• 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. 

  • Iowa Gun Groups Donate $5,000 to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

    February 26, 2016

    Gun groups doing good in the community.

    A coalition of Second Amendment advocates in Iowa recently just donated more than $5,000 dollars to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. A variety of means were used to raise the donation funds. Mitchell Arms and Ammo of Muscatine, Iowa and members of the Iowa Firearm Owners Alliance and the Iowa Firearms Coalition donated cash and merchandise to a general fund. Merchandise was auctioned off or given away as door prizes to donors with all proceeds returning to the general donation fund. The fundraising efforts netted more than $3,350 dollars.

    That $3,350 St. Jude donation was funneled through a WLLR Radio telethon fundraiser. The money was put up as cash match for any donations made by WLLR listeners. This more than doubled the impact of the gun owner’s donation to St. Jude. As a donor to the telethon WLLR made the Iowa Firearms Coalition, Mitchell Arms and Ammo and the Iowa Firearm Owners Alliance each “Angels of the Hour” throughout their two-day telethon. This “Angel of the Hour” status meant that WLLR listeners were enlightened with pro Second Amendment messages while listening to their favorite country music and donating to St. Jude’s. Here’s an example:

    At the check presentation on Friday, February 26th the collection of gun owners were recognized during a live interview on WLLR.

    Fighting for freedom. Fighting for kids.

    This donation to St. Jude’s will be used  to advance cures, and prevention, for catastrophic children’s diseases.

    All of the donors, organizers, and participants of this fundraiser are pro Second Amendment. It’s no secret that there’s a coordinated, nationwide effort to paint gun owners as callous, racist and selfish people who don’t care for anyone else but themselves. This movement is backed billionaire 1%’ers. But while these anti gunners go out of their way to sling mud at NRA members and anyone who believes in their God-given and constitutionally protected rights, gun owners in Iowa are selflessly donating thousands of dollars to charity and the fight to end childhood cancer.

    Think about that for a second. These aren’t “gun nuts” or radicals. These are everyday Iowans, Americans, and just plain old regular citizens, all united by their love of freedom. But also united by a common commitment to their community, and a desire to make the world better in ways that don’t require the shredding of their rights. This kind of behavior is more common than many non-gun owners care to acknowledge. Contrast that with #GunSense groups like Mom’s Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, Iowans for Gun Safety and so on… When was the last time you heard of them donating to anything like St. Jude’s?

    The point is simple. Don’t believe the hype and don’t believe the anti gun owner propaganda being pushed by the national media and gun control groups that feed them stories of cold, callous, selfish gun owners.

    We are taking a stand for our freedoms. We’re doing good in the community. We’re not stopping.


    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.

  • Active Gun Bills in Iowa – Who voted For & Against

    February 9, 2016

    Below you’ll find the voting record for all four of the February 4th committee votes on pro gun owner bills.

    We’ve included who was for and who was against each bill, as well as each legislator’s email address. We encourage you to email all those who were in favor of these bills and thank them for supporting your rights and the rights of Iowans.

    If you choose to email those who voted against any of these bills please maintain a respectful tone while expressing your displeasure with their vote. We know for a fact that gun control advocates are looking for any reason they can find to label us as radical, so we must do everything we can to prove them wrong. That includes the manner in which we interact with those of differing viewpoints. In short, we’re all adults so let’s act like it.


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    Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act – HF2042

    House of Representatives: Judiciary Committee vote February 4th

    Passed 17-4

    Nay votes:

    Marti Anderson (D, District 36) – marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov
    Brian Meyer (D, District 33) – brian.meyer@legis.iowa.gov
    Jo Oldson (D, District 41) – jo.oldson@legis.iowa.gov
    Todd Prichard (D, District 52) – todd.prichard@legis.iowa.gov

    Aye votes:

