• ACTION ALERT – Iowa: Make the Second Amendment Great Again ;)

    November 9, 2016

    ACTION ALERT
    First Contact

    Iowans-There’s no denying it. We did it. We flipped the Iowa Senate! Our biggest roadblock has been removed. But as we told you last night this is merely the first step of the journey, albeit a huge first step. The next step is to take everything we’ve just done and cement it in minds of Iowa’s legislators. That’s where you come into play.

    Lawmakers will be meeting sooner than you probably realize, drawing up plans, committee assignments and establishing their priorities for 2017. It’s your job to make sure they know protecting and enhancing the Second Amendment is a central part of their job (and that we’ll be holding them accountable for their actions).

    We’ve just activated a brand new Advocacy Campaign. Its purpose is to make first contact with the legislators and remind them of what the election proved last night: if they want to keep their jobs they cannot afford to ignore Iowa’s Second Amendment advocates.

    NOTE: If your elected official is one of the ones who lost yesterday, feel free to drop a note to the leadership in each chamber. Just remember to keep it brief and respectful!

    As we speak, IFC’s election work is making major waves throughout the capitol and the entire state. Iowa Public Radio has been reporting how we beat Steve Sodders. The Associated Press is spreading the word far and wide that IFC is already working on legislation for 2017. The best part about all this?

    It. Is. All. True.

    Stand Your Ground | Constitutional Carry | RKBA Constitutional Amendment | SBRs | Youth Shooting | Privacy Protection | Emergency Protection and more.

    This is all on IFC’s to-do list. But it won’t happen unless you help us make it absolutely crystal clear to Iowa’s lawmakers that as soon as the 2017 legislative session opens they better be ready to work on pro-gun owner legislation. Use our Advocacy Campaign to let them know our expectations.

    Thanks in advance for your advocacy and THANK YOU for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition!


    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. 

  • 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. 

  • IA Senate Democrats Change Bipartisan Gun Bills

    March 12, 2016

    Breaking down the recent Senate amendments

    The Senate Judiciary and Natural Resources committees recently approved the ATV Carry Act and Privacy Protection Act. These two bills, and the Hearing Protection Act, are now eligible for a vote before the full Senate. But there’s a very large asterisk next to the ATV Carry Act and the Privacy Protection Act. Both bills were passed out of committee with an amendment, and in both cases the amendments greatly undermine the original intent of the bills. Rather than drum up a bunch of incendiary rhetoric we’ll simply lay out the amendments, a few facts about the bills and why the Iowa Firearms Coalition opposes these measures. Then you can decide for yourself whether or not the Senate Democrats were right to start monkeying with these bills. We hope that this will help you as you contact your legislators about these bills, and help you convince your friends and family to do the same.

    CLICK HERE to send an email to your Senator telling them to VOTE NO on these amendments!

    ATV Carry Act

    This bill was designed to allow Iowans to carry their firearms on ATVs, snowmobiles, and other off-highway vehicles in the same way they are allowed to carry their firearms in cars, tractors, or motorcycles. Under current Iowa law you’re committing a crime if you carry a firearm on ATV, snowmobile, etc., in any way other than unloaded and in a case. Even if you have a valid Permit to Carry.

    House File 2283, the ATV Carry Act, passed the Iowa House of Representatives 78 to 20 on February 23rd. When the Senate Natural Resources Committee got a hold of it they promptly amended this bill. Their originally proposed amendment does the following:

    -Makes the bill only apply to pistols and revolvers (long guns must still be kept unloaded and cased)
    -Requires the use of a “retention holster” (but does not define what a retention holster is)
    -Removes a provision that allows landowners to carry on an ATV or snowmobile without a Permit to Carry, so long as they remain on property they own or possess
    -Inserts a prohibition on shooting from an ATV or snowmobile under any circumstances (the original House version prohibited shooting from the vehicles while “hunting or attempting to hunt”)

    In our testimony to the Senate Natural Resources subcommittee, IFC voiced strong opposition to these unnecessary changes to the House approved language of the bill. We were able to convince the subcommittee members to reinsert the provision allowing persons to carry unrestricted on their own property. This is a vital correction, as it is anticipated that rural landowners will be the primary beneficiaries of this legislative reform.

