• HSB133 Passes Committee Vote 13-7


    HSB133 Passes Committee Vote 13-7
    Next Stop: Full House of Representatives

    After a four-hour delay HSB133 survives the first funnel of 2017. The bill passed out of committee with an amendment. After concerns about civil immunity related to Stand Your Ground were raised Representative Matt Windchitl clarified that under this bill anyone who’s been deemed to have acted in a reasonable manner in a self-defense situation would be immune from a civil lawsuit under section 707.6 of the Iowa legal code.

    We’ll be sharing the exact text of the amendment passed this by the House Judiciary Committee as soon as it’s made available. You can see video of the House Judiciary Committee’s debate and vote on our IFC Facebook page.

    HSB133 is now eligible for debate and a vote before the full House of Representatives.

    What’s in HSB133?

    Voting AGAINST HSB133 (7):
    Mary Wolfe
    Liz Bennett
    Vicki Lensing
    Brian Meyer
    Jo Oldson
    Ras Smith
    Beth Wessel Kroeschell

    Voting FOR HSB133 (13):
    Chip Baltimore
    Jim Carlin
    Stan Gustafson
    Greg Heartsill
    Lee Hein
    Ashley Hinson
    Megan Jones
    Kevin Koester
    Andy McKean
    Zach Nunn
    Ross Paustian
    Ken Rizer
    Matt Windschitl

    DON’T FORGET!

    HSB133 is now eligible for debate and a vote before the full House of Representatives. There’s a distinct chance this bill could be brought to the floor of the House and voted on next Tuesday (3/7).

    Reminder: the Iowa Firearms Coalition is hosting Second Amendment Day 2017 next Tuesday (3/7).

    Join us for a brief program starting at 10AM in the state capitol, room 102. We’ll introduce you to some key legislators who are leading the fight to protect and enhance the Second Amendment here in Iowa. We’ll also be talking about HSB133 and other important pro-Second Amendment legislation and how you can help advance our cause. Plus, there’s a chance we might get to see HSB133 get voted on in the House of Representatives.

    Make plans to spend the day in the capitol next Tuesday fighting to protect your right to keep and bear arms!

     

    More updates to come

    Thank you for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition


  • House Judiciary VOTING TODAY on HSB133

    Iowa House of Representatives – Judiciary Committee
    HSB133 Vote Scheduled for 2 P.M. TODAY
    LIVE STREAM the debate and vote on the IFC Facebook page

    IFC will alert you to the final outcome of today’s vote shortly after the meeting has wrapped up.

    What’s in HSB133?

    More updates to come
    Thank you for supporting our work!


  • Legislation Update – Week 7 – Poll: MAJORITY of Iowans Support Stand Your Ground

    Week 7 Update
    Poll: Majority of Iowans Support Stand Your Ground
    The Des Moines Register just released their latest Iowa Poll about Stand Your Ground legislation. Here’s their findings:
    54% support Stand Your Ground
    36% oppose Stand Your Ground
    10% are unsure about Stand Your Ground
    The poll, conducted by the widely respected Selzer & Company, was taken between February 6th and 9th and has a 3.5% plus or minus margin of error.What does this mean?

    It means Iowans want Stand Your Ground and no matter how you slice it there’s no way to deny that there are more Iowans who want and support Stand Your Ground law than there are who oppose or are even unsure about this law. If this were a presidential election and a candidate won by an 18 point margin it’d be called an historic landslide victory.

    Of course, IFC members have been saying this for YEARS since we first introduced the first Stand Your Ground bill in Iowa back in 2012. This latest Iowa Poll just confirms everything we’ve been saying.

    Friends, do not let this poll go unnoticed. Spread it far and wide.

    What’s the latest on HSB133?

    Last week HSB133 passed a three person subcommittee in the Iowa House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee. It now awaits a vote in the full House Judiciary Committee. In order for HSB133 to remain viable it must pass out of the House Judiciary Committee by the end of the day this Friday, March 3rd (the first funnel date of the year).

