous thugs and bullies. We need prove them wrong, and the best way of doing that is being polite and respectful while making our case to neutral parties.

    If you’re on Facebook you, leave a message on HyVee’s corporate Facebook page.

    If you’re on Twitter, tweet them @HyVee

     


    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.