    When HF2283 came before the full Natural Resources Committee, Senator Ken Rozenboom (R-Oskaloosa), offered an amendment that effected the changes listed above, but with the corrective language regarding private property. In addition, Sen. Rozenboom included a provision that would allow Iowans to carry loaded and uncased long guns when operating their vehicles on land they own or possess. In making the case for this provision, the Senator used the example of a cattleman who might come upon a coyote attacking a calf and needing immediate access to his firearm. (IFC has not yet seen the language of this amendment, but we believe this explanation to be accurate.) The amendment was approved without objection by the full committee, which then approved the bill with only Sen. Bolkcom (D-Iowa City) voting in opposition.
    Though the amendment was improved in committee, it raises immediate questions: What constitutes a “retention holster?” Aren’t all holsters considered retention devices? They’re designed hold our weapon in a safe way, right? Who get’s to define what is and is not a “retention holster?” These are all valid questions that the Senate Democrats have left unanswered, and that’s a very big problem. Then there’s the fact that this amendment only applies to handguns.

    CLICK HERE to send an email to your Senator telling them to VOTE NO on these amendments!

    Privacy Protection Act

    This bill does a number of things, but most notably it makes it so that permit holders in Iowa can keep their private information (name, date of birth, address, etc.) private. Right now anyone can request the private information of all 250,000+ permit holders in Iowa. This is a problem when the media in Iowa collect all this information and publish or broadcast this information for no other reason than because they can. This bill, House File 2314, would curtail that, but it also cleans up and solidifies a handful of questionable provisions in Iowa’s Permit to Carry law that was passed in 2010.

    The amendment to this bill, passed by the Democrats on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee does the following:

    -Requires a proficiency test for all future Permit to Carry applicants (range test would be mandatory)
    -Eliminates the option of online training for a Permit to Carry
    -Institutes a “loser pays” system for permit denials & suspensions (if you’re denied a permit, appeal the ruling, and a judge rules in your favor your sheriff will have to pay your legal fees)

    There are several things to consider on this amendment. First off, the loser pays system is a provision that IFC supports. But outside of that the rest of this amendment leads to a lot of questions Senators would prefer you didn’t ask. Questions like: what other rights do we as Iowans enjoy that require a proficiency test? Do you need to pass a test to go to your place of worship? No. Do you need to pass a test before you can speak publicly? No. Do you need to prove your ability before you can go vote? Nope. Now, we might joke on occasion about ‘low information voters’ from time to time, but the fact is there’s no specific level proficiency you must prove before you can vote. Can you imagine the fit the Senate would throw if a bill was put forward requiring a proficiency test for voters? It would be epic. So considering all this ask yourself, why should your right to keep and bear arms be any different? Take it one step further and ask yourself when has a private citizen in Iowa ever been required by state law to pass a proficiency test to exercise their Second Amendment right? The answer is never.

    Fundamental issues with the proficiency tests aside, this amendment would severely limit Iowans’ ability to obtain quality instruction. This is because there is currently a very distinct shortage of public shooting areas in the State of Iowa, which means if this amendment were passed the only instructors that would be allowed to teach Permit to Carry classes would be those who have access to a range. In addition, this amendment blocks a citizen’s ability to take a classroom Permit to Carry class with one instructor and take a proficiency test at a range with a separate instructor. In short, this amendment would severely cut into Iowans’ gun safety training options. Make no mistake, the Iowa Firearms Coalition encourages in the strongest possible terms that all Iowans to seek out high quality firearms training. But private citizens should be free to seek out training as they see fit, not be forced into an arbitrary set of demands established by a handful of non-carrying, non-gun owning legislators.

