• Branstad expected to sign HF517 this week!

    April 9, 2017

    Branstad expected to sign HF517 this week!

    Iowans-

    We’ve cleared all the legislative hurdles. Passed all the subcommittees, committees and floor votes. Now the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in the history of our state is one signature away from being law.

    Following an epic set of closing comments from Rep. Matt Windchitl the Iowa House of Representatives passed House File 517 for the final time, concurring with the Senate and sending HF517 to Governor Terry Branstad. Governor Branstad’s office has indicated he plans to sign the bill into law this week.

    Once the bill is signed by the governor two provisions, Permit Privacy and Supervised Youth Handgun Training, will be effective immediately. The rest, Stand Your Ground, SBRs/SBSs, Emergency Powers, and so on, will go into effect on July 1st.
    Windschitl: “Iowa gun owners are being lied to”

    Representative Windschitl’s closing remarks on House File 517 have caused quite a stir throughout the state. Windschitl called out the Iowa Gun Owners (IGO) group for lying to thousands of Iowans. Windschitl noted that despite their claims of being the driving force behind HF517, Iowa Gun Owners and their leaders never once spoke up about HF517, Stand Your Ground or any other provision of HF517 during the multiple subcommittees and public comment periods. IGO never registered as an organization in favor of the gun bill (here’s the list of everyone who actually declared for or against HF517) and most shockingly IGO isn’t even registered as a lobbying organization in the State of Iowa.  We’ve uploaded Rep. Windschitl’s comments to our YouTube page.Windschitl’s epic closing comments caused enough stir that KCRG‘s Forrest Saunders did some digging and found even more concerning information on the Iowa Gun Owners organization.Tax documents from 2014 show Iowa Gun Owners made more than $293,000– mostly from grants and contributions. All but about $13,000 was spent. The majority of the money went to list email fees, direct mail fees and postage.
    There was no compensation listed for any employees, including Director Dorr, despite claiming he works 70 hours per week.
    KCRG-TV9 asked Dorr about the amount of time he works for the group without payment. He called the question “hostile” and declined to answer, except through email.
    Word is getting out about who’s actually fighting for your rights in Des Moines and who’s continually blowing hot air. Please keep spreading the word about the Iowa Firearms Coalition!Suppressor Giveaway
    To show how thankful we are for your continued support we’ve partnered with SilencerCo and Controlled Chaos Arms to give away a FREE SilencerCo Omega suppressor.

    If you’re an active IFC member you’re automatically entered to win. It doesn’t matter if you’re a life member, annual member, long-time member or brand new member. You don’t need to do anything, as long as you’re an active IFC member you’re automatically entered to win.

    If you’re not an IFC member, now would be a very good time to join. We’ll announce the winner Saturday, April 29th, so if you’re not a member yet you’ve still got a chance to join up and win.

    Annual IFC Memberships are $35 a year. We also have IFC Life Memberships available and for a short time we’re running special on life memberships. Our normal $600 life membership rate has been temporarily reduced to $400 if you sign up online and use the Coupon Code: LIFE.

    More updates to come
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    Iowa Firearms Coalition!

  • Who Voted For & Against HF517 – The Biggest Gun Bill in Iowa History

    April 5, 2017

     

    The Iowa Senate has officially passed the largest pro-gun bill in state history. House File 517, also known as the Omnibus Gun Bill, passed the Senate by a 33-17 margin on Tuesday, April 4th. The bill had an amendment, you can read it here, which means it’ll go back to the House for a concurance vote (which we expect it to pass easily) before going to Governor Branstad’s desk.

    The following Senators not only voted Yes on HF517, they also stood and testified in favor of the bill, often countering outrageous claims made by opponents of HF517. We encourage you to reach out to all the Senators who voted yes on HF517, but these seven most certainly deserve thanks.

    Dan Dawson – dan.dawson@legis.iowa.gov
    Jeff Edler – jeff.edler@legis.iowa.gov
    Julian Garret – julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov
    Jerry Behn – jerry.behn@legis.iowa.gov
    Mark Chelgren – mark.chelgren@legis.iowa.gov
    Brad Zaun – brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov
    Jake Chapman – jake.chapman@legis.iowa.gov

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    Also of note, HF517 passed with bi-partisan support. Republicans who have traditionally been strong supporters of Second Amendment rights were able pull four Democrats into the Yes column. This is significant and the Iowa Firearms Coalition commends these four for listening to the constituents and voting their district. Please take a moment to send them an email thanking them for their Yes vote on HF517.

