• IFC Backed Bill to Add Second Amendment to Iowa Constitution Introduced

    January 10, 2017

    Twenty-nine lawmakers in the Iowa Senate wasted no time introducing the most important pro-gun owner bill of 2017. Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR2) was introduced on the opening day of Iowa’s 2017 legislative session. This bill would add the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (RKBA) to the Iowa Constitution. This bill is critical because Iowa is one of only six states in the entire country whose constitution does not include a RKBA clause.

    Other gun owners will try to convince you there’s more important gun legislation to work on but the fact is without a RKBA provision in the state constitution every single pro-gun law in Iowa is in danger of being wiped out by judicial activism or a runaway legislature. Stand Your Ground, Constitutional Carry, your Permit to Carry – all pro-gun owner legislation requires that citizens have a guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. Right now you, the People of Iowa, are living without this critical protection.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition wholeheartedly endorses SJR2 and encourages ALL Iowa lawmakers to pass this bill as quickly as possible. Our members routinely hear legislators on both sides of the aisle talk about how they “respect the Second Amendment,” now these lawmakers have a perfect opportunity to put their money where their mouth is by adding RKBA language to the Iowa Constitution.

    Finally, make no mistake, the Iowa Firearms Coalition will be working to pass additional pro-gun owner legislation this session. Here’s an in-depth preview of our agenda for 2017 – SNEAK PEAK: Stand Your Ground, Constitutional Carry, Bowhunter Carry and much more are all on the list.

    IFC and our members are primed to make history in the weeks and months to come. If you respect the Second Amendment, if you want to see your Right to Keep and Bear Arms written into the Iowa Constitution, if you believe freedom is worth fighting for then join us. Become an IFC member and help us make history. Freedom starts here.

     

  • 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. 

  • Message from the IFC Board — Effectively Communicating with Your Legislators

    January 23, 2015

    The following message was written by John Reed, Chairman of the Iowa Firearms Coalition’s Board of Directors. Reed is also one of our main lobbyists. He works extremely closely with our legislators on an almost daily basis, and provides valuable insight in how IFC members can maximize their effectiveness.


    Reed

    John Reed – IFC Board Chairman

    It occurs to me that some of you may not know how you can help to communicate with your legislators in a manner that will synchronize your message with ours. Of course, feel free to communicate anyway that you want, but if you want to be helping us in our efforts in a generic sort of way, here’s what you can do.

    Stress these two themes in all your communications, doing this will put an exclamation point on what the IFC lobbyists are saying on the hill.

    1) ALWAYS state clearly that you support and want them to support a Right to Keep and Bear Arms amendment to the Iowa Constitution and that you won’t settle for the federal wording. You want the enhanced language that National Rifle Association and Iowa Firearms Coalition has presented.

    It may happen that a bill would get introduced that would mimic the federal language. We’ve been told that such a bill would get strong support from nearly everyone in both chambers. However, that bill, should it come out, would NOT be anything IFC would support. Amending the Constitution is a long, arduous fight so it’s not done very much. Therefore, If we’re going to work to get an amendment through, that amendment MUST be the best we can get for future generations of Iowans.

    I think we can all agree that the federal language, while clear to us, has been problematic in this age, and is yet not properly applied to We the People’s rights. Therefore, the language we will be putting up (very soon) will be an amplified version wherein the meaning of the language is clarified.

    Example: Would you believe that there are some (perhaps many) who don’t understand that the word “bear” means “carry”? I personally find that absurd, but it’s there nonetheless. So, it’s imperative that the word “carry” be inserted into any amendment we put forth. In addition, our language would include the legal phrase, “strict scrutiny,” a phrase I’ll not explain here because you can easily look it up. But that phrase MUST be included in order that the high courts not easily erode the protection we intend the new amendment to afford our kids and grand kids.

    2) ALWAYS state clearly that their support of the Second Amendment will always benefit them and never harm them with the public. The 2nd Amendment is a winner for politicians – always has been and always will be. In fact, support for the 2nd Amendment is growing with the public as recent polls clearly point out.

