• 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.

  • 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.

  • NRA backed candidates win historic number of races

    November 5, 2014

    Untitled-1Last night was a good night for NRA backed candidates. They won a historic number of races around the country. Americans sent a strong message to Michael Bloomberg, Gabby Giffords, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, and every other gun control pusher: no more gun control! Special congrats to Joni Ernst and David Young who fended off the anti-gun crowd’s millions of dollars in attacks and will soon represent Iowans. From the NRA’s Political Victory Fund:

    As a result of the NRA’s efforts in the 2014 elections, NRA-PVF endorsed candidates won hard-fought victories in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia.  The NRA was pivotal in re-electing pro-gun governors in Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Texas and Wisconsin, and in ousting a Bloomberg-backed anti-gun governor in Maryland. In addition, the NRA had great success in races for the U.S. House, including significant victories in AR-2, CO-6, FL-26, IA-3, NH-1, and VA-10, among many others. 

  • IFC Iowa Senate election returns

    November 4, 2014

    If you find this update useful, please support IFC’s election efforts and DONATE TO IFC!

    State Senator Dist. 1 (54 of 54 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent David Johnson Republican Party 18,726 99.00%
    Write-in 189 1.00%
    Total Votes 18,915
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 3 (30 of 30 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Bill Anderson Republican Party 17,118 98.90%
    Write-in 195 1.10%
    Total Votes 17,313
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 5 (45 of 54 Precincts Reported)
    IFC PRIORITY Tim Kraayenbrink Republican Party 12,354 55.80%
    Incumbent Daryl Beall Democratic Party 9,776 44.10%
    Write-in 14 0.10%
    Total Votes 22,144
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 7 (22 of 22 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Rick Bertrand Republican Party 8,705 57.20%
    Jim France Democratic Party 5,667 37.30%
    Maria Rundquist No Party 822 5.40%
    Write-in 16 0.10%
    Total Votes 15,210
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 9 (59 of 59 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Jason Schultz Republican Party 16,257 99.20%
    Write-in 130 0.80%
    Total Votes 16,387
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 11 (46 of 46 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Tom Shipley Republican Party 17,648 98.90%
    Write-in 204 1.10%
    Total Votes 17,852
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 13 (41 of 41 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Julian B. Garrett Republican Party 15,304 61.00%
    Pam Deichmann Democratic Party 8,882 35.40%
    Clair Tom Thompson Libertarian Party 888 3.50%
    Write-in 14 0.10%
    Total Votes 25,088
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 15 (35 of 35 Precincts Reported)
    IFC PRIORITY Crystal Bruntz Republican Party 12,005 47.30%
    Chaz Allen Democratic Party 13,357 52.60%
    Write-in 39 0.20%
    Total Votes 25,401
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 17 (27 of 27 Precincts Reported)
    Jonathan Lochman Republican Party 5,372 31.70%
    Tony Bisignano Democratic Party 10,538 62.20%
    Jim Bollard No Party 978 5.80%
    Write-in 48 0.30%
    Total Votes 16,936
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 19 (24 of 24 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Jack Whitver Republican Party 16,729 81.00%
    Brett H. Nelson No Party 3,800 18.40%
    Write-in 113 0.50%
    Total Votes 20,642
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 21 (30 of 30 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Matt McCoy Democratic Party 17,828 97.20%
    Write-in 512 2.80%
    Total Votes 18,340
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 23 (24 of 24 Precincts Reported)
    Jeremy Davis Republican Party 7,964 40.90%
    Incumbent Herman C. Quirmbach Democratic Party 11,494 59.00%
    Write-in 37 0.20%
    Total Votes 19,495
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 25 (40 of 40 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Bill Dix Republican Party 18,170 98.80%
    Write-in 215 1.20%
    Total Votes 18,385
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 27 (42 of 42 Precincts Reported)
    Shawn Dietz Republican Party 9,997 43.70%
    Incumbent Amanda Ragan Democratic Party 12,879 56.30%
    Write-in 17 0.10%
    Total Votes 22,893
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 29 (40 of 40 Precincts Reported)
    James R. Budde Republican Party 10,885 45.10%
    Incumbent Tod R. Bowman Democratic Party 13,223 54.80%
    Write-in 15 0.10%
    Total Votes 24,123
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 31 (30 of 31 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Bill Dotzler Democratic Party 13,208 98.60%
    Write-in 185 1.40%
    Total Votes 13,393
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 33 (22 of 22 Precincts Reported)
    Harry Foster Republican Party 8,864 38.30%
    Incumbent Robert M. Hogg Democratic Party 14,245 61.50%
    Write-in 36 0.20%
    Total Votes 23,145
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 35 (24 of 24 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Wally E. Horn Democratic Party 15,499 97.90%
    Write-in 340 2.10%
    Total Votes 15,839
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 37 (33 of 33 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Robert E. Dvorsky Democratic Party 16,411 97.80%
    Write-in 361 2.20%
    Total Votes 16,772
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 39 (44 of 44 Precincts Reported)
    IFC PRIORITY Michael D. Moore Republican Party 9,163 45.90%
    Kevin Kinney Democratic Party 10,787 54.00%
    Write-in 25 0.10%
    Total Votes 19,975
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 41 (46 of 46 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent – IFC PRIORITY Mark Chelgren Republican Party 10,331 50.80%
    Steve Siegel Democratic Party 9,954 48.90%
    Write-in 52 0.30%
    Total Votes 20,337
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 43 (25 of 25 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Joe Bolkcom Democratic Party 17,756 98.40%
    Write-in 292 1.60%
    Total Votes 18,048
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 45 (21 of 21 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Joe M. Seng Democratic Party 13,011 98.10%
    Write-in 246 1.90%
    Total Votes 13,257
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 47 (23 of 23 Precincts Reported)
    Incumbent Roby Smith Republican Party 14,985 56.40%
    Maria Bribriesco Democratic Party 11,576 43.60%
    Write-in 19 0.10%
    Total Votes 26,580
    Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
    State Senator Dist. 49 (36 of 36 Precincts Reported)
    Brian Schmidt Republican Party 10,794 48.00%
    Incumbent Rita Hart Democratic Party 11,666 51.90%
    Write-in 23 0.10%
    Total Votes 22,483
    *Last updated at 01:04:01 AM on 11/05/2014
  • IFC radio ad in Iowa SD39