    Chaz Allen – chaz.allen@legis.iowa.gov
    Tod Bowman – tod.bowman@legis.iowa.gov
    Wally Horn – wally.horn@legis.iowa.gov
    Rich Taylor – rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov

    Remember, all session long legislators get bombarded with emails and phone calls from people demanding that they do this or that. Very rarely does a lawmaker ever hear the words Thank You, and when they do the remember it. It’s important that we acknowledge those who’ve helped protect and enhance our right to keep and bear arms.

    Please, take a few minutes to send a brief email thanking these Senators for their support. It doesn’t have to be anything in-depth. Just tell them you’re an Iowa Firearms Coalition supporter and you appreciate their Yes vote on HF517. You’d be surprised how few people take the time to thank those who do the right thing.

     

    These 33 Senators  voted Yes on HF517

    Bill Anderson
    Jerry Behn
    Rick Bertrand
    Michael Breitbach
    Waylon Brown
    Jake Chapman
    Mark Chelgren
    Mark Costello
    Dan Dawson
    Bill Dix
    Jeff Edler
    Randy Feenstra
    Julian Garrett
    Tom Greene
    Dennis Guth
    Craig Johnson
    Tim Kapucian
    Tim Kraayenbrink
    Mark Lofgren
    Ken Rozenboom
    Charles Schneider
    Jason Schultz
    Mark Segebart
    Tom Shipley
    Amy Sinclair
    Roby Smith
    Jack Whitver
    Brad Zaun
    Dan Zumbach
    Chas Allen
    Tod Bowman
    Wally Horn
    Rich Taylor

    bill.anderson@legis.iowa.gov, jerry.behn@legis.iowa.gov, rick.bertrand@legis.iowa.gov, michael.breitbach@legis.iowa.gov, waylon.brown@legis.iowa.gov, jake.chapman@legis.iowa.gov, mark.chelgren@legis.iowa.gov, mark.costello@legis.iowa.gov, dan.dawson@legis.iowa.gov, bill.dix@legis.iowa.gov, jeff.edler@legis.iowa.gov, randy.feenstra@legis.iowa.gov, julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov, tom.greene@legis.iowa.gov, dennis.guth@legis.iowa.gov, craig.johnson@legis.iowa.gov, tim.kapucian@legis.iowa.gov, tim.kraayenbrink@legis.iowa.gov, mark.lofgren@legis.iowa.gov, ken.rozenboom@legis.iowa.gov, charles.schneider@legis.iowa.gov, jason.schultz@legis.iowa.gov, mark.segebart@legis.iowa.gov, tom.shipley@legis.iowa.gov, amy.sinclair@legis.iowa.gov, roby.smith@legis.iowa.gov, jack.whitver@legis.iowa.gov, brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov, dan.zumbach@legis.iowa.gov, chaz.allen@legis.iowa.gov, tod.bowman@legis.iowa.gov, wally.horn@legis.iowa.gov, rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov

     

    These 17 Senators vote No on HF517

    Tony Bisignano
    Joe Bolkcom
    Nate Boulton
    Jeff Danielson
    Bill Dotzler
    Robery Dvorsky
    Rita Hart
    Rob Hogg
    Pam Jochum
    David Johnson
    Kevin Kinney
    Jim Lykam
    Liz Mathis
    Matt McCoy
    Janet Peterson
    Herman Quirmbach
    Amanda Ragan


  • No Senate Vote on HF517 this Week

    March 31, 2017


    Funnel Week Delays HF517 Vote

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    Despite their best efforts our allies in the Iowa Senate were unable to bring HF517, the Omnibus Gun Bill, to the Senate floor for debate and a vote this week. The reason? Today (Friday) is the second funnel of the 2017 legislative session. Our bill cleared this procedural hurdle two weeks ago, but several other non-Second Amendment issues needed to get passed out of committee by today in order to remain viable. Also, according to Senator Brad Zaun, some key Senators who want to enthusiastically vote YES on HF517 had planned absences this week and wouldn’t be present if the bill was brought to the floor this week. So considering the full funnel week schedule and the schedules of their caucus, the decision was made to push the vote on HF517 back to Tuesday, April 4th. Senator Zaun assured us publicly at and a NRA/IFC Grassroots Action meeting that the bill will be run this coming Tuesday. You can watch video of Senator Zaun giving a crowd of more than 200 gun owners his word right HERE, his comments start at approximately 14 minutes.

    While the delay is frustrating, everything is still on track and we are still extremely optimistic we’ll be passing the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in Iowa history. In fact we got some good news from Representative Matt Windschitl during Wednesday night’s NRA/IFC Grassroots Action meeting. Rep. Windschitl has been talking with the governor about our bill and the governor intends to sign HF517 into law when the bill is brought to him. You can see Rep. Windschitl’s comments on the video linked to above at the 35 minute mark.

