• Anti-Gun Leader Makes Delusional Claim

    Does this look like the face of the middle ground in the gun debate?

     

    Former Moms Demand Action Chapter Leader and face of gun control in the state of Iowa, Amber Gustafson is running for elected office in 2018. She is attempting to take her anti-gun, anti-freedom platform straight to the Capitol as she challenges Jack Whitver in Iowa Senate District 19, which includes the Ankeny area.

    The opposition to the Second Amendment in Iowa has never gained any traction or had an impressive presence. However, whenever a group of a dozen or so moms tried to rally in opposition to guns, Amber was there. She also used the following words to describe her approach to dealing with gun owners:

    “Mothers are used to getting toddlers and teenagers to do things they don’t want to do,” she said

    She also said: “We don’t take ‘no’ for an answer, but we will bring cookies,” as she explained her plan to have Iowans trade freedom for cookies. We think Amber Gustafson can keep her cookies and her lies. This is why we are calling her out this week for her outrageous tweet. Don’t let our friends in the Ankeny area be fooled by her delusional claims of being a moderate on gun rights. With the Second Amendment being a winning issue in Iowa, it is no wonder she is trying to distance her campaign from her radical anti-gun agenda.

    Do you want Amber to be the face of the Iowa Senate? If not, please consider supporting IFC PAC as we do our best to keep her out of the Capitol. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 2018 Second Amendment Day Announced

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition would like to invite all pro-gun, freedom-minded Iowans to the Capitol for our annual Second Amendment Day. Come out, meet IFC’s lobbyists and leaders, meet your fellow Second Amendment advocates, but most importantly meet your legislators and make your voice heard in the absolute best way possible, face-to-face. In the last few years, we have been fortunate enough to watch the house debate and pass our gun bills. We can’t promise anything yet, but this day is the best way to present the unified voice of those who support gun rights in Iowa.

     

  • Iowa State Senator Bolkcom Proposes Gun Control

    Notoriously anti-gun Senator Joe Bolkcom proposed SF2025 this week, a measure that seeks to make it a criminal offense to possess a dangerous weapon on any property that displays a “No Weapons” sign. Under current law,“No Firearm” signs in Iowa have no force of law unless they are posted on property that is specifically mentioned in State Law as being off limits to those with a Permit/License to Carry. If you are in a place not explicitly mentioned in the law that is posted and they ask you to leave,  you must leave. Anti-gunners are trying to promote signs banning weapons as well as complicate the carrying of weapons and make criminals out of well-intended people who carry.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition will work to defeat this bill and is currently the only organization registered against this bill.

    Senator Joe Bolkcom: joe.bolkcom@legis.state.ia.us

  • 2018 Legislative Session Is Underway

    The 2018 Legislative session has been gaveled in and I want to get everyone on the same page as far as where we’re at, where we’re going this session and where we’ve come from. First off, the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) and the state of our organization. I’m confident saying that IFC is the strongest we’ve ever been. IFC’s leadership team has grown, and our capabilities have improved as a result. Our primary focus has always been legislative work, and that will remain, but expect to see growth in other areas as well the year goes on.

    As we rack up more and more victories, IFC grows stronger. As we claw back chunks of our individual liberties, we get stronger. Whenever and wherever Iowans exercise their right to keep and bear arms and pass their love of freedom on from one generation to the next, we get stronger. Our strength comes from you, engaged Iowans willing to step up and make your voice heard in Des Moines and your community.

    IFC’s ability to harness your love of freedom is only possible because of our supporting members. More than 3 million Iowans are more free today than they were ten years ago because Iowans like you said it’s time we started putting our money where our mouth is and start supporting those fighting for us in the state capitol. That was the genesis of the Iowa Firearms Coalition and as that happened around the positive state things began to follow suit. Shall Issue. Legalized suppressors. ATV Carry. Stand Your Ground. Short Barrel Rifles. Youth Shooting. Permit Privacy. All these victories and more are directly related to the growing number of IFC members.

    In 2017 IFC made history with the passage of House File 517, a bill was effectively 20 pro-Second Amendment laws rolled into one massive victory. But that was then, and this is now. In a few days we begin our most ambitious endeavor yet: amending the Iowa’s state constitution.