    Some legislators seem to understand this to the extent that they know their district and how it feels about our firearms rights. But, even they become concerned when they think of other districts. Rare indeed is a district where a legislator would be punished for voting for any good firearms rights bills. You see, that’s what this is — it’s a civil, common law RIGHT. Firearms aren’t ‘social’ bills and we certainly don’t ask for money. This is about our CIVIL RIGHTS! Legislators who support civil rights win. Therefore, when they support firearms bills, they win! Help them understand that.

    Unless we are calling for you to support a specific action or issue, use the above as a guide to include with your communications to your legislators. Doing this would be helping us a great deal.

    Thank you for your efforts!

    John Reed
    Chair – Board of Directors
    Iowa Firearms Coalition

    Use the Iowa Firearms Coalition’s Legislative Action Center to find your legislators, send them a pro-Second Amendment email, and sign up for our newsletter.


    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.

  • List of Weapons Used in Charlie Hebdo Attack – Guess How Many Were Already Banned in France…

    January 13, 2015
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    From the Japan Times newspaper:

    Following the multiple terrorist attacks in and around Paris, French security forces the Muslim extremists were in possession of the following weapons:

    – loaded rocket launcher

    – several pistols

    – 10 smoke grenades

    – 3 Kalashnikovs

    – a grenade

    – 10 Molotov cocktails

    – 15 sticks of dynamite

    – a detonator

    By now it’s fairly safe to say the whole world knows of France’s strict gun control measures, and the French citizen’s lack of a constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. If you haven’t, the Crime Prevention Research Center has an excellent run down of the overly strict French gun laws.

    So now that we know what weapons were used (all of which were illegal in France), it’s nearly impossible to not wonder ‘How could those extremely strict gun control laws fail to protect the employees of Charlie Hebdo and the other murdered French citizens?’

    The answer is simple, and it’s one 2nd Amendment advocates have been saying for years. Gun laws are merely just words on a page. To terrorists, murders, thugs, and criminals of all types a law means nothing, particularly if these types are bent on doing harm to others. Feel good laws, bans, restrictions, and limitations merely place an increased burden on law-abiding citizens.

    As we’ve witnessed in France, banning firearms does not make them go away. In reality gun bans just create prime conditions for black market sales. In fact according to Bloomberg News and the Washington Post:

    “Semi-automatic and automatic firearms are banned [in France], but that hasn’t stopped drug dealers and terrorists from acquiring them in increasing numbers, according to the National Observatory for Delinquency, a state body created in 2003 by then-Interior Minister and later President Nicolas Sarkozy. The numbers of illegal weapons in France have increased by double digits for years, the body says.”

    “The French black market for weapons has been inundated with eastern European war artillery and arms,” Philippe Capon, the head of UNSA police union, told Bloomberg. “They are everywhere in France.”

    “The number of illegal guns is thought to be at least twice the number of legal guns in the country. Weapons such as AK-47s can be bought for the equivalent of a few thousand dollars.”

    With that said, how many gun French civilians do you think would be able to protect themselves or their loved ones from ‘drug dealers and terrorists’ armed with these types of black market weapons? Note that even three Parisian police officers had to flee the Charlie Hebdo scene because they were unarmed and incapable of defending themselves or the citizens they are tasked to protect and serve.

    It’s difficult concept for some people to grasp, but we live in a dangerous world where bad people do bad things to innocent people. When a person crosses the line and becomes intent on hurting others, laws will not stop them. We here at the Iowa Firearms Coalition recognize this, and odds are if you’re reading this you do too. We encourage everyone to acknowledge the fact that your own personal safety is your responsibility.

    Obviously we believe strongly in your right to carry concealed weapons. But we also realize that is not for everyone. The important thing is you have option and the freedom to carry for your own protection. As Americans we are free to go about our lives knowing full well it’s a dangerous world we live in. Everyday we run the risk of  being paralyzed by a drunk driver who runs a red light. We risk getting a paper cut and eventually dying of a staph infection. And there’s a chance we may be wounded or killed by a madman. But at least we are free enough to have a chance at defending ourselves.

    We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again:

    Be alert.

    Be prepared.

    Be safe.

     


    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.