    Don’t lose sight of the voting record on this bill either. On February 23rd, this bill sailed through the Iowa House of Representatives 97 to 1. Republicans, Democrats, urban legislators, rural legislators, everyone but one stick in the mud in the House voted for this bill. On top of that, the lone representative who voted no on this bill didn’t even feel strongly enough about it to get up and speak in opposition. Not a single word of opposition about this bill was spoken! So what’s changed between then and now? One thing, the bill now resides in the Senate chambers, and for some reason those in power in the Senate Judiciary Committee feel the need to meddle.

    As if that meddling was not bad enough, we’d like to remind you of one final fact. Iowa’s law enforcement groups have all registered in favor of this bill as written. The Iowa Police Chiefs Association, Iowa Peace Officers Association, Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association, all of these organizations representing law enforcement all throughout our state have endorsed the bill as written. The men and women who are sworn to keep us safe believe in this bill, and yet for some reason the Senate Democrats seem to think know how to protect Iowans better that Iowa’s law enforcement officers…

    Draw your own conclusions about these amendments, but make sure you know the facts. And when you hear someone telling you these amendments “strengthen these bills” make sure they know the facts as well.

    CLICK HERE to send an email to your Senator telling them to VOTE NO on these amendments!


    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. 

  • LEGISLATIVE ALERT – Committee Vote TOMORROW on SUPPRESSORS!

    March 1, 2016

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    Heads up Iowans!

    Things are moving very quickly for a couple of our IFC backed pro-gun owner bills.

    Today a Senate Judiciary subcommittee voted unanimously to advance HF2279, the Hearing Protection Act.

    This afternoon, before the subcommittee even met, the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled HF2279 for a full committee vote. Talk about a good omen! Tomorrow’s Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the Hearing Protection Act is slated for 1PM TOMORROW (3/2/16). Here’s the link to each committee member and their contact info.

    Senate Judiciary Subcommittee vote on HF2279, the Hearing Protection Act. Senators Sodders, Kinney and Zaun unanimously voted to approve this bill.

    Senate Judiciary Subcommittee vote on HF2279, the Hearing Protection Act. Senators Sodders, Kinney and Zaun unanimously voted to approve this bill.

    You can also call the Senate switchboard during business hours to leave a message with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The number is: 515-281-3371. 

    Tell them you want to see each of the five pro-gun owner bills from the House voted on as written, without any amendments watering down their original intent.

    Also, tomorrow there will be another Senate Judiciary subcommittee meeting and vote, this time on HF2314, the Privacy Protection Act. That subcommittee is made up of:

    Steve Sodders – steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov
    Kevin Kinney – kevin.kinney@legis.iowa.gov
    Brad Zaun – brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov

    While you’re taking action don’t forget to hit our latest Advocacy Campaign urging your Senator to do their part to advance each of the five pro-gun owner bills that recently passed out of the House of Representatives.

    Things are moving quickly on suppressors. This is very encouraging, but now is not the time to coast. This process only works if you are engaged and taking action.

    Be on the lookout for more updates on these bills from the legitimate organizations actually working to protect and enhance the rights of Iowa gun owners – the Iowa Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association & American Suppressor Association.

    We’ll be sharing more details on our Facebook and Twitter pages as the information becomes available!


    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.

  • LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Subcommittee vote – Hearing Protection Act

    February 29, 2016

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    Tuesday 3/1/2016

    House File 2279, the Hearing Protection Act is expected to see its first action in the Iowa Senate tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. A Senate Judiciary subcommittee is expected to vote on the bill. The three person subcommittee consists of the following senators:

    Steve Sodders – steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov
    Kevin Kinney – kevin.kinney@legis.iowa.gov
    Brad Zaun – brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov

    Please contact them and encourage them advance this bill with its original language and without amendment.

    You can also call the Senate switchboard during business hours to leave a message with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The number is: 515-281-3371.

    We’ll be sharing the outcome on our Facebook and Twitter pages as soon as we get word.

    While you’re taking action don’t forget to hit our latest Advocacy Campaign urging your Senator to do their part to advance each of the five pro-gun owner bills that recently passed out of the House of Representatives.


    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.