    2018 (and beyond)
    After passing the most significant gun bill in the state history, plenty of people are now asking “How do you follow that up?” “What else could you possibly want?” “What now?!?” The answer is simple; there’s no shortage of work left to be done. For starters, the Iowa Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice Mark Cady, seems to think it’s OK for them to flaunt constitutional law and state law by enacting weapons bans in areas where they have zero jurisdiction. This is an issue that’s much bigger than whether or not you can carry in this place or that; it’s about the Iowa Supreme Court, their established pattern of judicial overreach and justices like Mark Cady thinking they have a right to dictate new laws rather than merely interpret the law. This constitution defying behavior affects all Iowans, but if we gun owners won’t stand fast in the face of this gross judicial overreach can we honestly expect anyone else to?

    Putting the Iowa Supreme Court in its place is a priority. Getting the state to acknowledge the fact that Iowans’ rights don’t start and stop based on their location is another priority. When we passed Shall Issue in 2010, there were 39,000 Permit to Carry holders in Iowa.. Since then we’ve seen a sevenfold increase Iowa permit holders. There are now more than 275,000 permit holders in our state going about their lives in peace every single day. There’s no reason law abiding citizens like you should instantly be turned into felons because you decided to exercise your rights in the county courthouse or at the state fairgrounds or while picking your kids up from school.

    Finally, and most critically, we have to plug the massive hole in our state constitution. Iowa is one of only six states in the country whose state constitution has no Right to Keep and Bear Arms claus. Put another way; there’s no ‘Second Amendment’ in our Iowa Constitution. This is a problem. A major problem that needs fixing as soon as possible. Without a Right to Keep and Bear Arms provision in our state constitution everything we’ve accomplished — Stand Your Ground, suppressors, SBRs, Shall Issue, etc. — could be wiped out by a runaway legislature or overzealous set of judges on our state supreme court who thinks they have the right to dictate their version of state gun law — sound familiar??? All it would take is either of these entities declaring that all previous gun laws in Iowa are void and suddenly hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Iowans become criminals. When challenged all they have to do is merely ask “Where in the state constitution does it say Iowans have any right to keep bear arms?” The sad part is, they’d be right. This God-given, natural right doesn’t exist according to state law. This must be changed.

    Yes, this scenario would be a violation of the federal Second Amendment and yes we could attempt to get this overturned by United States Supreme Court. But that process is long and fraught with legal hearings, appeals and delays and takes many years to fix. Meanwhile, law-abiding Iowans could be left to live with the unconstitutional mess created by these freedom loathing anti-gunners. So we have two choices: continue rolling the dice with our rights -OR- we bear down, amend our state constitution, enshrine our right to keep and bear arms in Iowa and in the process stop this nonsense from ever starting.

    It’s also worth noting that a Delaware gun ban in state parks was recently overturned because it violated the right to keep and bear arms provision in the state’s constitution.

    These should be reason enough to amend the state constitution, but if you need more convincing, look at the lousy company we’re in. There are only five other states without a RKBA clause in their state constitution — New York. New Jersey. California. Maryland. And Minnesota. None of these states recognize their citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. I don’t know about you, but by and large, these are not the states I like being associated with.

    How do we get there?
    Make no mistake, amending the state constitution is not an easy task. In fact, it’s the most difficult task we can take on. It isn’t a matter of just introducing a bill and getting it passed by the legislature. If everything goes smoothly the absolute soonest we can get this done is 2020. The required path to a constitutional amendment looks like this:
    2018 (Iowa’s 87th General Assembly) – Get the legislature to pass a bill with the RKBA language we want to be added to the state constitution.
    November 6th, 2018 – Elect another pro-Second Amendment majority in the Iowa House of Representatives, Senate and maintain a pro-Second Amendment governor.
    2019/2020 (Iowa’s 88th General Assembly) – Pass the same bill from 2018 during the legislature’s 88th General Assembly
    November 3rd, 2020 – Statewide vote of the people on whether or not to add the approved Right to Keep and Bear Arms language to the Iowa Constitution. Needs a simple majority to pass. Read more →

  • Iowa Supreme Court Admits Unconstitutional Behavior & Commits to Continued Judicial Overreach

    There’s cause for alarm on the bench of the Iowa Supreme Court. Chief Justice Mark Cady and his fellow justices have doubled down on their baseless ban on the lawful carry of firearms in courthouses statewide. The complete disregard of separation of powers by a rogue justice should be cause for concern for all Iowans, whether you feel strongly about your Second Amendment freedoms or not.