    We have no reason to believe this will be a problem but as always, IFC will alert you whenever legislative action on HSB133 is scheduled.

    What are we up against?

    When HSB133 passed its subcommittee the Iowa Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association and ABATE of Iowa were the only organizations to speak out in favor of the bill. The opposition is rallying as many vocal opponents as possible to try to give the perception that Iowans don’t want HSB133 passed. If you look at who’s registering For or Against the bill you’ll soon discover that we’re pretty much all alone, which is why it’s so important that you stay engaged on this one. Here’s a break down of who’s registered as working for and against HSB133:

    Registered FOR HSB133 Registered AGAINST HSB133
    Iowa Firearms Coalition League of Women Voters of Iowa
    National Rifle Association Broadlawns Medical Center
    ABATE of Iowa Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
    Iowa Valley Community College
    Iowa State Bar Association
    American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa
    Iowa Association of Community College Trustees
    Iowa Central Community College
    Iowa Catholic Conference
    Indian Hills Community College
    Iowa Association of School Boards
    American Academy of Pediatrics – Iowa Chapter
    Board of Regents – State of Iowa
    Iowa Hospital Association
    Blank Childrens Hospital
    Iowa Annual Conference of United Methodist Churches
    Iowans for Gun Safety

    If you have a connection to any of the groups on this list please reach out to them and explain that you support HSB133 and they should too.

    Thin Blue Line Rifle Benefits Iowa COPS

    Last night Iowa COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) held their annual Black and Blue Ball fundraiser for the families of Iowa’s fallen police officers (this includes the family of IFC member and Des Moines Police Sergeant Tony Beminio). To show our support the Iowa Firearms Coalition leveraged some of our firearms industry contacts to build a truly remarkable and one-of-a-kind AR15. Our Thin Blue Line rifle featuring Trijicon optics, a SilencerCo suppressor and skeletonized F-1 Firearms receivers was the marquee raffle item at last night’s fundraiser. Statistics show that three-quarters of our nation’s law enforcement officers support Second Amendment rights much the same way we do. Iowa COPS volunteers are still tallying up the raffle sales from last night, but no matter how much this rifle raised we’re proud to continue to standby Iowa COPS.

    More updates to come
    Thank You for Continuing to Support the
    Iowa Firearms Coalition!

  • House Judiciary Members Report Flood Of Pro-HSB133 Emails

    Dear IFC Members,

    Reports have come to me this morning that following our message to you about the successful passage of HSB133 from the subcommittee yesterday, that representatives on the House Judiciary Committee have been flooded with hundreds of emails from you urging their support on our monumental and historic gun bill.

    First, thank you so much for your eager activism and support!  The truly amazing thing about this deluge of emails you sent, is that we merely listed the names and email addresses of the representatives on the committee in your message.  You all then took it completely upon yourselves to act and make your voices heard on your own, without IFC even needing to set up an Action Alert.  So again, thank you for being such loyal and supportive members!  That’s awesome!

    I have to respectfully request now though, that we dial back the volume.  When House leadership gives you a call at 7:30 AM the next day and asks if anything can be done to stop the flooding of legislators’ inboxes, that’s a sure sign your message has been heard loud and clear!

    I know those of us who believe in freedom, civil liberties, and the Second Amendment have been beaten up and denigrated for years.  I know that now that we have a legislature friendly to our cause, that it is our sincerest wish to throw our eager and passionate support behind them and let them know where we stand.  But that’s just it: These legislators are friendly to our cause, and we want to keep it that way.

    So as a personal request, from me to you, I respectfully ask that if you were going to send an email today or in the very near future to the members of the House Judiciary Committee, to voice your support and urge the passage of HSB133, that you hold off for the time being.  The legislators got the message, they’re on our side, now it’s time to let them get to work.  You have my word that if and when the time comes to apply real pressure, that you all will be the first to know.

    Thank you all again for being so proactive.  You’re the absolute best members an organization could possibly wish for!