    October 30, 2014

    Brief election update:

    IFC has been EXTREMELY busy behind the scenes the last couple of weeks. We’re got the pedal to the campaign metal to get pro-gun legislators elected.

    Yesterday we brought a panel of experts to WHO Radio’s Mickelson in the Morning show to talk 2nd Amendment and election news.

    Meanwhile, we’re also running ads like this one all over the state. We’re highlighting high priority races, and pointing out which candidates will protect our 2A rights.

    And as if that’s not enough, we’ve also been coordinating a handful of rallies and gatherings with Iowa politicians this weekend. Details on those will be released soon.

    Remember folks, others will talk a lot about working in this election but that’s about all they do. IFC is getting stuff done! Get out and vote! Get your friends and family out to vote! Join us and get work done!

     

    http://iowafc.org/blog/2014/10/30/ifc-radio-ad-in-iowa-sd39/

     

  • IFC volunteers making a difference

    October 20, 2014

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    Motivated volunteers from the Iowa Firearms Coalition spent the weekend helping Iowa candidates get out the vote. Teams of volunteers door knocked in three high priority races, reminding voters who are friendly to our cause about the upcoming election. Sign up to volunteer and help us reshape the Iowa Senate.

    The IFC Get Out the Vote campaign is not your typical election work. You’ll only be going to specific addresses of residents who have indicated they’re friendly to causes like ours. You don’t need to worry about door knocking on some crazy hardcore anti-gun nut’s door and getting into an argument with them. It generally goes like this:

    A quick knock on the door, “Hi, my name is _____ and I’m with Iowa Firearms Coalition. We are out today asking for your support for (candidate) for (Senate or House). We need your vote to ensure protection for your firearms rights and regain them.” 

    There’s no pressure, no selling, just a simple reminder. If they ask any questions, just write it down, get their contact information and tell them we’ll follow-up with them.

    Chairman of the Iowa Firearms Coalition board John Reed was out volunteering this weekend and filed this report:

     

    This is fun. This is easy. And, you can make a difference for your firearms rights and those of all Iowans! Here are the facts that you should hold on to:

    As long as the Democrat Party controls the IA Senate, they will appoint Senator Robert Hogg as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee,

    Every firearms bill introduced to the IA Senate is uniformly assigned to the Judiciary Committee,

    Senator Hogg, in his capacity of Chairman of that Committee has sworn that NO GUN BILLS WILL PASS THROUGH HIS COMMITTEE WHILE HE IS CHAIRMAN, and

    Therefore, to remove Senator Hogg’s power to quash all firearms bills, we must shift the controlling party of the Senate over to the Republicans, who will appoint someone else as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

     

    With only a few weeks left to go before election day, your help is critical. Please SIGN UP to help us make sure gun owners cast their votes!

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