  • Legislative Session Ends Without Omnibus Gun Bill Passage

    June 5, 2015

     

    Dear freedom loving Iowans,

    As president of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, it befalls me to deliver unfortunate news: All the Second Amendment provisions for which we have fought so hard this year have failed to pass through the Iowa Legislature to become law.  It is with great regret and a heavy heart that I tell you this.  I am so very sorry that our civil rights have failed to be recognized yet again in our great state.

    At the start, this promised to be a banner year, and there remained much to be optimistic about right up to the end.  We earned the support and active cooperation of the Iowa law enforcement community.  We earned the support of the Republican House and Senate caucuses.  We earned the support of most Democrats in both the House and Senate.  We earned the support of the governor.  Initially, everyone on all sides, in both chambers and in all the relevant committees, was working together well to create and pass Second Amendment legislation.  The House led the way early and passed our common-sense legislation with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority. When the Senate proved reluctant to act, House leadership stayed in the fight for your rights, shepherding the measures to passage two additional times  There was much to be excited and hopeful about!

    But it all came to nothing, and I am left with one looming question: Where was the breakdown?  The provisions we asked for were simple, basic, common sense measures that were backed by the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association, the Iowa Police Chiefs Association, the Iowa County Attorneys Association, and the National Rifle Association.  And all across the country, states are passing pro-Second Amendment legislation too, forming a distinct national trend.  Heck, even the state that Al Franken comes from just legalized suppressors!  So what’s the problem?  Who dropped the ball?

    The answer is simple: The Senate Democrat leadership.  Everything was going well until the Senate Democrat leadership got their hands on our bill.  And it is because of the Senate Democrat leadership’s distinct lack of leadership, because of their bucking the national trend, because of their disregard for their own caucus, the Republican caucus, and several upstanding and respected organizations in this state, because of all of this our bill failed.  If we can’t even get the simple stuff passed, how are we going to make progress on the big stuff?  Shame on them.

    These are the facts.  I wish they were different.  But being men and women of conscience and partners with us in the quest for liberty, you deserve the truth no matter how repellent and upsetting.  I am so very, truly sorry.  I have never seen a group of people work so hard to achieve a single thing as did the members and volunteers of IFC this year, and for that, to all of you, you have my sincerest gratitude.

    We’ve got big things planned for this organization, and VP Kurt Liske and Communications Director Jon Van Wyk will be sure to keep you in the loop.  In the meantime though, remember: An election is coming.  It only takes flipping two seats in the Senate to knock down the Democrat leadership’s house of cards.  Mark my words, they’ll try to throw us a bone next year by passing this year’s bill, in the hopes that you’ll forget this year all the way to the voting booth.  So print this letter out and hang it over your computer as a reminder if you must, but no matter what comes, remember the Democrat Senate leadership’s betrayal on this day.  Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain!

    I’ll see you on the range…And once again on the front lines next year.

    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,
    Barry B. Snell
    President, Iowa Firearms Coalition


    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.

     

  • Review & Preview : Week 17 of the Iowa Legislative Session

    May 10, 2015


    Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.
    -Author unknown


    ​Week 17 Review

    Iowa Firearms Coalition members continue to fight the Senate’s inaction on SF427. We activated a new Advocacy Campaign and continue to call on each and every one of you to keep the pressure on the Senate and the Senate’s leadership. The details on how to do so are outlined below.

    Week 18 Preview

    Since this legislative session is already beyond it’s intended length (and the legislators are no longer being paid nor receiving a per diem), both chambers of the Legislature are under increased pressure to wrap things up for the year. At the forefront of our minds should be how we went 2015 to be remembered as it pertains to the expansion of our 2nd Amendment freedoms.

    As we have previously mentioned, SF427 continues to remain a viable bill that needs only a final vote in the full Iowa Senate. It continues to enjoy broad bipartisan support and needs only to overcome the obstacle that is Senator Gronstal (D). As the Senate Majority Leader, Gronstal decides what bills will and will not be bought to the floor for debate and a vote. Recognizing that there is very little time left, we must make this week count as we continue to remind the Senate Leadership that we are still here and demand to be heard.