    Defending your Second Amendment right in Iowa,
    Barry B. Snell
    Executive Director
    Iowa Firearms Coalition

  • HSB133 Advances Out of Iowa House Subcommitee


    HSB133 ADVANCES 2-1
    Next step: House Judiciary Committee

    House Study Bill 133 just advanced through its subcommittee hearing without amendment on a 2-1 vote with Representatives Matt Windschitl and Greg Heartsill voting Yea and Representative Mary Wolfe voting Nay.

    House Judiciary Subcommittee members for HSB133 Representatives Matt Windschitl, Greg Heartsill and Mary Wolfe

    HSB133 now heads to the House Judiciary Committee. The bill will have to pass out of the House Judiciary by March 3rd in order to avoid being killed by the first legislative funnel of the year. We’ve listed the email addresses of members of the House Judiciary Committee below. Please contact them and respectfully encourage them to advance HSB133 to a vote in the full House of Representatives.

    For those of you wondering how this process works we’ve created step-by-step guide explaining How a Bill Becomes a Law in Iowa. HSB113 has just completed step eight.

    Finally, don’t forget, we’ve got Second Amendment Day in the capitol coming up on March 7th. If all goes well HSB133 will be eligible for a vote in the House at that point and you can tell your elected officials face-to-face you want to see this bill signed into law.

    Join us on March 7th in the capitol!


  • Comprehensive Gun Bill Introduced

    Comprehensive Gun Bill Introduced

    The Iowa House of Representatives has just introduced a major pro-gun owner bill. House Study Bill 133 (HSB133) is a comprehensive gun bill that effectively re-writes a large portion of Iowa’s firearms and use of force laws. HSB133 is a major bill (more than 41 pages long) that benefits Iowa gun owners in numerous ways. We’ve listed a general overview below.

    Full text of House Study Bill 133. HSB133 covers numerous Second Amendment issues and greatly benefits gun owners in Iowa.

     

    This bill revises nearly every portion of Iowa’s weapons law, as well as other sections of the Code dealing with criminal penalties, the justifiable use of force and even regulation of vehicles. Such an extensive effort involves legitimately complex legal considerations. This Study Bill allows time for some final fine-tuning while still meeting legislative deadlines.

     

     

    HSB133 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and a subcommittee consisting of Representatives Matt Windschitl, Greg Heartsill and Mary Wolfe. We expect them to hold a subcommittee meeting this week, most likely Wednesday or Thursday. As always we’ll be updating you on any upcoming action.

    What’s in HSB133?

    • Legalizes SBRs and SBSs
      • These items would be treated like suppressors currently are (must meet federal NFA requirements)
    • Fixes current “Armed with Intent” language
      • Just because you’re armed doesn’t mean you have any intentions of harming anyone
      • Under current law if you charged with a crime while carrying prosecutors can add an additional “Going Armed with Intent” charge even if your alleged crime has nothing to do with the you being armed
    • Lifetime Permits
      • Uniform permits statewide (eliminating county by county permit variations)
    • Removes the current Permit to Acquire requirement
      • Brings Iowa in line with federal gun purchasing laws
      • No permit required, you just need to pass a NICS check
    • Repeals the current ban on supervised youth handgun shooting
      • Kids can shoot and learn proper gun safety under the supervision of a parent, or instructor
    • Permit Privacy
      • Prohibits the public release of any personal information of anyone who holds a Permit to Carry
    • Preemption Cleanup (724.28 re-write)
      • Prohibits any political subdivision (city, county, municipality, regents institution, etc) from creating gun free zones that violate state preemption law
      • Establishes “loser pays” so that if someone sues over the creation of a gun free zone the loser of that lawsuit must pay the winner’s court costs
    • Permit-less Carry
      • Removes the burden of obtaining a Permit to Carry in order for a citizen to exercise their right to keep and bear arms in Iowa.
    • Establishes Emergency Powers restrictions
      • Prohibits the confiscation firearms during a declared state of emergency (i.e. Hurricane Katrina gun confiscations)
    • Legalizes Stand Your Ground
      • Removes the “duty to retreat” from law-abiding citizens who find themselves in a self-defense situation
      • Establishes that as long as you have a reasonable basis for the belief that you are in danger you may defend yourself or those around
    • Increases penalties for Straw Purchasers
      • Anyone caught straw purchasing would be charged with a Class D felony
    • ATV Carry cleanup
      • Removes the requirement of a so-called “retention holster” while operating an ATV or snowmobile