    Chip Baltimore (R, District 47), Chair – chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov
    Stan Gustafson (R, District 25), Vice Chair – stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov
    Mary Lynn Wolfe (D, District 98), Ranking Member – mary.wolfe@legis.iowa.gov
    Terry C. Baxter (R, District 8) – Terry.Baxter@legis.iowa.gov
    Deborah L. Berry (D, District 62) – deborah.berry@legis.iowa.gov
    Darrel Branhagen (R, District 55) – Darrel.Branhagen@legis.iowa.gov
    Dave Dawson (D, District 14) – dave.dawson@legis.iowa.gov
    Greg Heartsill (R, District 28) – greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov
    David E. Heaton (R, District 84) – dave.heaton@legis.iowa.gov
    Megan Jones (R, District 2) – megan.jones@legis.iowa.gov
    Bobby Kaufmann (R, District 73) – bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov
    Zach Nunn (R, District 30) – Zach.Nunn@legis.iowa.gov
    Rick Olson (D, District 31) – rick.olson@legis.iowa.gov
    Kraig Paulsen (R, District 67) – kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov
    Ken Rizer (R, District 68) – Ken.Rizer@legis.iowa.gov
    Walt Rogers (R, District 60) – walt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov
    Matt W. Windschitl (R, District 17) – matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov

    Hearing Protection Act – HF2043

    House of Representatives: Judiciary Committee vote February 4th

    Passed 18-3

    Nay Votes:

    Marti Anderson (D, District 36) – marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov
    Deborah L. Berry (D, District 62) – deborah.berry@legis.iowa.gov
    Jo Oldson (D, District 41) – jo.oldson@legis.iowa.gov

    Aye votes:

    Chip Baltimore (R, District 47), Chair – chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov
    Stan Gustafson (R, District 25), Vice Chair – stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov
    Mary Lynn Wolfe (D, District 98), Ranking Member – mary.wolfe@legis.iowa.gov
    Terry C. Baxter (R, District 8) – Terry.Baxter@legis.iowa.gov
    Darrel Branhagen (R, District 55) – Darrel.Branhagen@legis.iowa.gov
    Dave Dawson (D, District 14) – dave.dawson@legis.iowa.gov
    Greg Heartsill (R, District 28) – greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov
    David E. Heaton (R, District 84) – dave.heaton@legis.iowa.gov
    Megan Jones (R, District 2) – megan.jones@legis.iowa.gov
    Bobby Kaufmann (R, District 73) – bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov
    Brian Meyer (D, District 33) – brian.meyer@legis.iowa.gov
    Zach Nunn (R, District 30) – Zach.Nunn@legis.iowa.gov
    Rick Olson (D, District 31) – rick.olson@legis.iowa.gov
    Kraig Paulsen (R, District 67) – kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov
    Todd Prichard (D, District 52) – todd.prichard@legis.iowa.gov
    Ken Rizer (R, District 68) – Ken.Rizer@legis.iowa.gov
    Walt Rogers (R, District 60) – walt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov
    Matt W. Windschitl (R, District 17) – matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.go

    Emergency Protection Act – HF2044

    House of Representatives: Judiciary Committee vote February 4th

    Passed 17-4

    Nay Votes:

    Marti Anderson (D, District 36) – marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov
    Deborah L. Berry (D, District 62) – deborah.berry@legis.iowa.gov
    Jo Oldson (D, District 41) – jo.oldson@legis.iowa.gov
    Rick Olson (D, District 31) – rick.olson@legis.iowa.gov

    Aye votes:

    Chip Baltimore (R, District 47), Chair – chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov
    Stan Gustafson (R, District 25), Vice Chair – stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov
    Mary Lynn Wolfe (D, District 98), Ranking Member – mary.wolfe@legis.iowa.gov
    Terry C. Baxter (R, District 8) – Terry.Baxter@legis.iowa.gov
    Darrel Branhagen (R, District 55) – Darrel.Branhagen@legis.iowa.gov
    Dave Dawson (D, District 14) – dave.dawson@legis.iowa.gov
    Greg Heartsill (R, District 28) – greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov
    David E. Heaton (R, District 84) – dave.heaton@legis.iowa.gov
    Megan Jones (R, District 2) – megan.jones@legis.iowa.gov
    Bobby Kaufmann (R, District 73) – bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov
    Brian Meyer (D, District 33) – brian.meyer@legis.iowa.gov
    Zach Nunn (R, District 30) – Zach.Nunn@legis.iowa.gov
    Kraig Paulsen (R, District 67) – kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov
    Todd Prichard (D, District 52) – todd.prichard@legis.iowa.gov
    Ken Rizer (R, District 68) – Ken.Rizer@legis.iowa.gov
    Walt Rogers (R, District 60) – walt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov
    Matt W. Windschitl (R, District 17) – matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov

    ATV Carry Act – HF2066

    House of Representatives: Natural Resources Committee vote February 4th

    Passed 17-1

    Nay votes:

    Lisa Heddens (D, District 46)– lisa.heddens@legis.iowa.gov

    Aye votes:

    Brian Moore (R, District 58), Chair – brian.moore@legis.iowa.gov
    Dean Fisher (R, District 72), Vice Chair – dean.fisher@legis.iowa.gov
    Curt Hanson (D, District 82), Ranking Member – curt.hanson@legis.iowa.gov
    Rob Bacon (R, District 48) – rob.bacon@legis.iowa.gov
    Clel Baudler (R, District 20) – clel.baudler@legis.iowa.gov
    Liz Bennett (D, District 65) – Liz.Bennett@legis.iowa.gov
    Brian Best (R, District 12) – Brian.Best@legis.iowa.gov
    Chris Hall (D, District 13) – chris.hall@legis.iowa.gov
    Daniel A. Huseman (R, District 3) – dan.huseman@legis.iowa.gov
    Jarad J. Klein (R, District 78) – jarad.klein@legis.iowa.gov
    Kevin Koester (R, District 38) – kevin.koester@legis.iowa.gov
    Dave Maxwell (R, District 76) – dave.maxwell@legis.iowa.gov
    Helen Miller (D, District 9) – helen.miller@legis.iowa.gov
    Norlin Mommsen (R, District 97) – Norlin.Mommsen@legis.iowa.gov
    Scott Ourth (D, District 26) – scott.ourth@legis.iowa.gov
    Ross Paustian (R, District 92) – Ross.Paustian@legis.iowa.gov
    John H. Wills (R, District 1) – John.Wills@legis.iowa.gov

    Absent:

    Jim Lykam (D, District 89) – jim.lykam@legis.iowa.gov
    Patti Ruff (D, District 56) – patti.ruff@legis.iowa.gov
    Phyllis Thede (D, District 93) – phyllis.thede@legis.iowa.gov


    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. 

  • Michael Bloomberg exposes a MAJOR problem for gun owners in Iowa

    January 29, 2016

    Michael Bloomberg Iowa Firearms Coalition

    Bloomberg ’16?

    Gun control extraordinaire Michael Bloomberg made headlines recently after announcing he may run for President of the United States. Bloomberg is under the impression that if Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders end up as the party nominees for the Republicans and Democrats he could run as a ‘moderate’ independent candidate and win the White House.

    Hillary Clinton has been falling over herself trying to cram gun control down American’s throats. Not to be outdone Bernie Sanders has taken his already questionable record on gun control and doubled down on how he’d infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners and the Second Amendment. As bad as that sounds imagine what life would be like under a Michael Bloomberg presidency, the 1% godfather of gun control who’s bankrolling our nation’s gun control movement. Not a pretty picture. Now imagine if any one of these three were elected president and got to select the next Supreme Court justices. Things could turn south for gun owners faster than classified documents get deleted from Hillary’s unsecured email servers.

    BIG problems for Iowans

    Bloomberg’s proposed presidential run exposes a very real problem we have here in Iowa: our state constitution has no mention, of any kind, of the people’s right to keep and bear arms. The state constitution protects pretty much every other right of the people of Iowa (free speech, religion, speedy trial, etc..) EXCEPT the right to keep and bear arms. There’s literally no mention of it.