    What You Can Do

    As we celebrate Mother’s Day and reflect on everything we are thankful for, it becomes apparent that those things we are most thankful for include the many freedoms we enjoy. But as we ponder those freedoms we must continue to remind ourselves that we gain and maintain freedom through involvement.

    Similarly, we lose freedom when we become spectators to the political process and sit on the side-lines hoping for the best. As such, you must ask yourself if you want to be an agent of change that expands freedom, or do you want to be a spectator that watches freedom evaporate from our nation’s vocabulary.

    Get involved today! Make one phone call… send one email, and talk to one neighbor. Together, we can make our voices heard that SF427 must receive a vote!

    Email:
    Use our newest Advocacy Campaign to quickly and easily email your Senator. Help us send a strong message – ‘Your inaction on SF427 will be considered the same as a “No” vote.’

    If you can, copy the body of that message and send an additional email to the Senate leadership as well. Their email addresses are: mike.gronstal@legis.iowa.gov; steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov; pam.jochum@legis.iowa.gov; joe.bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov

    Call:
    The Senate switchboard will open for calls tomorrow (Monday) at 1:00 p.m.

    Call them and leave a message – (515)281-3371 – “SF427 deserves a vote! It’s time to do what’s right for the people of Iowa. Stop the games and bring Senate File 427 to floor.”

    Ask that the message is delivered to your Senator as well as the Senate leadership.


    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.

  • Review & Preview: Week 16 in the Iowa Legislature

    May 3, 2015

    Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
    -Napoleon Bonaparte

     

    Week 16 Review

    The Iowa Senate continues to purposely stall SF427, the Omnibus Gun Bill. There has been no new action on the bill this week.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition members are fighting this malicious inaction. We’ve activated a new Advocacy Campaign and are calling on each and every one of you to turn up the pressure on the Senate and the Senate’s leadership.

    More details below on how you can do your part to help the cause.

    Week 17 Preview

    Right now many of us have more questions than answers with regard to the status of SF427. It is still a viable bill that can be voted on at a moment’s notice IF Senate Majority Leader (D) Mike Gronstal were to allow the democratic process to actually occur.

    Our current situation epitomizes everything that’s wrong and broke about our legislative system, and we need your help to get the word out.

    When a bill, such as SF427, passes 6 votes, each time with  bipartisan support, often receiving a supermajority vote, you’d think the Senate would recognize that it deserves a vote.When a bill, such as SF427, would protect the privacy more than a quarter million Iowans, you’d think the Senate would give it a fair vote.When a bill, such as SF427, is backed by Iowa’s police agencies, you’d think the Senate would listen to the men and women that keep them safe.

    Senator Gronstal and the inner circle that makes up the Senate leadership are purposely blocking this bill from being brought to a vote.

    They’re doing this because they’re afraid.

    Radical out of state gun control groups have put a lot of pressure on them to kill the Omnibus Gun Bill by any means possible. Undoubtedly there have been promises made about the 2016 elections as well. The Senate leadership is afraid that voting on this bill would mean their members would have to go on record and show their true colors.

    They’d rather pander to nanny state billionaires than do their jobs and serve the people of Iowa. They know the Omnibus Gun Bill has the votes to pass, but in order to keep their 1% East Coast sugar daddies happy they’re forced to use ticky-tack procedural methods to kill this bill rather than give it the vote it deserves.

    That is the real reason they refuse to bring SF427 to a vote.

    What You Can Do

    The time has come for us to hold the Senate Majority Leadership accountable. Rather than continue to make us explain *why* SF427 should receive a vote, it is time for us to require THEM to answer *why not.*

    Email:
    Use our newest Advocacy Campaign to quickly and easily email your Senator. Help us send a strong message – ‘Your inaction on SF427 will be considered the same as a “No” vote.’

