• The Session is Underway

    The legislative session is underway.  I wish the continual work we accomplish together with so many could be adequately conveyed out to you all.  I sometimes marvel at the volume of work we burn through year after year.  As Iowans, you enjoy the nation’s best Shall Issue system, Mourning Dove Hunting, the NICS Improvement Act, the Hearing Protection Act, Firearm Preemption, Stand Your Ground, Emergency Powers, Supervised Youth Instruction, among countless others.  These are but a handful of highlights over the last 10 years.

    However, the pathology of the liberty-hating progressives employs no boundaries.  The mile-long list of bills that have been defeated over the last decade in this state would make a billy goat puke.  Yes, I inject humor when I can.  I have to.  If I didn’t, I’d droop my head and weep.  The plans our would-be oppressors have for us can scarcely be imagined by those with the full complement of reason.  Those who believe you guilty first, and possibly innocent later, will be back with “Red Flag Laws” or “ERPOs” (extreme risk protective orders).  Your abuse within a system that removes rights without due process is their goal.  They’ll make it sound “reasonable” but it won’t be.  I spoke with a young mother about these orders a few weeks ago.  “What good will another piece of paper do me?  It sure won’t stop my ex from violating the no-contact order I already have!” was her response.  Even as a victim, she was honest and clear about the silliness of an ERPO, as it offers no real protection over the orders already in the justice system.  In order to satisfy the elitist progs, maybe we could just lock up people we don’t like?  I thought I read we weren’t supposed to do that somewhere.  It was 5th on some list I stumbled across the other day.

    Cultural problems aren’t solved with meritless paper my friends.  The progs love to tell you the problem will be cured with more words on more pieces of paper.  You and I live in the real world however.  We will always pay the price for their crazed view of reality.

    Additionally, too many tend to lean back in their chairs and utter things like, “That’ll never happen here…”  Ask your fellow countrymen in Virginia how that posture will work for them should they embrace it?  They need our help and our attention.  If you enjoy your Second Amendment virtues and you strive to protect the lives of innocent people at every turn, you are duty bound to be engaged in this battle.  When Bloomberg funds our opponents to the tune of nearly a quarter Billion dollars, how are we to combat this?

    Our defense depends on your energy for this fight.  We must be members unified in an effort to stop this aggression.  We must be committed to the ideals in which this country was founded.  This disease has toppled the coasts, and is infecting our friends and family in Virginia as we speak.  Do you believe we’ll continually be spared here in Iowa?

    As the two tallest guys in the Capitol building today, Richard Rogers (IFC Board Member and Lobbyist) and Scott Jones (NRA-ILA Iowa State Director and Lobbyist) are representing Iowans well, but two kind and decent gentlemen don’t put us over the top – all of us together do.  Become part of something your children will not only appreciate, but thank you for.

    Don’t forget the big 2nd Amendment Day the Iowa Capitol this year.  We need you there.  The date will be announced very soon.  Watch your email for updates as the session moves forward.  We have bills we’re working through currently, and more on the way.  Help us help you.  

    Thank you all,

    Michael Ware – IFC Board Chairman

  • 2A Day at the Iowa Capitol! February 27th! BE THERE!

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition has organized a rally at the Iowa State Capitol Building.

    We will meet in room 15 from 10am – 11am and discuss current legislative efforts and hear from representatives pushing for increased 2A freedoms in Iowa & protecting rights for future generations.
    We will then lobby our individual representatives & IFC will be there to assist you.  Now is the time for all freedom loving Iowans to stand together for our Second Amendment rights. What is currently happening in the state of Virginia must never be allowed to come to Iowa. Virginians are seeing the catastrophic consequences for 2A liberties when conservative majorities are lost and those who oppose freedom gain control of government. We are one election away from this same fate, believe it. Please stand with Iowa Firearms Coalition to preserve our precious rights and liberties.”
  • Machine Gun Shoot – July 27 & 28th!

    Mark your calendars! More info to come. Email info@iowafc.org with any questions.

  • Cookies, Postcards, & a Gun Free Society

    Des Moines has been ripe with anti-gun sentiment lately after the City Council has floated the ideas of implementing gun-control that is clearly reckless and a violation of Iowa Code 724.28. Today, the Des Moines Police Department followed up with what was nothing short of a clear political endorsement for a highly partisan and extreme political organization that seeks to dissolve the right to keep and bear arms in every state. This organization is extremely well funded and the recipient of a large logo endorsement, seen here:

    This kind of screaming endorsement from those public officials on taxpayer time was only missing a membership link. The clear inclusion of a logo and an appreciative message is all but certainly from a Des Moines Police employee who is either affiliated with the organization or completely ok with using taxpayer time to push his or her own political agenda.