    Iowa is one of just six states in the country that does not have the equivalent of the Second Amendment in its state constitution. What does that mean? More importantly, why is this something we should care about? Well… imagine there’s a President Michael Bloomberg… or a President Hillary Clinton… then imagine what kind of lengths they’d go to to erode the Second Amendment at the federal level. Because Iowa has nothing in its state constitution guaranteeing the people of Iowa’s right to keep and bear arms, we would have no legal protection from infringements on the federal Second Amendment.

    Constitutional Amendment

    Amending the Iowa Constitution is the only way to make this situation right. But that’s easier said than done. Amending the state constitution isn’t like getting a bill signed into law. Amending the state constitution requires that a proposed amendment be voted on and approved by both the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate. This has to happen in two general assemblies of the Iowa legislature, so this process could theoretically take up to four years just get this measure on the ballot. Then, and only then, is the proposed amendment placed on a statewide ballot and it’s then up to the people of Iowa to vote on it.

    It’s a very difficult row to hoe and we have our work cut out for us. But if we can re-shape the landscape in the Iowa legislature and knock Iowa’s gun-control caucus from power our chances of passing this amendment go up significantly.

    The anti-gunners in the Iowa legislature know a constitutional amendment is a goal of ours. Defeating it is a written goal of theirs. They’re perfectly fine leaving you open to federal gun control measures. But they’re also hedging their bets. They recognize that if the constitutional amendment movement begins to really take hold they’ll have to do something, anything in their power, to make that amendment as weak as possible in order to leave the door open for future gun control measures.

    For years they’ve filed bills that would put a weakly written right to keep and bear arms amendment in the Iowa constitution. They’ve just never moved them forward as there’s been little support for a constitutional amendment from the pro-gun owner crowed. As firm believers in the people’s right to keep and bear arms the Iowa Firearms Coalition will be doing everything we can to make sure we get an amendment that is airtight with ZERO wiggle room for anti-gunners to infringe on Iowan’s God-given right to keep and bear arms.

    Anti-gunners have already tipped their hand. We’ve seen the wording they want to use if push comes to shove. If they’re forced to do anything regarding a constitutional amendment they’ll almost certainly push for an amendment that simply mirrors the current Second Amendment in the U.S. Bill of Rights. On the surface this sounds great, “…shall not be infringed.” But that’s unacceptable. Way too many people think the Second Amendment is about hunting. Way too many people think “well regulated militia” means only the military. Way too many people think the right to keep and bear arms is not an individual right.

    We have an opportunity to make the right to keep and bear arms crystal clear in Iowa and we intend to do just that.

    Improving “…shall not be infringed.”

    Here’s the exact language of the Second Amendment:

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

    As we said, that sounds great. But if we have a chance to improve upon that, we’d be stupid not to. So, here’s what we want to see written into the Iowa Constitution.

    “The right of the people to keep and bear arms, as herein expressed, shall not be infringed. The right of an individual to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms to defend life and liberty and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental and shall not be infringed upon or denied. Mandatory licensing, registration, or special taxation as a condition of the exercise of this right is prohibited, and any other restriction shall be subject to strict scrutiny.”

    Getting this language enshrined into the Iowa Constitution will be a monumental task. But the work, and the stress, and the campaigning required to make this happen will pale in comparison to the constant threat of more gun control measures coming down from ‘on high’ from a President Bloomberg or another President Clinton.

    Sound the alarm

    44 states have a right to keep and bear arms provision in their state constitutions. How Iowa failed to get this right in the original state constitution pre-dates all of us. But the important thing is that we get this fixed ASAP.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition has been pushing for this for years. But we need your help. We need you to help us educate Iowa’s firearms owners about this gross oversight. We’re here to protect and enhance the rights of all 3+ million Iowans, but the only way we can do that is if we have a groundswell of support. That wave has to start somewhere and we need that to be you. Make a constitutional amendment a personal priority. Explain this situation to your friends and family. Tell them you want to see your right to keep and bear arms written into the Iowa Constitution, and tell them who’s helping you make it happen. We’re here to help, but we need all of you to help raise the alarm about this critical issue. This is the biggest fight we can pick, and if it starts to take off we expect the anti-gunners to pullout all the stops. We’ll need each and every gun owner in Iowa to help push this over the finish line and into the Iowa Constitution.


