• 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

    Iowans-

    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!


  • Iowa Gun Bill One Vote Away from Governor’s Desk

    March 19, 2017


    HF517 is Potentially
    One Vote Away From The Gov’s Desk
    The Iowa Senate Could Vote On HF517 Any Day

    Iowans-

    Late last week House File 517 passed out of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on a 10-2 vote. The bill got bi-partisan support (the two voting against the bill were Senators Nate Boulton and Janet Peterson). Thank you to all you who contacted your Senator before last week’s Senate Judiciary vote.We’re now all queued up for a vote in the full Iowa Senate.

    Three Potential Outcomes

    Any day now the Senate could vote on the Omnibus Gun Bill. When they vote there are three potential outcomes: Pass HF517 as is, Pass HF517 with an amendment, or Vote down HF517.
    Read more about How a Bill becomes a Law in Iowa on our website.

    If the Senate passes the bill as is (without any amendments) the bill then goes to Governor Terry Branstad.If the Senate passes HF517 with an amendment the proposed changes go back to the House who will have to vote Yes or No to accept the Senate’s amendment(s). If the House accepts the changes the bill goes to the Governor’s desk. If they vote No the amendment is sent back to the Senate and they will likely create a joint “conference committee” of Senators and Representatives to reconcile their differences and find a compromise.

    If the Senate votes No on HF517 the bill is dead for the year.

    Needless to say we’re very close getting this bill to the Governor, but this is no time to get complacent! We need to you keep up the phone calls and emails to the Senate.

    Keep Emailing!

    Our Advocacy Campaign makes it ridiculously easy to email your Senator (it takes just seconds). Whether you use our Advocacy Campaign or write your own email to your Senator, please take some time to reach out in support of HF517. Your calls and emails really do make a difference. We saw that in the House and we saw it in the Senate Judiciary Committee where members of both parties supported our bill.

    Have You Bought A Membership Yet?

    We’re on the verge of passing the biggest pro-gun owner bill in the history of our state. If you’re reading this you’ve probably written an email or two, or made phone calls about gun bills in the past. We truly appreciate your support and we strongly encourage you to Become an IFC member.

    Your membership dues help us continue the work we’ve started, they help us build off previous victories and help us educate more Iowans who want to protect and enhance the Second Amendment in our great state.

    Annual IFC Memberships are $35 a year. We also have IFC Life Memberships available. We’re running a short-term 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.

    In addition to supporting an organization that’s actively working (and winning) for you, you’ll get a membership card, sticker and soon we’ll be announcing a great new members only drawing. Here’s a sneak peek:
    In the mean time, please keep calling, keep emailing and keep spreading the word about HF517. We’ll alert you as soon as we know there will be a Senate vote. In the mean time, THANK YOU for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition!

  • Action Needed! HF517, Iowa’s Stand Your Ground & More

    March 14, 2017


    Senate Moving Quickly on HF517
    Judiciary Committee Planning to Vote Thursday

    Email Your Senator Now

    Friends, this afternoon a three person Iowa Senate subcommittee voted to advance HF517 to the Senate Judiciary Committee. We don’t have an exact time yet, but we believe the Judiciary Committee will vote on this bill on Thursday, 3/16.
    We need you to do these two things FAST:
    1. Email your State Senator – our brand new Advocacy Campaign makes it incredibly easy
    2. Get at least 3 other people to email their Senators – forward this email or send them this link:
    www.votervoice.net/IFC/campaigns/50721/respond
    This is the biggest pro-gun owner bill in state history. Stand Your Ground, Short Barreled Rifles, Youth Shooting, Permit Privacy and more. It’s all wrapped into House File 517.

    Visit our How a Bill Becomes A Law page if you’re wondering how close we are to getting this signed into law (HF517 is currently at step 16 of 20). We’ll be sharing more details on when to expect a vote as they become available. For now we need you to take action and email your Senators and respectfully urge them to vote Yes on HF517.

    Senate Judiciary Committee
    brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov, dan.dawson@legis.iowa.gov, rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov, tony.bisignano@legis.iowa.gov, nate.boulton@legis.iowa.gov, jeff.edler@legis.iowa.gov, julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov, kevin.kinney@legis.iowa.gov, janet.petersen@legis.iowa.gov, charles.schneider@legis.iowa.gov, jason.schultz@legis.iowa.gov, tom.shipley@legis.iowa.gov, amy.sinclair@legis.iowa.gov

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    Protect & Enhance the Second Amendment
    in Iowa!


  • Legislative Update – HF517 Assigned to Subcommittee

    March 12, 2017

    Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Assigned
    Omnibus Gun Bill Advances to the Senate
    Second Amendment Day 2017 a resounding SUCCESS!

    HF517 Status Report:

    By now you’ve probably heard, House File 517 breezed through the House last Tuesday on a 58-39 vote. This means HF517, the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in state history, is now in the Iowa Senate. Our bill has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a three person subcommittee consisting of Senators Dan Dawson, Janet Peterson and Brad Zaun. This is very good news.

    As we’ve told you before, Senator Zaun is staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and long time ally of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Senator Dawson is new to the Iowa Senate (he’s the man who replaced Mike Gronstal) and is a major supporter of gun owner’s rights and has been a big advocate for our bill in the Senate. Both Zaun and Dawson made time to come over to the House and watch the debate on HF517 last Tuesday. Senator Dawson stayed and observed the entire 4+ hour debate. That’s extremely encouraging.

    When will they vote? At this point it’s impossible to tell, nothing is on the schedule yet. Though both Zaun and Dawson have assured us this will not get brushed aside. We could see movement on HF517 in the Senate as early as this week, so be ready to take action on short notice.

    Who Voted YES

    Please take a moment and send a quick thank you to the 58 Republicans and Democrats who voted YES on HF517. Here’s the list of House members Who Voted YES on HF517.

    Thank you to all of you who took time to reach out to your representatives. Representative Scott Ourth, a Democrat, recently explained why he broke ranks with many of his fellow Democrats and voted YES on HF517:
    “I got hundreds emails and phone calls urging me to vote “yes” and hardly any asking me to resist.”
    Because of you and the thousands like you who took the time to send emails and make phone calls Rep. Ourth voted yes on our bill. This proves it yet again, your time and effort are not in vain. Keep up the good work, we’re not done yet!

    2A Day a SUCCESS!

    Big shout out to all of you who took time to join us in the capitol for Second Amendment Day 2017! We had a great turnout of at least 120 people (note: these are all voting age Iowans -not minors- who are unpaid and took time off work to join us). We booked a large private room in the capitol so that we could have a number of speakers join us, unfortunately the room was too small to hold everyone, we had more than 30 people lined up outside the door trying to get in.​
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    We’re extremely pleased (and proud) to report that everything went smoothly. We had a great crowd. Everyone in attendance did an outstanding job of representing IFC and gun owners everywhere. And we got to see the House vote on a historic pro-gun owner bill.We’re already planning on doing this again next year so please make plans to join us for Second Amendment Day 2018!

    Forums

    Don’t forget, your legislators hold town hall meetings and forums regularly. Right now they’re getting bombarded by anti-gunners. It’s critical that these lawmakers hear from Iowans like you. We need to make sure we’re balancing out the gun control arguments and making it abundantly clear that a majority of Iowans like you want their right to keep and bear arms protected and enhanced. State legislator forum schedule

    While you’ve got your calendar out, Senator Joni Ernst is holding a pair of town meetings in Cedar Rapids and in Des Moines this Friday. If you can, please get to her meeting and speak up about the Second Amendment! Senator Joni Ernst forums

    More updates to come,
    Thanks for supporting the
    Iowa Firearms Coalition