    “Stand up for a gun-free society”

    The organization of kind moms who like to make postcards has scored some political victories. One of the most celebrated MDA wins was in Georgia, with Rep. Lucy McBath who won a swing district in Georgia as a MDA candidate who campaigned on “common-sense” gun control topics like background checks. After winning a hard-fought election, and in the company of fellow Moms Demand activists, she was a little more comfortable revealing the real agenda this month:

    What was that vision? A gun free society. An organization this strong has no intention of stopping at background checks. They will always manipulate data, sell fear, and work to push their extreme agenda. 

    The candidate above also made waves this week taunting a constituent who was concerned about SB107, legislation that penalizes lawful gun owners with a fine.

    “I’m not taking your gun away from you,” the lawmaker told her constituent on June 11. “You just can’t buy any new ones.”

    “Unless I pay a fine for each firearm and register them, then I get to keep them,” the questioner replied. “So, if I get to keep it if I pay a fine and register it, then how dangerous is it in the first place and why do I need to pay it at all? Why do you need to try and ban my semi-automatic weapon?”

    “Well, you just maybe changed my mind,” Ms. Morrison said. “Maybe we won’t have a fine at all. Maybe it’ll just be confiscation and we won’t have to worry about paying the fine.”

    This organization is not an acceptable partner for offices of places like the Des Moines Police Department. The Des Moines Police Chief’s office can be reached at (515)-283-4800 with concerns over department messaging and political endorsements.

  • IFC Chairman Michael Ware Discusses Des Moines City Council Gun Control With Simon Conway

  • HF716 Advanced in Iowa House

    The debate over HF716 (Deer Hunting Improvement) boiled down to whether or not Iowans can be trusted to take their kids’ hunting and who trusts the people of Iowa.

    “I don’t have that same degree of trust of all the parents in Iowa,” said Rep. Staed. “Read the paper. All parents that are 21 years old are not responsible.”

    Rep. Staed hasn’t met a gun restriction that he doesn’t like, but we were pretty proud of the response delivered here by Rep. Matt Windschitl.

     

    The measure passed 57-40 in the Iowa House and is ready for the Senate.

  • Legislative Update! Family Defense Act Needs Your Help!

    A week ago today, both the Iowa House and Senate advanced SJR18, an amendment to our state Constitution affirming and recognizing the right of Iowans’ to keep and bear arms as a fundamental individual right. The Iowa Senate advanced the resolution 33-16, and shortly after, the Iowa House of Representatives voted 53-46 to concur. This is excellent news and a necessary step to add protections of our natural right to self-defense to the Iowa Constitution!

    Today, we will see HF716 debated in the Iowa House to benefit hunters in Iowa. HF716 will modernize and clarify which cartridges are legal in Iowa for hunting deer with handguns and rifles. HF716 will also require DNR to define firearms using the federal definitions and stop their tinkering with AR pistols and gas guns. The bill also allows eliminates the prohibition on handgun hunting by those under the age of 17, thus allowing a person 20 years of age or less to hunt using a pistol or revolver if the person is under the direct supervision of a person who is at least 21 years of age who possesses a valid hunting license.

    What about the Family Defense Act? 

    Iowans shouldn’t be felons for picking up their kid from school while carrying.
    Iowans shouldn’t be barred from securing a weapon inside a vehicle while at work.
    Iowan’s shouldn’t be restricted from carrying when paying taxes at the courthouse. 

    The Family Defense Act lifts the felony charges and ridiculous restrictions on these phony “gun-free zones” and allows Iowans who choose to defend themselves with a concealed weapon to exercise their fundamental right to do so. We don’t see what useful purpose these restrictions have ever served, but we do know that many Iowans will be better off with them removed. This significant legislation has cleared the necessary committee hearings and legislative funnels thus far, but it needs a date on the House floor to advance, and that is where we need YOU!

    It’s simple. Our Representatives need to hear from us. All of us.
    The best way? Go to a legislative forum and look them in the eye and ask if you can count on their support of the Family Defense Act!
    Second best? Call them. Look up your legislator and give them a ring. Ask them if you can count on them to support the Family Defense Act!
    The easiest and what we are asking every one of you? Use our advocacy campaign to email them and ask for their support of the Family Defense Act! 

    It’s up to us to gain the momentum that the Family Defense Act needs to move forward!

    If we don’t get every pro-gun, pro-liberty, pro-freedom Iowan to send a simple message, this common-sense bill may never get a vote, and we will see good people restricted by arbitrary boundaries of gun-free zones and possibly faced with felony charges.


    Q: My legislator is solid pro-gun, and I’m not worried about their vote. Should I still send an advocacy message?
    A: Yes! The legislators still need to hear from people to know that this change is essential to Iowans! If they understand it is important to Iowans, they may also be able to help persuade others and bring it forward.

    Q: My legislator is one of those “gun sense” types that are eager to pass gun control. Should I still send an advocacy message?
    A: Yes! Even the not-so-freedom loving legislators need to know what matters to their constituents and you still need to put them on the record.