    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. 

  • North Liberty Gun Ban – Illogical & Illegal

    November 26, 2015
    Banning guns on city property has been illegal in Iowa for years.

    Banning guns on city property has been illegal in Iowa for years.

     

     

    11/24/2015 — Tonight the North Liberty city council discussed banning law abiding citizens from legally carrying firearms on city property. A standing room only crowd of Iowa Firearms Coalition members and responsible North Liberty firearms owners turned out to voice their opposition, and in the process sent a resounding message to their city council: ‘The people of North Liberty DO NOT under any circumstances support this illegal proposal.’

    IFC members showed up en masse to the North Liberty city council meeting.

    IFC members showed up en masse to the North Liberty city council meeting.

    Gun bans such as the one proposed in North Liberty do nothing but disarm good, law abiding Iowans. Deranged madmen, criminals and radicals have never paid any attention to laws such as this, and as such find no shortage of unarmed victims in these supposed “Gun Free Zones.” The examples of this are tragic and not hard to find.

    Not only are gun free zones like the one proposed in North Liberty illogical, they’re also illegal under Iowa state law. Iowa code 724.28 clearly states:

         A political subdivision of the state shall not enact an ordinance
         regulating the ownership, possession, legal transfer, lawful
         transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms when the
         ownership, possession, transfer, or transportation is otherwise
         lawful under the laws of this state.  An ordinance regulating
         firearms in violation of this section existing on or after April 5,
         1990, is void.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition thanks the responsible, law abiding citizens of North Liberty for respectfully showing their opposition to this illegal proposal.


    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. 

  • Bruce Hunter Attempts to Capitalize on Mass Killing

    October 5, 2015
    Representative Bruce Hunter wants to start confiscating Iowan's guns.

    Representative Bruce Hunter wants to start confiscating Iowan’s guns.

     

    This should come as no surprise, but an Iowa legislator is already to trying to capitalize on the dead and wounded from the tragedy in Oregon. Des Moines Democrat Bruce Hunter announced Monday that he plans to introduce more gun control legislation once the 2016 legislative session begins in Iowa.

    Hunter told WHO-TV that he wants to pass a gun confiscation law, as well as universal background checks in Iowa.

    Unfortunately the fact that Representative Hunter seems to have missed is that Oregon’s universal background check system failed to stop that murderous rampage at Umpqua Community College. Nor would they have stopped the on-air murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward in Roanoke, Virginia. Or the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting, and so on and so on. Time and time again we see these tragically unfortunate incidents and time and time again we learn after the fact that universal background checks would not have stopped the killing. Despite all that gun control zealots like Representative Bruce Hunter refuse to acknowledge that their grand scheme is a non-starter.

    The push for gun control in Iowa is nothing new for Hunter. Last year he introduced a trio of bills that would have banned the sale, trade, or transfer of all semi-automatic firearms. He also peddled a bill that would limit magazine capacity to just 10 rounds. And of course he tried unsuccessfully to institute universal background checks. Fortunately the Iowa Firearms Coalition and our allies were able to stop these bills in their tracks.

    Hunter’s latest gun control push comes as no surprise. He’s been pushing gun control bills for years and has the language all queued up and ready to be introduced as soon as the legislative session begins. What’s disturbing however is the fact that Representative Hunter has no problem trotting out his plans in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy, yet months before the legislative session begins. It’s no coincidence that Hunter is rolling out this gun control package in the days that follow an unfortunate loss of life. In the words of the rabid gun control advocate Rham Emanuel, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Sadly, Representative Bruce Hunter has taken that message to heart and is using innocent lives to advance his personal agenda.