    If you can, copy the body of that message and send an additional email to the Senate leadership as well. Their email addresses are: mike.gronstal@legis.iowa.gov; steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov; pam.jochum@legis.iowa.gov; joe.bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov

    Call:
    The Senate switchboard will open for calls tomorrow (Monday) at 1:00 p.m.

    Call them and leave a message – (515)281-3371“SF427 deserves a vote! It’s time to do what’s right for the people of Iowa. Stop the games and bring Senate File 427 to floor.”

    Ask that the message is delivered to your Senator as well as the Senate leadership.

    Closing Thoughts

    Ask yourself, “Who runs Iowa? Do out-of-state astroturf organizations funded by New York billionaires run Iowa? Or do Iowans run Iowa? Do Iowans want to be told by East Coast gun grabbers how we should live our lives? Or do we want Iowa Legislators to represent IOWA values?”

    If Senators Gronstal and Sodders block our other 48 Senators from voting on SF427, they will have single handedly disenfranchised millions of Iowans. We cannot sit idly by and allow this to happen. As a 2nd Amendment advocate, if you have been saving your time and energy to be heard during this legislative session; now is the time! We’ve worked too hard to throw in the towel now.

    Call or email your Iowa Senator repeatedly this week and explain that we will not relent on this issue. Tell the Senate leadership we expect them to listen to the people of Iowa, or we will hold the whole Senate accountable at the voting booth in 2016!


    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, ormaking a donation.

  • DO or DIE Time for Iowa’s Omnibus Gun Bill

    May 1, 2015
    Legislative Alert
    Do or Die Time for Omnibus Gun Bill – SF427
    New Advocacy Campaign Launched

    Iowans-

    We’re getting word the Omnibus Gun Bill is in dire straits. We greatly need your help.

    It’s been three full weeks since the Iowa House of Representatives passed SF427, the latest version of the Omnibus Gun Bill. Since then the bill has been waiting for the Iowa Senate to schedule it for a vote. For three full weeks it has sat there, on the Senate leadership’s desk, and they haven’t lifted a finger. Nor will they unless we start making some racket.

    IFC needs your help starting right now, and continuing until the final gavel falls. We’ve just activated a brand new Advocacy Campaign telling the Senate Iowans expect them to do their jobs and give this bill a fair vote.

    If you can, please copy body of that message and send an additional email to the Senate leadership as well. Their email addresses are: mike.gronstal@legis.iowa.govsteve.sodders@legis.iowa.govpam.jochum@legis.iowa.govjoe.bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov

    Tell them the people of Iowa (whom they’ve sworn to serve) expect them to give the Omnibus Gun Bill a fair vote. Most importantly, make sure they know that no action on this bill must be considered the same as them voting ‘No.’

    We need you to help us make it very clear, the Senate’s actions (or in actions) in 2015 will not be forgotten during the 2016 elections.

    If the Senate allows the Omnibus Gun Bill to die without a vote they’ll have made several points very clear to the people of Iowa.

    • A track record of six massive by bipartisan votes mean nothing to them.
    • The word of Iowa’s law enforcement communities means nothing to them.
    • Protecting the privacy of a quarter million Iowans means nothing to them.
    • Parental rights, and supervised gun safety training mean nothing to them.
    • Stiffer penalties for criminals buying guns illegally means nothing to them.
    • Legalizing suppressors, and restoring lost freedoms means nothing to them.

    You’d think any legislator worth their salt would not want to be responsible for blocking of all that. But by now we know full well the Iowa Senate would rather follow its own agenda rather than listen to the people they’ve sworn to serve.

    Please use our Advocacy Campaign.

    We need you to contact the Iowa Senate the same way they vote in Chicago; early and often.

    We’ve asked for your help a lot this session. But this is when we need it most. This is shaping up to be our final push to get SF427 the vote it deserves. If we do not raise the alarm and make our case right now the Senate leadership will be more than happy to brush our Second Amendment freedoms aside once again.

    Please contact your Senator, the Senate leadership, and get your friends and family to do the same. It is do or die time for the Omnibus Gun Bill.

    The final push begins now.


    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, ormaking a donation.