• First Legislative Funnel Cleared

    The first funnel is clear and here is an update to where we are at for the session.

    – HJR 13 RKBA Ammendment has cleared the Judiciary Committee of both chambers. This bill remains our TOP priority because it is the foundation of your freedom. HJR 13 and the Senate companion bill remain viable and will continue to advance.

    – Courthouse carry has cleared the House Judiciary Committee and is a direct response to the overreaching action of Chief Justice Cady. This is a check on judicial power that would define where Justice Cady’s order would apply and chip away at the restriction put in place last summer. This bill is waiting on the full House.

    – School parking lot carry, this is the bill that would allow a parent to remain armed when dropping off or picking up their child at school. This bill has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and is ready to advance.

    -Permitless Carry, otherwise known as Constitutional Carry has been removed from the Senate agenda without comment. Permitless Carry remains a goal for IFC, but it was dropped under a cloud of tragedy from current events and with the understanding that its future had a very steep path to overcome.

    – May issue permits, Bump stock bans, semi-auto bans, carry restrictions, private transfer bans, and every other ridiculous gun control proposal made by over twenty members of our legislature have been officially defeated.

    Now is the time to make our voice heard and push these bills to the finish line.

    Stay tuned for the next push to get these bills heard.

  • Did you know that you already have enough rights?

    This is the answer provided to IFC President Kurt Liske when he attended the Scott County Legislative Forum on February 10th. We have been encouraging our members to get out to the forums and ask about gun rights. Here is an example of how to ask a well thought out question to your legislators about recognizing your right to keep and bear arms in the Iowa Constitution.

  • IFC Responds to Gun Control Leader’s Video On School Ground Carry

    Iowa Senate Candidate and Former Moms Demand Action leader Amber Gufstason recently made news with her video in front of her kids school criticizing SF-2086, the bill that would recognize the right of Iowans to pick up their kid from school with a weapon in the vehicle and not commit a felony. Watch this video, where we break down her arguments and offer some of our own. Please share this with our friends in Ankeny!

     

  • “MAY” Issue Weapons Permit Bill Introduced in Iowa House!

     

    HF-2145 was introduced by Art Staed, Timi Brown-Powers, and Mary Mascher to setback Iowa to “May” Issue weapons permits. The struggle to recognize weapons permits rights for Iowans was the first victory for the people at Iowa Firearms Coalition eight years ago. It was a bi-partisan victory that recognized the fundamental rights of hundreds of thousands of Iowans. Now, three out of touch members of the Iowa House are trying to go backward and leave the gun rights of Iowans up to the patch-work unequal standards of 99 different County Sheriffs. HF2145 gives discretion back to the Sheriffs, removes the requirement to reinstate a suspended permit to carry if the holder is cleared of charges, allows revocation pretty much at the Sheriffs’ whim and removes the awarding of court costs and attorney fees to the prevailing party in an appeal of a permit action. This bill is bad for Iowa and bad for gun owners.

    Will this bill see the floor? No, it will be dead on arrival. Gun rights are a winning issue in Iowa, and we are only moving forward this session.  However, this bill is a reminder why elections matter, why Janet Peterson and Mark Smith can’t be allowed to lead the legislature, and why we can’t let our guard down.

    This is why every vote counts. This is why we need to support IFC PAC and keep these ridiculous bills dead on arrival.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition is the ONLY firearms organization registered against this bill.

  • School Carry Bill Clears Senate Subcommittee 3-0!

    SF-2086, The school carry bill that would finally recognize your rights to drop off your child at school while still exercising your fundamental rights is advancing to the full Senate Judiciary Committee.  A Senate Subcommittee consisting of Sen. Schultz of Schleswig, IA, Sen. Edler of State Center, and Sen. Kinney of Oxford, IA ALL voted YES to advance the bill that was initially proposed by Sen. Chelgren of Ottumwa.

    It is always good to see gun rights being recognized with bi-partisan support!

     

     

     

     

     

    Sen. Schulz                                          Sen. Kinney                                        Sen. Edler

     

  • HJR 13 RKBA Amendment Passes House Subcommittee

     

    House Joint Resolution 13 Iowa RKBA Amendment PASSED the House Subcommittee 2-1 on January 25th.

    Rep. Windschitl and Rep. Rizer voted yes, Rep. Bennett voted no.

    Next step will be the full House Judiciary Committee. We will keep you posted on dates.

