• GUN OWNER ALERT – Iowa Media Scrambling to Harvest Permit Lists

    April 12, 2017

    Iowans-

    We’re getting word from pro-Second Amendment sheriffs that media outlets around the state are mounting a last-ditch effort to harvest the personal information of Permit holders in Iowa. They’re scrambling because the second Governor Terry Branstad is done signing his name on House File 517 it will be illegal for anyone other than law enforcement to collect the personal information of Iowa’s Permit to Carry and Permit to Acquire holders.

    Right now it is critical that YOU reach out to your local sheriff’s office and explain the situation. Under House File 517, Division 6 permit issuing officers “shall keep confidential personally identifiable information of holders of professional and non-professional permits to carry weapons and permits to acquire pistols or revolvers.”

    Permit Privacy is something the Iowa Firearms Coalition has been working on for years. We’ve seen Iowa media outlets like the Des Moines City View newspaper publish the names of thousands of Permit to Carry holders. We’ve also seen the dangerous repercussions of this incredibly irresponsible behavior. Iowa Firearms Coalition members in Polk County have had their homes broken into and had their firearms and nothing else stolen after their personal information was published in print and online. After being outed in the local paper an IFC member in Dubuque County was singled out and eventually fired by his anti-gun employer for having a Permit to Carry.

    Iowa’s media have lobbied and worked extremely hard to block our Permit Privacy bills, but with HF517 we’ve beaten them. Now they’re spitefully working on a last ditch effort to harvest YOUR information for their benefit. Sadly if they succeed, law-abiding Iowans will be victimized.

    Protect your personal information. Contact your local sheriff’s office and kindly explain to them that under HF517, the Omnibus Gun Bill about to be signed by the governor, Permit to Carry and Permit to Acquire holders information shall be kept confidential. This includes Freedom of Information Act requests from the media. This provision of HF517 is effective immediately. So if a sheriff releases any information after the bill is signed they will be violating state law.

    We expect the governor to sign HF517 into law before the end of the week. We’ll of course be providing an update as soon as the bill is signed. In the meantime, please contact your sheriff’s office and urge them to decline all requests for permit holder’s personal information.



     

  • No Gun Control Needed – New Police Tactic Cuts Gun Related Crime in Cedar Rapids

    January 27, 2017

    Overall crime is on the rise in Cedar Rapids, Iowa but so-called “gun violence” has dropped significantly in the last year. The success is not the result of new gun control laws, but rather a new policing strategy that focuses attention on individuals who are most likely to commit crimes with a gun.

    In 2016 the number of shots fired calls in Cedar Rapids dropped by 14% compared to the year before. The number of homicides also dropped. This is the first time in three years that the number of shots fired calls has decreased. After 2015 there were numerous calls for strict gun control measures, yet the Cedar Rapids Police Department took a different approach, one that did not involve restricting the rights of non-violent, law-abiding Cedar Rapids residents.

    Cedar Rapids’ Police Chief Wayne Jerman credits the drop in gun crime to the creation  of a new community based approach to gun violence. In 2016 CRPD created a five person Police Community Action Team (PCAT). Officers assigned to the PCAT are sent out into the community to build relationships, identify problem areas and key players in gun crimes and gather intelligence used to target those committing crimes with a gun. One year later the results are in, this tightly focused community based approach works. Gun crime is down at a time when overall crime has been on the rise in Cedar Rapids.

    According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette the number of all criminal offenses in Cedar Rapids increased from 15,045 in 2015 to 15,469 in 2016 – an increase of nearly four percent. More specifically, other types of crime not directly related to firearms stayed consistent or increased in 2016. Yet the number of gun related crimes dropped significantly. The Gazette reports the following trends for non-firearms crimes:

    Burglary: 1,005 reported offenses, up from 999 in 2015.
    Assault: 1,319 reported, an increase from 1,272.
    Vandalism: 1,116 reported, compared with 1110 in 2015.
    Drug violations: 1,529 reported, an increase from 1,373.
    Thefts: 3,811 reported in both 2016 and 2015

    The results of Cedar Rapids’ community based approach to targeting gun crimes mimics what other communities around the country have found. When properly staffed and funded, intelligence based, community policing that focuses on the bad actors reduces gun crime in a big way.