    For context let’s review the chain of events that led to our current situation:

    January through April 2017
    The Iowa Firearms Coalitions lead the grassroots effort to pass House File 517 the largest pro-Second Amendment bill in Iowa history. HF517 includes preemption enhancements allowing citizens to sue local governments who violate section 724.28 of Iowa’s weapons law. The preemption portion of HF517 proposes that if a political subdivision — county, city, township, etc., — wrongly preempts state firearm law by passing local weapons bans citizens can sue the political subdivision in question for violating 724.28 and have the weapons ban removed.

    March 14, 2017
    David Boyd, Molly Kottmeyer, and Sydney Kronkrow, all state paid lobbyists working on behalf of the Iowa Supreme Court register against HF517 and begin working to try to stop its passage.

    April 13, 2017
    Governor Terry Branstad signs House File 517 into law. Included in the bill is the update to 724.28 Iowa’s weapons preemption law. This is a major victory for Iowans as citizens now have the ability to effectively challenge and override anti-Second Amendment local governments. Lobbyists for the Iowa Supreme Court have failed their attempt to stop HF517 from being enacted.

    June 19, 2017 – 11 days before HF517 takes effect
    Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court issues a memo (available here) declaring that every courthouse, including common areas and standard business areas, are now a gun free zones. This is a critical sticking point as this overreaching memo includes the non-court related areas where Justice Cady and the Iowa Supreme Court have no jurisdiction.

    IFC’s initial statement on Mark Cady’s unconstitutional courthouse weapons ban, released less than 24 hours after it was announced.

    June 20, 2017
    The Iowa Firearms Coalition publicly calls out the Chief Justice Cady and the Iowa Supreme Court for overstepping the court’s constitutional authority. Their June 19th memo wrongly implied the Iowa Supreme Court could write law for areas of the courthouses they have no jurisdiction over, i.e.; all public, non-court related areas of a courthouse. The Iowa Firearms Coalition points out that if it’s not a courtroom, judge’s chamber or jury room the courts have no constitutional basis to dictate what happens there. These areas, such as the county auditor’s office, recorder’s office and so on, are controlled by the local government, not the courts and therefore fall under Iowa’s weapons preemption law.

    July 1, 2017
    HF517 takes effect in its entirety, yet courthouses across the state continue to unlawfully ban qualified, law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms in their facilities. They continue to do so under the misguidance of Chief Justice Cady and the Iowa Supreme Court.

    July through December 2017
    IFC lobbyists and legislative allies work on getting the Iowa Supreme Court to acknowledge they overstepped their constitutional authority and rescind and clarify their June 19th memo.

    December 19, 2017
    Chief Justice Cady issues another memo (available here) regarding courthouse security. Instead of rescinding the June 19th memo Cady doubles down by declaring the Iowa Supreme Court will continue with their unconstitutional courthouse weapons ban. The only exception will be if county supervisors from individual counties take the unlikely step of coming to the Iowa Supreme Court and requesting to have the weapons ban rescinded in public, non-court controlled areas of their specific courthouse.

    In summary:
    The Iowa Supreme Court does have jurisdiction over court areas such as courtrooms, judge’s chambers, jury deliberation areas and the like. However, the Iowa Supreme Court overstepped its authority on June 19th by declaring entire courthouses, including those non-court areas, as weapons-free zones. Something they have zero power to do. The Iowa Firearms Coalition has pointed this out, both publicly and privately. Yet when challenged Cady and his Supreme Court colleagues double down, issuing a new supervisory order saying effectively saying “We’re going to keep the baseless law we wrote (without any constitutional authority to do so). If you don’t like our edict, you may have your county supervisors come ask us to repeal it in your county only. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to (wrongfully) operate as if we have jurisdiction over non-court areas in courthouses throughout the rest of the state.”

    Why Should I Support Guns in a Courthouse?!?

    There’s no doubt that firearms can make some people uncomfortable especially in a court setting. But don’t let your feelings about firearms, whatever they are, keep you from seeing the more significant issue at play right now. The Iowa Supreme Court’s unconstitutional courthouse weapons ban is indicative of a much bigger problem in Iowa – a Supreme Court gone rogue.