    With these assurances we need you to help us make sure this all comes to fruition and the best way to do that is to get out and speak up about HF517 at this weekend’s legislative forums and coffee breaks. Here’s the list of each event taking place across the state this weekend. Please urge your Senator to pass HF517 and get this bill to Governor Branstad.

    We’re close folks, please help us push this through to the finish line!

     More updates to come
    Thank you for supporting the
    Iowa Firearms Coalition!


  • ATV Carry Act Signed Into Law

    April 6, 2016

    ATV Carry Act Signed Into Law
    Iowa's ATV Carry Act - 2016

    Iowans-

    This morning Governor Terry Branstad signed House File 2283, the ATV Carry Act, into law! This means after July 1st it will be legal for Permit to Carry holders to carry their pistols and revolvers while riding ATVs, snowmobiles, and other unlicensed vehicles. As some of you may remember this bill was watered down by Senate Democrats, but the passage of HF2283 is still a significant improvement over the way things were at the start of this session (when you couldn’t carry at all when riding).

    You can read the full text of the bill HERE.

    Privacy Protection Act

    While we have your attention, please take 60 seconds to email your senator about HF2314, the Privacy Protection Act. If you have a Permit to Carry or Permit to Acquire this bill has a direct impact on you. The Privacy Protection Act puts an end to the media & others having free rein to collect and publish the private information of permit holders in Iowa.

    The bill has passed every hurdle except a vote in the full Senate. We’ve set up a new Advocacy Campaign that makes it easy to email your senator urging them to pass HF2314 as written. This campaign has been getting a lot of traffic and it’s making an impact. The Privacy Protection Act has a very real chance of getting passed through a full Senate vote this session, but that’s only if we continue to push this issue to the forefront. We’re not through yet, we need you to keep fighting!

    Email your senator right now, then forward this to anyone else you know who has a Permit to Carry and get them to do the same.

    More to be done

    After we passed the Hearing Protection Act we promised you we weren’t through fighting. Today we delivered another victory for Second Amendment advocates in Iowa. We’re plenty excited, but the Iowa Firearms Coalition is not done fighting. Not by a long shot. We’ve still got lots of work to get done, so we’re making you the same promise we made after we legalized suppressors: IFC has no plans of backing down now, and we will not slow down. We’re not going to take any breaks. We’re proud to be fighting to protect and enhance the rights of all 3+ million Iowans, and we know that deserve everything we’ve got. We’d love for you to join us.

    More updates to come. Thank you for standing with 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 gun legislation update – Week 11

    March 27, 2016
    Legislative update week 11

    Happy Easter Iowans!

    You’ve probably heard by now, but just days ago the House of Representatives approved a Senate amendment to the Hearing Protection Act. As we’ve mentioned previously this amendment was merely grammatical and the intent of HF2279 remains intact. This means the Hearing Protection Act awaiting Governor Branstad’s signature and is scheduled to be signed into law this week!

    Last week the House also approved a Senate amendment to the ATV Carry Act. This bill was pared down significantly by Senate Democrats. While the Iowa Firearms Coalition opposed the Senate’s amendment from the very beginning the legislature opted to move forward on their own.

    This bill is not ideal, we recognize that, but it is a significant step forward. When this bill is signed into law (and we do expect that to happen) Iowans with a Permit to Carry will finally be allowed to carry pistols and revolvers when riding ATVs, snowmobiles and other unlicensed vehicles. Is this amended bill perfect? No. But it makes things better than what they were for tens of thousands of Iowans, and that’s real, tangible progress.

    For more about what the amended version of the HF2283 does and does not do, visit our page about the 2016 ATV Carry Act.

    Also, don’t forget, the Privacy Protection Act, HF2314, is still in play in the Senate. This bill is arguably the most important gun owner bill that has made it through the committee process. HF2314 would serve more than a quarter million Iowans who have either a Permit to Carry or Permit to Aqcuire by making their personal information private from mass media. There is a problem though, Senate Democrats have once again attached an amendment in an effort to stymie this bill. The Senate has yet to vote on the Privacy Protection Act. If HF2314 is brough to the Senate floor for debate and a vote you can count on us to give you a heads up.

    Don’t forget, IFC life memberships are on sale through May 1st. $500 marked down to $300. Visit membership.iowafc.org/ to support the Iowa Firearms Coalition and become a member. If you can’t afford a life membership you can always become an annual member for $35. Use the coupon code “Suppressors2016” to receive your life membership discount. NOTE: if you’re a current IFC member looking to upgrade to a life membership email us at “membership@iowafc.org” to apply your coupon code.

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


    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 Senate PASSES Hearing Protection Act 46-4!

    March 17, 2016

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    Success in the Senate!