    This style of policing and community outreach gained national attention in Boston in the mid-ninety’s after it led to a 63% decrease in youth homicides. Labeled “Operation Ceasefire” in Boston, this approach to gun violence was dubbed the “Boston Miracle” after logging so much success. Even more encouraging, the results have been replicated in numerous other communities. Stockton, California saw a 42% reduction in monthly homicides by gun. Indianapolis, Indiana reduced the number of monthly gun homicides in their city by 34%, and assaults involving a gun dropped by 44% in Lowell, Massachusetts after they implemented their own version of Operation Ceasefire. The program has been named by the US Department of Justice as one of only five crime reduction programs that’s proven effective. Now Cedar Rapids, Iowa appears to have discovered what so many other communities have learned, tightly focused community based policing that focuses on those most likely to commit gun violence works.

    Gun owners and civil rights advocates alike should applaud and encourage this approach to solving the “gun violence” problem in their community. Solid, repeatable gains can be made in reducing crimes associated with firearms while still respecting and not infringing on the rights of non-violent, law-abiding citizens.

    In short, reductions in so-called gun violence can be achieved without infringing on the right to keep and bear arms of vast swaths of non-violent Americans.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition lauds the Cedar Rapids Police Department’s PCAT members and the city’s new approach to community based policing. We hope to see continued reductions in firearms related offenses and hope that other communities in Iowa and throughout the country recognize the impact this style of policing can have.


  • State of Emergency Declared in Cedar Rapids

    September 27, 2016
    (Tiffany Rushing/The Courier via AP)

    (Tiffany Rushing/The Courier)

    State of Emergency 2016 Cedar Rapids

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the surrounding area are once again looking at historic flooding. The situation is bad enough that Mayor Ron Corbett has declared a state of emergency in Cedar Rapids. Homes along the flood plain are being evacuated, an 8 p.m. curfew has been put in place and “law enforcement will be challenging anyone in these areas and you will be subject to arrest.”

    In short, the situation is not looking good and the city is doing everything they can to keep things in order. Yet during these times of crisis, these states of emergency, there are elected officials in Iowa who think residents should be disarmed exactly when their right to keep and bear arms is needed most.

    Last year with the help of Representative Greg Heartsill we introduced House File 2280, the Emergency Protection Act.

    This bill would have prohibited the confiscation of firearms, ammunition, and other Second Amendment rights during a “disaster emergency proclamation” or “public disorder” declared by the governor, or any other state official, or any community within the State of Iowa. In essence this bill would have kept Hurricane Katrina style confiscation of firearms from happening in Iowa.

    We talk about this bill in the past tense because even though it easily passed the Iowa House of Representatives 67-31 with bi-partisan support, the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Steve Sodders of Marshall County refused to bring this bill to the floor for a vote. They didn’t vote no on it, they simply refused acknowledge it even existed. We’re working reshape the Iowa Senate so that good bills like this will actually get to see the light of day and get a vote. To see what we’re doing and help us make a change in the Iowa Senate visit our political action page www.IFCPAC.com

    What does this mean for flood victims in Cedar Rapids?

    Well, it means that right now if the Mayor of Cedar Rapids or the Governor of Iowa were to declare it was necessary to confiscate firearms from Cedar Rapids residents law enforcement and the National Guard could start going house to house disarming law-abiding residents stripping them of their constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms, all at a time when that right is critically important.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition wants this to never happen to the people of Iowa. You should be free to have the means to defend yourself and your loved ones when times are good, but especially when times are bad. Unfortunately Senate Democrats and Steve Sodders’ Senate Judiciary Committee have blocked our efforts to protect your ability to protect yourself during times of emergency.

    Here’s a perfect example from ABC News of what we’re trying to avoid in Iowa:

    Finally, let’s be absolutely clear, law enforcement in Cedar Rapids have done a phenomenal job of keeping the peace thus far. But there’s no denying it, this flood is straining Cedar Rapids. That begs the question, what happens if things go south? What happens if there’s a levee break? What happens if mandatory evacuations are required? Police officers will no doubt have their hands full moving people out of the flood zone. But that also leaves the rest of the city vulnerable as emergency response times will no doubt get stretched out longer and longer.

    Whether it’s a breached levee, mandatory evacuations, or looting no one wants to see any of this happen. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared and able to deal with any of these scenarios. And it certainly does not mean law-abiding Iowans should ever be denied the ability and means to protect themselves in this or any other state of emergency.

  • Legislative update week 9

    March 13, 2016

    Iowans-

    Week 9 in the Iowa legislature, the second funnel week of 2016, was full of ups and downs.

    Good news first:
    There are three pro-gun owner bills eligible for votes in the full Senate. This is a monumental achievement considering the lay of the land in the legislature. The Hearing Protection Act, ATV Carry Act and Privacy Protection Act all passed out of committee and are now eligible for votes in the Senate. This has exceeded many people’s expectations, but we’re not through yet.