     

  • Bump Stock Ban Introduced in Iowa House

    HF 2075 was introduced into the Iowa House by Rep. Anderson of Polk, Rep. Staed of Linn, Rep. Stockman of Cerro Gordo, Rep. Lensing of Johnson, Re. Meyer of Polk, Rep. Kurth of Scott, Rep. Thede, Rep. H Miller of Webster, Rep. Hunter of Polk, and Rep. Mascher of Johnson.

    This bill would make the possession of a bump stock a Class “D” Felony and punishable for up to 5 years in prison and up to a $7500 fine.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition opposes regulations on bump stocks and any other form of gun control. Iowa Firearms Coalition is the only firearm organization registered against this bill.

    Please keep emails appropriate and remember that you are an advocate of our cause. 

    The Representatives sponsoring this bill can be reached at:

    Rep. Anderson: marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Staed: art.staed@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Steckman: sharon.steckman@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Lensing: vicki.lensing@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Meyer: helen.miller@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Kurth: Monica.Kurth@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Thede phyllis.thede@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. H Miller: Phil.Miller@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Hunter: bruce.hunter@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Mascher: mary.mascher@legis.iowa.gov

  • Sen. Chelgren Introduces Bill to Recognize Second Amendment Rights On School Grounds

    Fixing the Iowa Constitution isn’t all we’ve been working on in 2018. IFC believes the right to keep and bear arms doesn’t end on school grounds. An armed permit holder should be allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights when they pick up their child from school or have a valid reason to be there.

    SF 2086 was introduced today by 2A advocate Mark Chelgren that would add common sense language to Iowa law that will finally recognize this fundamental right. He has also introduced a bill to address judicial overreaching and is up for re-election this year.

    We expect more to come on this topic from the Iowa House. IFC will continue pushing hard to make Iowa law recognize this basic right.

    Only ABATE and IFC are registered FOR this bill.

    Similar bills have been seen in other states:

    https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/23/maine-bill-would-allow-guns-to-be-carried-in-cars-on-school-grounds/

    http://sunshinestatenews.com/story/house-committee-advances-school-carry-church-carry-bills

    https://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2014/03/26/pence-signs-bill-allow-guns-school-parking-lots/6929307/

  • HJR 13 Iowa RKBA Amendment House Subcommittee Hearing Scheduled!

    HJR 13 RKBA Amendment has a House Subcommittee date: 12 PM Thursday, Jan. 25. Room 102, Supreme Ct. Consultation Room.

    Come out and support the biggest accomplishment of gun rights in Iowa yet!

    The subcommittee consists of Rep. Windschitl, Rep. Rizer, and Rep. Bennett.

     

  • Statement on Woodbury County’s Courthouse Carry Appeal

     

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) applauds the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors’ vote to seek relief from the overreaching order from Supreme Court Chief Justice Cady that prohibits weapons in state courthouses. A request to the courts will benefit the people of Woodbury County and will bring the county government into compliance with state law.

    IFC lead the charge in 2017 to give private citizens the right sue local governments that violate Iowa’s firearms preemption law, section 724.28 of Iowa’s legal code. The Chief Justice Cady and the Iowa Supreme Court’s recent edict placed county managed courthouses statewide in violation of this code and in the process made these county governments subject to lawsuit by private citizens.

    724.28 Prohibition of regulation by political subdivisions. A political subdivision of the state shall not enact an ordinance regulating the ownership, possession, legal transfer, lawful transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms when the ownership, possession, transfer, or transportation is otherwise lawful under the laws of this state. An ordinance regulating firearms in violation of this section existing on or after April 5, 1990, is void.

    IFC commends the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors for acting in the best interest of their constituents and recognizing their rights under Iowa law and the United States Bill of Rights. The process required of Woodbury County and others is an unnecessary burden for local governments seeking to correct the wrongful mandate set by Chief Justice Cady. Now that the 2018 legislative session is underway the Iowa Firearms Coalition will be aggressively pursuing legislative means to remind the Iowa Supreme Court and Chief Justice Mark Cady that they have zero constitutional authority to enact a firearms ban in non-court areas.

    For full context regarding IFC’s stance on the Iowa Supreme Court’s judicial overreach please visit:
    http://iowafc.org/blog/2017/12/21/iowa-supreme-court-admits-to-unconstitutional-behavior-commits-to-continued-judicial-overreach/


    The Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) is a grassroots Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Permit to Carry process in 2010, legalizing suppressors in 2016 and passing the largest pro-Second Amendment bill in Iowa history in 2017. IFC’s members work to protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of all Iowans. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. 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.