    Realistically speaking there are two possible situations at play here. The best case scenario (and I use that phrase loosely) is that the Iowa Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice Mark Cady, hasn’t read or doesn’t understand the US Constitution and the separation of powers laid out within it. Judges. Do. Not. Write. Laws. It’s as simple as that. This shouldn’t be anything earth-shattering, in fact, it’s high school civics class material. Yet writing their own law is precisely what the Iowa Supreme Court has tried to do in regards to how business is conducted in areas where they have zero jurisdiction. That’s scenario number one.

    Scenario number two is more likely, though it is significantly more alarming than ignorance. The scenario being the Iowa Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice Mark Cady, has willfully chosen to ignore the Constitutional boundaries placed on their office to enact their  baseless edict. Then when a spotlight is shined on their unconstitutional activity, the Iowa Supreme Court doubles down by acknowledging their actions but refusing roll back their unconstitutional dictate. Instead, they put in place an onerous process that limits any possible change an extremely narrow scope. Effectively they’ve said “Yeah, we’ve done wrong and overstepped. But we’re going to keep doing wrong and if you want us to stop you can’t come directly to us. You have to have someone else ask us to stop. Now if you do that we’ll stop, but even then we’re going to continue doing wrong in every other community in the state.”

    Over the last several months, the Iowa Firearms Coalition and our allies have asked the Iowa Supreme Court to show us specifically where they derive the authority to dictate how business is conducted in non-court areas. This point of contention has been brought up numerous times and every single time the Iowa Supreme Court is left tongue-tied. No legal doctrine grants Mark Cady and or any of his fellow Iowa Supreme Court justices the legal ability to do what they’re doing.  The Iowa Supreme Court continues to run amok because the People of Iowa allow them to. Because the legal system is confusing. Because black robes are meant to intimidate. Because the judicial branch of government is one most normal people actively avoid. But if we don’t stand up to them, if we don’t remind these justices that judges don’t write laws, that legislating from the bench is inexcusable, that judicial overreach is not only unconstitutional it is intolerable these rogue justices of the Iowa Supreme Court will only be emboldened to go further at the next available opportunity.

    So What?

    What’s happening in the Iowa Supreme Court is wrong, and it is much bigger than whether or not you can carry a firearm when you go to the county courthouse to pay your taxes. This is indicative of a Supreme Court that believes it’s perfectly OK flaunting the fundamental rule of law laid out in the Constitution of the United States. Fortunately, though there’s another date on our timeline that’s fast approaching. One that the Iowa Supreme Court fears and actively wants to avoid.

    January 8, 2018
    The Iowa legislature reconvenes. There are numerous legislators who’ve taken note of Chief Justice Mark Cady and the Iowa Supreme Court’s cavalier behavior and wanton disregard for the Constitution. These legislators are eager to remind these rogue justices that it’s the Iowa legislature, not the Iowa Supreme Court that writes legal code in our state.

    This summer Sioux County Representative Skyler Wheeler put it nicely when he said: “If the Supreme Court wants to act like legislators they need to start getting paid like legislators.” The Iowa Firearms Coalition is not going to let this insult go unchecked. We’ve already begun to put wheels in motion to place much-needed boundaries on the Iowa Supreme Court and remind them of their place in our governmental system. Expect to see much more on this matter. Please join us and help us right this wrong.

     

  • Des Moines Register Continues to Attack Gun Rights…

    The voice of gun owners has yet again fallen on deaf ears at the Des Moines Register. The same people who have bashed every gun bill year after year have now taken aim at national carry reciprocity.

    The people:
    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/12/12/iowa-poll-most-believe-more-gun-control-wont-reduce-mass-shootings/932875001/

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    The DMR editorial board:
    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/12/11/guns-washington-republicans-open-fire-iowa-legislature-concealed-carry/940297001/

    The Des Moines Register has attacked every pro-gun bill in Iowa for the last five years and always adds a dire prediction of blood in the street. The editorial board and radical frequent posters are consistently pressing an extreme anti-gun agenda that doesn’t match what Iowans want. On the same day of the editorial board’s release, the Des Moines Register also released a new poll showing that Iowans still overwhelmingly reject gun control. The biased media, celebrities, late night hosts, and others are still waging a losing battle. Share this information with a fellow gun-owner and stay tuned to IFC for the upcoming fight for a constitutional right to keep and bear arms amendment.