    Few people know it, but the ATV Carry Act was essentially dead on arrival in the Senate’s Natural Resources committee. Democrats there were deadset against it and planned to kill it on the calendar. But thanks to a lot of hard work and some savvy maneuvering IFC’s volunteer lobbyists managed to get the ATV Carry Act not only a subcommittee vote, but a committee vote as well. The ATV Carry Act passed both of these votes and is now eligible for a full vote in the Senate.

    The bad news:
    The Youth Shooting & Parental Rights Act and the Emergency Protection Act were both killed by Senate Democrats inaction. Both bills had wide bipartisan support, and would have benefitted families and gun owners in Iowa, but the Senate chose to play politics once again and kill these bills without even voting on them.

    Now, you should also know that the ATV Carry Act passed its committee vote 12 to 1, but an amendment that severely guts the original intent of the bill was tacked on. The same goes for the Permit Privacy Act. This bill passed its committee vote 8 to 4 with an amendment that fundamentally changes the concept of the bill. This amendment was so egregious that the only ones to vote for it were the Democrats on the judiciary committee. Keep in mind this bill passed the House 97 to 1, and Iowa’s law enforcement groups all endorsed this bill as written. There’s no reason for Senate Democrats to thumb their noses at Iowa’s police officers and their colleagues in the House.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition strongly opposes both of these amendments. We’ve got an explanation of the amendments and why we oppose them on IowaFC.org.

    We’ve also activated a brand new Advocacy Campaign telling the Senate to stop monkeying around this year’s gun bills. Please use this tool to email your Senator, once you’re done please send this to a few friends and encourage them to do the same.

    There is good news though:
    The amendments put on the ATV Carry Act and the Privacy Protection Act are not set in stone. They must be approved by the entire Senate before they can truly alter the bills. We expect a real slugfest if/when these bills are brought to the floor of the Senate. Our volunteer lobbyists are working extremely hard to lockup votes for our side, but we need your help. Get in contact with your senator early and often. Magnify your efforts by getting a few friends to contact their Senators. Send them the link to our Advocacy Campaign and fill them in on why these amendments are no good.

    Finally, even if the Senate ramrods these amendments through they have to be approved by the House of Representatives, which is a tall order considering the strong bipartisan support these bills enjoy in the House.

    So, to be clear, the optimal outcome is for these amendments to fail on the Senate floor. But if that doesn’t happen, we’re not out of the game. Not by a long shot.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is leading the way and fighting these amendments tooth and nail, but we need you to do your part.

    More updates to come. Keep pushing Iowans, your efforts are making a difference!


    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. 

  • Gun bills advancing in the IA Senate – IFC Update

    March 6, 2016

    Legislative update week 8

    Iowans-

    Forward progress continues in the Iowa Senate. Last week saw the both the Privacy Protection Act and the Hearing Protection Act get passed out of their Senate Judiciary subcommittees. In fact the Hearing Protection Act was passed out of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on an 11-2 vote just one day after passing its subcommittee vote. The Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act, Emergency Powers Act and the ATV Carry Act are each awaiting subcommittee meetings and votes.

    The next legislative funnel date is March 11th. In order to continue the 2016 legislative process these bills must be passed out of committee or else they’re considered dead for the year. Right now the only pro-gun owner bill that’s reached this important threshold is the Hearing Protection Act. Keep pushing folks!

    Remember, the best way to encourage our lawmakers to vote for these bills is to do it face to face. The best way to get in front of them is to go to their legislative forums and other public meetings and speak up. Here’s links to their various events:

    Don’t forget we have our pre-written Advocacy Campaign emails. They’re free, they take less than 60 seconds. There’s no easier way to do your part to help advance the Second Amendment.

    As you’re interacting with your senators don’t lose sight of the fact that anti-gunners are desperate to paint us as hateful, racist, misogynists. That’s why it’s critical that we always take the high road, and deny them any opportunity to throw our cause under the bus.

    Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for June 10th-12th. We’re partnering with Sure Shot Range, Jerry’s Machine Guns, Tactical Creations and Pearson Guns for a machine gun shoot. The three day shoot will be held in Mount Auburn, Iowa (approximately halfway between Cedar Rapids and Waterloo).

    The shoot is still months away, but make plans to attend today. These types of events don’t happen often here in Iowa!

    More updates to come. Thank you for ongoing support of the Iowa Firearms Coalition!