    If there is a silver lining to Hunter’s announcement today it’s that he “says he does not immediately plan to propose a gun registry in the state, or outlaw large capacity magazines or so-called ‘Assault weapons.'” 

    Why thank you Bruce! You’re only going to infringe on our rights a little at a time, how very generous of you! We also appreciate you broadcasting your true intentions rather than hiding real goals like so many of your fellow gun control advocates like to do.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition will be in the capitol building on day one of the 2016 legislative session, and every day there after. We’ll be taking Representative Hunter and his gun confiscation plans head on. If you’re like us and want to see our Second Amendment rights protected and enhanced we invite you to join the IFC. It’s the best way to send a strong message to gun control zealots that their infringements won’t fly here in Iowa.


    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.

  • 2015 Dallas County Sheriff’s Shootout Fundraiser

    September 13, 2015

     

    A fundraiser for local veterans and families in need.

    A fundraiser for local veterans and families in need.

     

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition has been invited to participate in the 2015 Dallas County Sheriff’s Shootout. This fundraiser will benefit area veterans groups, holiday food baskets, and the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program.

    Shootout events will include: a Zombie 3-Gun course, Permit to Carry re-qualifications, and firearms raffles.

    Despite what some folks would have you believe there are indeed good cops out there. Lots and lots of them in fact. In this case Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard is a very upfront proponent of Second Amendment rights and fully embraces law-abiding citizens who choose to exercise their right to carry. We’re proud be a part of this event!

    Please join us Sunday, September 27th, at the Des Moines Rifle and Revolver Club in Van Meter.


    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. 

  • 10 years ago the gov’t went door-to-door confiscating guns – Let’s keep it from happening again.

    September 9, 2015
    Proof that warrant-less door-to-door gun confiscation does actually occur in America.

    Warrant-less gun confiscation can and does happen. Here’s proof from not that long ago.

    10 year anniversary

    It’s been a decade since Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast. The destruction that occurred was truly catastrophic. What’s worse the storm not only destroyed homes and businesses, but in the days that followed it also brought out some of the worst in our society.

    Looters. Thieves. Violent attacks.

    A near breakdown of society followed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Those that chose to wait out the storm were in many cases left to fend for themselves as law enforcement had either evacuated or were stretched so thin that they could not quickly respond to calls for help.

    Targeting gun owners

    Many of the Katrina holdouts were nothing more that law-abiding private citizens simply trying to save their life’s belongings. Both from the hurricane, but also from the dregs of society looking to loot and pillage the storm ravaged community of New Orleans.

    Yet despite this the New Orleans police administrators decided to go door-to-door targeting gun owners, confiscating their weapons at a time when they were needed most. On September 8th New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass declared “No one will be able to be armed… Guns will be taken. Only law enforcement will be allowed to have guns.” Thus began the city-wide warrant-less confiscation operation carried out by the New Orleans Police Department, the U.S. Army National Guard, and Deputy U.S. Marshals.

    This trampling on the Second and Fourth Amendments didn’t make many headlines, but it did get covered by ABC news. See a copy of their story embedded below.

    Deny. Deny. Deny.

    The confiscations continued for nearly two weeks. It took a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation and the Gun Owners of America to finally stop the warrant-less door-to-door firearms confiscation.

    Even after a restraining order was filed the City of New Orleans continually denied that it ever confiscated any firearms. It took more than five months of legal proceedings to get the city to even admit that it wrongfully taken more than 1,000 privately owned firearms. Even after it admitting they took the weapons it took the City of New Orleans more than years and several lengthy rounds of legal action to return many of the firearms to their rightful owners.

    Lessons learned & work to be done

    Civil rights minded and freedom loving Louisiana legislators quickly recognized they had to act to keep this gross disregard for the Bill of Rights from happening again. In early June of 2006 HB760 was signed into Louisiana law. The measure prohibited confiscation of firearms in a state of emergency, unless the seizure is pursuant to the investigation of a crime, or if the seizure is necessary to prevent immediate harm to the officer or another individual.