  • What You Need to Know: DNR Conservation Officer Threatens to Take Suppressor From Deer Hunter

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is now aware of at least one instance where a DNR Conservation Officer has asserted authority to seize a suppressor if the possessor can’t prove legal possession by presenting a Form 4 with a tax stamp affixed. The individual was hunting with an approved caliber and suppressor attached when a conservation officer asked to inspect the weapon and see proof of ownership. Neither state nor federal law requires such presentation, and DNR officials now acknowledge that fact. Iowa Firearms Coalition representatives have addressed this incident with DNR officials and believe it was an instance of confusion in the field.

    We will continue to monitor the situation as Iowa’s firearms deer hunting season continues for the next two weeks. In the meantime, if you or someone you know plans to hunt deer with a suppressor we strongly recommend the following:

    • Those who possess a suppressor or SBR should keep a photo of Form 4 on your cell phone.
    • Make a photocopy of Form 4 and keep it in your gun case for the same purpose
    • Keep the original Form 4 in a safe location. Do not take it to the field.
    • Keep a non-confrontational attitude if questioned.

    If you are hunting and have a similar interaction with a DNR Conservation Officer, please make the Iowa Firearms Coalition aware of it. When state agents overstep, we can use our knowledge of the law and organizational resources to keep them in check. We also want to make sure you have the critical information you need if and when you’re confronted by an overzealous officer. This is yet another example of how IFC serves you and another reason to be an IFC member. If you’re a hunter or knows someone that hunts, please share this information. The last thing we want is for our members to find themselves in trouble.

    Have a safe hunt and thank you for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition!

     

  • National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Advances!

    H.R. 38 Passes the House Judiciary Committee

    H.R. 38 passed the House Judiciary Committee today with a vote of 19-11.

    House Proceedings can be seen here:

    The House chairman left some impressive remarks on the bill that can be viewed here:

    https://judiciary.house.gov/press-release/goodlatte-statement-markup-concealed-carry-reciprocity-act/

    Thanks to everyone who participated in our advocacy campaign to let our Iowa house members know that we expect them to pass concealed carry reciprocity. If you didn’t participate, you can still send an email here before the bill goes to house floor:

    https://www.votervoice.net/IFC/Campaigns/54110/Respond

     

  • Action Alert: National Carry Reciprocity Committee Hearing Ahead!

    House Judiciary Committee to Hear National Carry Reciprocity H.R.38!

    Email your elected officials and tell them to PASS H.R. 38 the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The current minefield of laws and patchwork policies makes accidental criminals out of normally law-abiding citizens. It is time for pro-gun rights Iowans to remind our elected representatives what we expect!

    It is time for our congress to PASS National Carry Reciprocity!

    Click Here to send an email to our representatives stating why they must PASS H.R. 38.

     

     

     

  • IFC Presents: Immediate Casualty Care training for all Iowans

     

     

    DECEMBER 16
    4-8 pm
    Cedar Valley Outfitters – Marion, Iowa
    SIGNUP

    DECEMBER 17
    Noon to 4 pm
    CrossRoads Shooting Sports – Johnston, Iowa
    SIGNUP

     

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) has organized two Immediate Casualty Care classes in Iowa. These courses will teach emergency response and patient management. Recent natural disasters and tragedies remind us of the need for individuals to be ready to respond and act in the event of an emergency. As such the IFC is leveraging its extensive network of industry professionals and first responders in order to further serve the people of Iowa.

    IFC’s Immediate Casualty Care course will teach participants skills that can save lives in the event of auto, farm, industrial accidents or other traumatic events. Students will receive Stop the Bleed training as well as Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) training that’s been developed specifically for U.S. military forces deployed around the world. From effective tourniquet use and how to stop life-threatening bleeding  and learning how to seal puncture wounds to the chest.

    “This is not your summer camp first aid class. These are skills you wish you’ll never need to use, but if they are needed you’ll thank God you have them,” said Kurt Liske, President of the Iowa Firearms Coalition.

    The four-hour Immediate Casualty Care course will be offered on December 16th at Cedar Valley Outfitters in Marion and December 17th at CrossRoads Shooting Sports in Johnston.

    The courses will be strictly related to emergency medical care and are open to all Iowans, regardless of whether or not they own or carry a firearm. Participants will walk away with the knowledge needed to save lives. “The Iowa Firearms Coalition is doing real work that benefits the people of Iowa. We are putting tangible, life-saving skills into our communities. There’s no doubt in my mind that what we’re doing will save the lives of Iowans in years to come,” said Liske.


    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.