    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 Legislative Session – 2016 Kick-off

    January 10, 2016
    2016 Legislative session begins TOMORROW
    Time to get to work

    The 2016 legislative session officially begins tomorrow, January 11th. The Iowa Firearms Coalition will once again be carrying the Second Amendment banner, and leading the way for all gun rights advocates in Iowa. We have an aggressive agenda set forth with numerous bills waiting to be introduced. We’ll be detailing each of them as they’re introduced.

    That, however, is only half of the work that must be done. We know that anti-gun owner groups are lurking, trying to slowly erode our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. For years the Iowa Firearms Coalition has had great success keeping them at bay, but that’s only possible if our members are on-guard and active.

    We’ve just launched our first advocacy campaign of 2016. This pre-written email will help you establish contact with your legislators, and more importantly let them know they have voters in their districts who are keeping a close eye on their work. We are also fortunate to be able to present a guide on how to make the biggest impact possible when talking with your legislators.

           

    In the past couple of weeks we’ve also posted a number of updates on our website about important or noteworthy issues related to Iowans and the Second Amendment. These include posts about gun control advocates trying to frame gun owners for a fake terror attack on the Iowa House of Representatives – responsible gun owners in Indianola who stopped a potential mass shooting before it ever started – and an important reminder about firearm safety. We’re regularly updating the news portion of our website. Stop by and check it out.

                             

    Finally, don’t forget about our “Come and Take It” discount. Get an IFC membership for just $20, and take $10 off an annual NRA membership. This is a short time deal that will only be good for another week.

     


    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. 

  • Mass shooting stopped by responsible gun owners in Iowa

    January 9, 2016

     

    Twenty-one year old Trey Sudbrock of Indianola, Iowa is behind bars on felony terrorism charges after he tried buying a gun so he could "kill a lot of people."

    Twenty-one year old Trey Sudbrock of Indianola, Iowa is behind bars on felony terrorism charges after he tried buying a gun so he could “kill a lot of people.”

    Twenty-one year old Trey Sudbrock of Indianola, Iowa is behind bars on felony terrorism charges after he allegedly tried buying a gun so he could “kill a lot of people.”

    According to Warren County court documents Sudbrock was arrested and charged with domestic assault in late 2015. Less than two weeks later he was arrested for killing his girlfriend’s dog. A few weeks after that Sudbrock was arrested again, this time on charges of animal torture related to the killing of his girlfriend’s dog.

    All those charges didn’t do anything to stop Sudbrock from continuing his string of violent behavior. On or around December 26th Sudbrock reached out to a roommate allegedly offering $2,000 to buy a gun from him. Court records indicate that he claimed he wanted to use the gun to “kill a lot of people.”

    That responsible gun owner instantly told Sudbrock no, and contacted the local police. Court records indicate that friend “told Trey that he was to leave him and his family alone, that he wanted nothing to do with whatever Trey was involved in or was planning.” Records also show that Sudbrock reached out to several other friends trying to buy a gun.

    It’s important to note that at this point Sudbrock was considered a “prohibited person,” unable to pass a NICS background check. But under Iowa law anyone privately selling a firearm must know that the buyer is not a prohibited person. This means Sudbrock’s roommate and friends deserve a HUGE pat on the back for knowing the law and contacting authorities the second they recognized what was going on.

    Iowa’s 2016 legislative session begins January 11th
    Read IFC’s pre-session update

    It may sound strange, but this is a story that should be celebrated. Gun owners stopped a potential mass shooting in Iowa just by being good, honest citizens. Crisis averted, all thanks to some responsible gun owners doing the right thing.

    Sadly, if history has taught us anything, that’s not the message that we’ll see widely reported. Any coverage will likely center around “What if…” hypotheticals and the fact that Sudbrock was trying to buy a gun. As if it was the gun that caused him to want to kill. Gun control pushers will try to spin this as another reason for more background checks, even though this is yet another example of how background checks do not stop madmen intent on hurting others. And had Sudbrock gotten a gun and carried out mass murder he’d become the anti-gunner’s new poster child. Propped up in order to make all gun owners look bad. Thankfully, he was thwarted by good guys with guns, and on top of that the anti’s don’t have another tragedy to exploit and use to in their never-ending quest for “common sense” infringements of our rights.

    The difference should be clear. Pro gun, pro freedom Americans celebrate when bad guys are stopped and lives are saved. It proves our point that 99.9999999% of gun owners are good people. Meanwhile, gun control pushers wait for tragedies and lives lost in order to exploit emotion and advance their gun control agendas. It’s a case of pro-active vs re-active. Gun owners vs gun control advocates. Celebrating lives saved vs. exploiting lives lost.