     


  • Zaun Responds to Misleading Iowa Gun Owner Attack

    The image above was posted on the Iowa Gun Owners Facebook page on 2/19/17. This deliberately misleading information urged their members to contact Zaun under knowingly false pretenses.

    Deliberately Misleading

    Senator Brad Zaun is responding to false allegations that he has pulled his support for Stand Your Ground legislation in Iowa.

    Sunday, February 19th, the Iowa Gun Owners (IGO) Facebook page posted a picture of Senator Zaun with a caption falsely claiming that he had “withdrawn his support for Stand Your Ground law!” The post included Zaun’s home and cell-phone numbers and encouraged their members to call him. The problem is this Iowa Gun Owner call to action was deliberately misleading as many of their members soon found out from Senator Zaun himself.

    Zaun has been a supporter of Stand Your Ground for years. Despite IGO’s claims he has not pulled his support for Stand Your Ground law, and Senator Zaun continues to be a very outspoken advocate for pro-gun legislation in Iowa (he’s even been known to carry in capitol, much to anti-gunner’s chagrin).

    Zaun’s Response

    Iowa Senator Brad Zaun’s Response to Iowa Gun Owners Deliberately False Attack on Him.

    Senator Zaun has been issuing the following response to anyone that emails him about his so-called lack of support for Stand Your Ground. He’s also asked us to help him set the record straight and share his comments about this matter:

    “It is correct that I scratched my name off Sen. Bertrand’s/Aaron Dorr Stand Your Ground bill. Several weeks ago, I mentioned to Sen. Bertrand to not harass members of our new Republican caucus and that Stand Your Ground language will be included in one big pro second amendment omnibus bill. Recently, it was brought to my attention that IGO was dropping robo calls in some Senate Republican districts and delivering about 4” of petitions from IGO that only included the first name and last name initial. It was at that time I scratched my name off of Sen. Bertrand’s bill.

    With that said, I have not changed or weakened my position on our second amendment rights including Stand Your Ground. I will be advancing the omnibus bill which will include Stand Your Ground language.

    To be clear Aaron Dorr has no political capital with me and never will, as in the past he has compared me with Nancy Pelosi, once again using this as a fundraising effort. Have you ever seen an email alert from him that is not asking for your money?

    I personally know many members of the Iowa Gunowners Association and have much respect for, my problem is not with you, but just that you are being used to pay for Aaron Dorr’s salary.

    Brad

    What’s Going On & Why Is IGO Lying?

    There are several so-called Stand Your Ground bills that have been introduced this legislative session. These bills would remove Iowa’s current “duty to retreat” law that requires law-abiding run from a self-defense situation. Currently there are at least three Stand Your Ground Bills in the Iowa Senate:

    Senate File 25 | Senate File 70Senate File 262

    Zaun has previously indicated his support for all of three of the bills. He had been a co-sponsor of SF262 (the bill favored by IGO), but pulled his support for that bill after IGO had allegedly started to badger some of Zaun’s fellow Republicans about this matter.

    It’s important to note that SF262, which was introduced on February 25th by Senator Rick Bertrand, an IGO ally, is an almost word-for-word copy of SF25 which was introduced on January 11th, the very first day of the 2017 legislative session.

    To recap, Stand Your Ground was introduced on the very first day the session as SF25. An almost exact copy of that bill is introduced over a month later in the form of SF262. The original version is still viable and in perfectly good standing, meaning there’s no need to introduce a duplicate version of a perfectly good and viable bill. IGO then starts to trying to drum up co-sponsors for their duplicate Stand Your Ground Bill (SF262) by threatening Senator Zaun’s fellow Republicans. What happens next? Senator Zaun, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, withdraws his co-sponsorship of SF262 (talk about your plans back-firing…).