    21 other states quickly passed their own versions. Unfortunately Iowa was not among them.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is working to guarantee all Iowa’s civil rights are protected during a state of emergency. In 2015 we filed HF45. This bill would prevent the confiscation of any lawfully owned private firearms and ammunition during a state of emergency in the state of Iowa. It would go even further than the Louisiana bill by making sure gun shops and sporting goods stores that sell firearms and ammunition are not targeted by the government and forced to close while other businesses remain open. This would help ensure that during times of emergency Iowans would not only have a means to protect themselves, but also a way to re-stock if need be.

    Sadly this bill did not gain any traction during the 2015 legislative session. But expect to see it re-introduced in 2016 and every year that follows until we get this vital bill signed into law.

    We firmly believe the right to bear arms does not disappear when the weather gets rough or during any other form of disaster. In fact that’s often when the Second Amendment is needed most. If you agree with us please consider hitting the “Donate” button to support to our cause, or better yet become a 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.

  • NRA Day – September 19th – CrossRoads Shooting Sports – Johnston, Iowa

    August 31, 2015
    NRA IowaDay

    NRA Day – CrossRoads Shooting Sports – Johnston, Iowa

     

    Join the Iowa Firearms Coalition at the National Rifle Association’s NRA Day September 19th at CrossRoads Shooting Sports in Johnson, Iowa.


    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. 

  • 2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Seasons Finalized

    August 3, 2015
    2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Season Dates

    2015-2016 Iowa Hunting Season Dates

     

     

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has just finalized the hunting seasons for several game species in Iowa.

    NOTE: The waterfowl season dates are expected to be finalized later this month (August 2015).

     


    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. 


     

     

     

    EARLY MIGRATORY SEASONS  DATES

    Dove                                                               Sep. 1 – Nov. 9

    Special September Teal                                  Sep. 5 – Sep. 20

     

    SPECIES                                                         DATES          

    Rooster Pheasant                                           Oct. 24-25 (Youth only)

    Rooster Pheasant                                           Oct. 31 – Jan. 10, 2016

    Bobwhite Quail                                              Oct. 31 – Jan. 31, 2016

    Gray Partridge                                               Oct. 10 – Jan. 31, 2016

    Ruffed Grouse                                                Oct. 3 – Jan. 31, 2016

    Rabbit (Cottontail)                                         Sept. 5 – Feb. 28, 2016

    Rabbit (Jack)                                                   CLOSED

    Squirrel (Fox and Gray)                                 Sept. 5 – Jan. 31, 2016

    Crow                                                               Oct. 15 – Nov. 30 AND

    Jan. 14 – March 31, 2016

    Pigeon                                                             Continuous Open Season

    Coyote                                                            Continuous Open Season

     

    Deer and fall turkey licenses are on sale Aug. 15.

    DEER SEASONS                                          DATES          

    Youth Season                                                 Sept. 19-Oct. 4

    Disabled Hunter Season                                Sept. 19-Oct. 4

    Archery Season

    Early Split                                           Oct. 1-Dec. 4

    Late Split                                            Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

    Early Muzzleloader                                       Oct. 17-25

    Late Muzzleloader                                         Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

    Shotgun

    Season 1                                              Dec. 5-9

    Season 2                                              Dec. 12-20

     

    TURKEY SEASONS                                     DATES

    Combination Gun/Bow                                 Oct. 12-Dec. 4

    Archery Only                                                 Oct. 1 – Dec. 4 AND

    Dec. 21 – Jan. 10, 2016

     

    2016 SPRING TURKEY SEASONS           DATES          

    Combination Gun/Bow Licenses

    Youth Season (Residents Only)               April 9-17

    Season 1                                                    April 18-21

    Season 2                                                    April 22-26

    Season 3                                                    April 27-May 3

    Season 4                                                    May 4-22

    Resident Archery-only Licenses:                   April 18-May 22