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    Sudbrock is behind bars unable to harm innocent civilians and that’s all thanks to alert gun owners. And at the end of the day that is the most important fact of all.


    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. 

     

  • Des Moines County Sheriff Shoots Hand While Cleaning Loaded Gun

    December 19, 2015
    Sheriff Mike Johnstone is recovering from a negligent discharge that resulted in a gunshot wound to his left hand.

    Sheriff Mike Johnstone is recovering from a negligent discharge that resulted in a gunshot wound to his left hand.

    Negligent Discharge

    Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone is recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered while cleaning a loaded handgun earlier this week. Johnstone was taken to a Burlington hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his left hand. A news release from the Des Moines County Sheriff indicates that after receiving initial treatment arrangements were made for Johnstone to travel to another facility to see a surgeon who specializes in treating hand injuries.

    Permit to Carry Renewal Impact

    This injury comes at challenging time for the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office. All across Iowa thousands of Iowans are renewing their Permits to Carry. A process which each sheriff has to sign off on. This influx in renewals is creating a backlog of work that has many sheriff’s offices struggling to keep up. There’s been no word yet on whether Sheriff Johnstone’s negligent discharge injury will impact renewal times for Des Moines County residents.

    Of course there is a heathy dose of irony in all of this. Sheriff Johnstone has criticized the change in Iowa’s carry law from May Issue to Shall Issue. Five years ago, after Iowa Carry (the previous name of the Iowa Firearms Coalition) changed Iowa’s carry law Sheriff Johnstone spoke out several times against the new law. “It’s a recipe for disaster.” Johnstone said while advocating for more gun free zones in Des Moines County. Five years later there’s been no “Wild West shootouts” or parking lot gun battles as opponents of Shall Issue had predicted.

    Teaching Moment

    Naturally the Iowa Firearms Coalition wishes Sheriff Johnstone a speedy recovery. But Sheriff Johnstone’s failure to follow proper gun safety rules also serves as an important reminder that even though firearms are inanimate objects, if they’re not handled with respect they can bring about serious consequences. Often times we hear gun control advocates claim that only police or the military should have access to firearms because they’ve been properly trained. This case proves that gun safety rules apply to everyone, including trained law enforcement officers. So just for good measure, here’s a quick refresher on the most basic Gun Safety Rules.

    Cleaning a gun:
    Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded.
    The gun’s action should be open during the cleaning process.
    Also, be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area.

    Handling a gun:

    1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

    2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

    3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.


    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. 

  • Mass Permit to Carry Recertification

    September 3, 2015
    Iowa Carry Mass Recert Day

    October 10th, Big Springs Gun Range, Searsboro, Iowa.

     

    October 10th

    10am to 6pm

    $25 per person

    Big Springs Shooting Complex (map)

     

    Time to Renew

    It’s been 5 years since we got Shall Issue signed into law. That means there are tens of thousands of Permits to Carry who are about to be expire. DON’T LET YOUR PERMIT EXPIRE!

    We’ve made getting re-certified easy. Join us October 10th at the Big Springs Gun Range in Searsboro, Iowa. For just $25 we’ll get you re-certified and on your way in less than 60 minutes. If you can’t make it, please check out our Renewing your Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons page for more details on what you need to do to get your permit renewed.

    Our goal is simple: get as many people recertified as quickly and cheaply as possible. The last thing we want is Iowans carrying around expired permits.

    This event will operate on a first come, first served basis. No RSVP required.

    We recommend you review the required equipment and testing requirements listed below. You will be allowed to practice before hand, but this is not the time to try to learn to shoot your carry weapon for the first time. PRACTICE!

    The best part of all this is all proceeds from this event will benefit the Iowa Firearms Coalition’s political action committee. Which means you’ll be on your way to carry for another 5 years, and the money you spend on recertification will go directly towards getting pro-Second Amendment candidates elected and pro-gun owner laws passed. A win-win if there ever was such a thing.

    Instruction & Certification

    Steve Hensyel
    Hawkeye Firearms Instruction

    Rick Largesse
    Controlled Chaos Arms

    Required equipment

    -Carry handgun
    -20 rounds ammunition to qualify (more if you’d like to practice)
    -Eye protection
    -Ear protection
    -$25 cash

    Re-certification Test Requirements

    Target: 8 inches
    Distance: 8 yards
    Time: 60 seconds
    Shots: 10
    Required Reloads: 1
    Accuracy Requirement: 100%

    You will be allowed to practice before testing. Each participant will be allowed two attempts.

     


    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.