    All of this leads to IGO releasing false information about Zaun’s lack of support for Stand Your Ground and deliberately misleading IGO members into harassing a staunch supporter of gun owner rights. What does an organization gain from lying its own members? Who knows?

    Now, it all might have worked except that Senator Zaun has been setting the record straight with everyone that calls him up, and now IGO members have been getting a dose of reality about Senator Zaun, Stand Your Ground and the code of ethics the Iowa Gun Owners operates under.

    Make no mistake Iowans, Stand Your Ground is still very much alive. Senator Brad Zaun continues to support Stand Your Ground (just no longer the IGO backed SF262 version). And IGO has been caught spreading false information to the very people who support them.

    It Makes No Sense

    When you consider all of the facts this whole ordeal makes very little sense. Senator Zaun has a reputation in the capitol as an extremely staunch and outspoken supporter of pro-Second Amendment legislation (including Stand Your Ground). Gun owners who are truly in the know have known this about Zaun for years.

    Zaun is also the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is a critical fact that cannot be overlooked. Almost every single pro-gun bill in the Senate gets assigned to the Judiciary Committee. As chairman of the Judiciary Committee Zaun has the power to decide which bills get scheduled for votes and which bills get “filed away” never to see the light of day again. Ask yourself this, if you were running a group of Iowa gun owners and pushing a Stand Your Ground bill (like, for instance, SF262), do you think it would be a good idea to alienate and attack a key legislator who can single-handedly kill your bill? Do you think that would increase or decrease your odds of success?

    And if you were truly supportive of passing Stand Your Ground legislation in Iowa wouldn’t you support any bill that could effectively accomplish this goal? Not just a duplicate bill that you copied and pasted from someone else and now call your own? And if you were truly supportive of Stand Your Ground wouldn’t you be honest with your members and explain that even though a key senator pulled his or her support for “your” bill there are other Stand Your Ground bills that allow you to accomplish your goal?

    Don’t Believe Us?

    Numerous followers of the Iowa Gun Owners Facebook page have started to get wise the IGO lies.

    We’re fully aware that there are some Iowans who like IGO and will refuse to believe any of this. That’s fine, but if you’re one of them we challenge you to start asking questions like the ones above. Post a link to this on the IGO Facebook page. Or better yet, post Senator Zaun’s response to the IGO attack and see what happens. When your comments get deleted, post it again (if you haven’t been banned). Then ask yourself if a group that misleads it’s members and then deletes anyone who questions them is really working in your best interest. Start Googling and asking around in forums and other Facebook gun groups that aren’t associated with IGO. There are gun owners all over Iowa who’ve come to the realization that this group is surrounded by controversy, bribery and sketchy behavior (just ask imprisoned and former Iowa Senator Kent Sorenson).

    Finally, we know there’s a good chance IGO will lash out at us for supporting Senator Zaun. Let them. It won’t do anything to stop us from accomplishing our goals or even slow us down. We know the truth of the matter and so do our members. We also know the Iowa Firearms Coalition is the only truly effective Second Amendment group in Iowa. The only group to get pro-gun laws passed in this state. The only group that lawmakers will work with. And mark our words: We’ll be the ones standing by the governor’s side when Stand Your Ground is signed into law. The beauty of all this is you don’t have to take our word for it. Ask around. Google us. We’re confident you’ll be encouraged by what you see.

    It’s a shame that good, truly pro-Second Amendment lawmakers get drug through the mud by supposed gun rights “advocates,” but that’s the reality we face here in Iowa. For those of you who know the Truth About IGO, kudos and thank you for your support. For those of you who are just learning the truth: welcome, you are most certainly not alone.