    Q: We’ve had good gun bills pass for years, and this bill should move forward. Do you really need me to send a message to my legislator?
    A: No! We don’t only need just you to do it. We need you to forward this email and link to our advocacy campaign to your gun-owning friends and Iowans who need these sensible changes. Please do this today.  We can’t take anything for granted and absolutely must make our voices heard now to get the Family Defense Act passed for Iowans! 

     

  • HF716 Debate Scheduled- March 20th

    HF716 is scheduled for debate in the Iowa House! 
    The debate is set for Wednesday – March 20th

    HF716:
     Expands deer hunting opportunities by allowing hunters to use commonly-owned firearms chambered in modern calibers, not just straight-walled cartridges.
     Protects deer hunting with handguns and requires the DNR to apply the federal definition of a pistol. 
     Allows a person 20 years of age or less to hunt using a pistol or revolver if the person is under the direct supervision of a person who is at least 21 years of age with a valid hunting license, and has consent from a parent, guardian, or spouse who is at least 21 years of age.

    Read more on HF716

    Watch Live:

  • SJR18 RKBA Amendment Passes Iowa House & Senate

    “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The sovereign state of Iowa affirms and recognizes this right to be a fundamental individual right. Any and all restrictions of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny”

    What an amazing Second Amendment Day! Thanks to those who came out and watched the RKBA Constitutional amendment pass in BOTH chambers today!

    The amendment passed on a party-line vote with the exception of State Senator Rich Taylor (D) who joined with us to support the right of Iowans to keep and bear arms.

    Thanks to those legislators who delivered strong remarks in support of the freedom of Iowans today. Thanks to Senator Brad Zaun and Rep. Matt Windschitl for managing these bills and to Sen. Taylor for putting principle over party.

    One thing was made abundantly and painfully clear today. The people who voted against this amendment are terrified because they view the Freedom Amendment as a barrier to the ridiculous gun control measures that they desperately want to pass.

    Highlights from the debate can be seen below!

  • Action Alert – Firearm Bills Active in IA!

    Iowans, we need your help. Right now the Family Defense Act has made it out of committee and is waiting for a vote among the entire House and Senate. If passed Moms and Dads, like you, would no longer have to risk being turned into a felon for lawfully carrying while picking up or dropping off your children at school. If we can get the Family Defense Act signed into law employers will no longer be allowed to ban their employees from keeping firearms in their vehicle. Your county courthouse is the people’s property, and the peoples right to carry in their building must be restored. This bill, which would improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of permit-holding Iowans, cannot fall victim to passive legislators due to inaction. The legislative funnel has passed and the time for the Iowa Legislature to bring IFC priority legislation forward is NOW! 

    Right now, that gun-free zone sign outside your kid’s school is worthless. It’s worse than worthless, it’s endangering your kids. That sign currently makes a felon out of any Permit to Carry holding Iowan who chooses to carry the tools to protect their most valuable assets – our kids. Criminals and drugged out crazies aren’t deterred by those signs, but you know who is? Us. The reasonable, honest Iowans, who want to go about our business without breaking the law peacefully.

    This change is long overdue, but it won’t happen without you making your voice heard.

     Click Here to Message Your Legislators!

    The current law is absurd. We know it. You know. What we need your help with is, getting this message to those who have the power to change that law — Iowa legislators. Particularly able to drive home this legislation are those who proclaim their support for Second Amendment virtues. Please use the link to contact your legislator about IFC priority legislation! And if you can, send a separate note to House leadership. To make it easy for you, we’ve attached some sample text below. Feel free to copy and paste, or draft your message. Just make sure it’s brief, respectful and to the point.

    IFC Priority Legislation 

    Family Defense Act (HF-636)
    The Family Defense Act lifts the burden on permit holders created on school grounds, employers parking lots, and at the local county courthouse. IFC is fighting to remove the arbitrary restrictions that needlessly restrict permit holders, and that could currently make you a felon!

    Freedom Amendment (HJR-13)
    The Freedom Amendment recognizes the right to keep and bear arms in Iowa as an individual and fundamental right! Iowa is currently one of six states without this type of protection in the state Constitution. This amendment will be taken to the statewide ballot in 2022 to ensure our liberty is protected for generations!

    DNR Reforms (HF-179)
    IFC is heavily engaged with the Iowa DNR to ensure an inclusive and accommodating hunting environment is maintained in Iowa. This legislation will accomplish that mission by protecting commonly owned weapons for hunters of all ages,  preserving pistol seasons, and modernize cartridge options for deer hunting in Iowa.


    Second Amendment Day – Wednesday!

    • March 13th
    • 11:30 AM
    • Meet at the Auditorium in the Wallace Building — 502 E 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319— off the NW Corner of the Capitol)
    • We’ll meet with supporters at the Wallace Building before making our way to the capitol to meet with Iowa lawmakers
    • Strong possibility to see Freedom Amendment passed on in the Iowa House!
    • Learn citizen advocacy techniques and meet your legislator!

    Come out and show your support for this legislation and join our fight in the Iowa Capitol!