    At approximately 9:30 Thursday morning the Iowa Senate passed House File 2279 by a vote of 46 to 4. HF2279, the Hearing Protection Act, removes suppressors from Iowa’s list of so-called “offensive weapons.” If signed into law this would legalize the civilian ownership of firearm suppressors in the State of Iowa. For years the Iowa Senate has a literal dead-end for most every gun bill introduced in the Iowa legislature.

    When given an opportunity to speak out against the legalization of suppressors in Iowa not a single Senator chose to do so. In fact the only Senator who said anything was Senator Julian Garrett of Warren County who noted how long overdue this bill is and long we’ve been working to legalize suppressors in Iowa.

    Those voting against the bill were:

    Joe Bolkcom
    Bob Dvorsky
    Rob Hogg
    Herman Quirmbach

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    What comes next?

    There was an amendment attached by the Senate to HF2279. No need to worry though, the bill’s original intent remains intact. The amendment merely cleanup up a few small grammatical errors.

    The Hearing Protection Act now goes back to the House of Representatives. The House will have to decide whether or not to approve the amendment. The Iowa Firearms Coalition has been in ongoing discussions with the House leadership and they have indicated they will address the issue in a quick manner. We fully expect the House to approve the amendment and send HF2279 to Governor Branstad’s desk in short order. Tentative indications are the Governor will sign the bill.

    Community support

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition has been leading the fight to legalize suppressors in Iowa for years. Along the way we’ve been proud to work closely with the National Rifle Association and American Suppressor Association in the Iowa capitol. Other’s claim to have worked on legalizing suppressors, but we assure you they were no where to be found in the capitol during the numerous subcommittee meetings, lobby days, legislator education days, and so on.

    If you’re in support of Iowans’ right to own suppressors, you should be supporting those who’ve been fighting to protect and enhance your rights for years. Become an Iowa Firearms Coalition member today!


    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. 

  • Restore the Iowa National Guard’s Ability to Carry

    July 21, 2015
    It's time to restore the Iowa National Guard's right to carry.

    It’s time to restore the Iowa National Guard’s right to carry.

     

    Use our pre-written email to urge Governor Branstad to re-arm the Iowa National Guard today

     

    After the July 16th murder of four US Marines and one sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee governors of seven states — Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin — have issued orders that members of their state’s National Guard be armed in the wake of yet another domestic terrorist attack targeting US service members.

    It’s high time Iowa’s National Guard has their ability to carry restored.

    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has right and the ability to re-arm Iowa’s Guardsmen. Monday, July 20th, Branstad issued a statement calling for “Federal cooperation to address the issue nationally.”

    Naturally, we’d love see all US troops given the right to carry, but frankly considering the current administration’s stance towards the Second Amendment, this appears unlikely. While we can’t realistically expect a change on a national level, action can still be taken closer to home.

    Governor Branstad has asked Major General Timothy Orr of the Iowa National Guard to “assess the protection for those working at the Guard’s military facilities and recruitment sites.”

    It doesn’t take much assessment to see American troops on US soil are being specifically targeted. What’s worse, a combination of archaic out of date orders and “Gun Free Zones” prevent our nation’s warriors from being able to defend themselves here at home.

    It’s time for change, and it’s time that change starts here in Iowa.

    Carrying a firearm won’t make members of the Iowa National Guard invincible. But it will give them a fighting chance when radicals like Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, or Nidal Malik Hasan, or lunatics like Aaron Alexis start terrorizing US military bases and recruiting stations.

    Please contact Governor Terry Branstad’s office and tell him “Re-arm the Iowa National Guard. I don’t want to see what happened in Chattanooga happen in Iowa.”

    IFC’s pre-written email to the governor takes less than 60 seconds to send. Please sign and share!

     

    Governor Terry Branstad
    1007 East Grand Ave.
    Des Moines, Iowa 50319

    Phone: 515-281-5211

     


    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.

  • NRA endorses Terry Branstad for Governor

    September 23, 2014

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    Terry Branstad has picked up a key endorsement from the NRA’s Political Victory Fund. This comes as no real surprise as Branstad carries an A rating from the NRA, and has been a long time friend of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Full details from today’s endorsement can be found at the NRA’s PVF page.

    Chris Cox, chairman of the NRA’s Political Victory Fund had this to say about Governor Branstad:

    “As Governor, Terry Branstad signed a comprehensive bill improving Iowa’s concealed carry law, so law-abiding citizens can more fully exercise their Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF.  “The new law also provides, for the first time in state history, a clear path for Iowans, including members of the military and veterans, to have their gun rights restored.”

    Branstad was also instrumental in our fight to keep anti-gunners from enacting a ban on the use of lead shot during Iowa’s dove hunting season, and has openly stated he opposes gun registration and universal background checks.