  • Week 6 Update | The Funnel Is Coming

    Week 6 Update
    The Funnel Is Coming

    There’s less than two weeks until the first legislative funnel of the year. What is the “funnel” and why does it matter? The funnel is essentially a deadline in the legislature. If a bill fails to make enough progress by the funnel date it’s considered dead for the year. It’s a way for lawmakers to keep focused on bills that have potential for passage and keep them from getting bogged down by an unending barrage of new bills.

    The first funnel is March 3rd. We need our bills out of committee by this date. So far we’ve seen a lot of pro-gun owner bills introduced but what we haven’t seen is any of them advancing out of committee. We’re getting down to crunch time, less than two weeks until the first funnel. We fully expect to see a lot of activity on gun-related bills in the next couple of weeks. We’ll be emailing you with updates and directions on how to help as things develop.

    PETITION – The Iowa Constitution Has No 2nd Amendment – FIX THIS!

    In the mean time please sign our petition in support of adding the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to the Iowa Constitution.

    If you haven’t heard by now Iowa is one of only six states whose constitution does not guarantee it’s citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. In short, there’s no version of the Second Amendment in the Iowa Constitution. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize this is a major problem.

    Stand Your Ground, Constitutional Carry, Concealed Carry, Open Carry, suppressors, SBRs, the freedom to simply own a gun in Iowa — ALL OF IT, it all requires that your Right to Keep and Bear Arms is written in the state constitution. Currently we have no such protection in here in Iowa. Without this amendment a runaway legislature or activist judges on the Iowa Supreme Court could quickly wipe out all the liberties we currently enjoy.

    Please encourage your freedom loving friends and family members to sign this petition and start voicing their support. Iowans need and deserve to have their freedoms protected by the Iowa Constitution!

    UPDATE: Second Amendment Day – March 7th

    We’ve been telling you for weeks, this year’s Second Amendment Day is being held on March 7th at the Iowa Capitol, apparently word is getting around and now anti-gunners are feeling intimidated.

    Moms Demand Action just scheduled their “Lobby Day” for March 8th, the day after our Second Amendment Day. We’re sure these Bloomberg gun control advocates will say their scheduling is purely coincidental, but no matter what they claim it’s important that you join us on March 7th and send a strong message to Iowa’s lawmakers:

    “Iowans want their freedoms left alone and we certainly don’t want some out-of-state billionaire telling us how to live our lives!”

    March 7th – Second Amendment Day in the Capitol – Be there!

    More updates to come, stand ready folks!

    Thank you for continuing to support the Iowa Firearms Coalition!

  • IFC Update: Legislative Session – Week 5

    Week Five In The Legislature

    Thanks to all who made time to visit their local legislative forums this weekend. We’ve received several reports from members throughout the state who visited their legislators. Keep it up! We need to continue this outreach process because anti-gunners continue to turn out in droves at these forums and your voice is needed to counter their “mistruths.”

    Our guide to speaking out about Second Amendment legislation has everything you need to make a positive impact at events like these: talking points about our pro-gun owner bills, gun control bills, and how to get a straight answer from your legislator. Bookmark that link and keep it handy for whenever someone starts spreading lies about our bills.

    Earlier this week Iowa Senator Herman Quirmbach made a “joke” about shooting up Iowa State University while debating an education funding bill in the Senate floor.

    “I can look out my living room window, and when the leaves are down, I can see Beardshear Hall. I got a clear shot at Beardshear Hall, and every now and then I’m tempted to take it.”

    Quirmbach is a noted anti-gunner who actually works as an economics professor at Iowa State University. A day after making his “joke” about shooting up the school Quirmbach apologized, sort of.

    “There was nothing sinister in my intent, but I should have used a better metaphor. I am sorry that some have read into my remarks meaning I did not intend,” Quirmbach said.

    Seems pretty genuine, right? We didn’t think so either. Last year Senator Quirmbach claimed we were giving guns to four year olds, now there’s this comment about taking shots at ISU from him house. It seems the good Senator is having a hard time distinguishing fact from fiction. Perhaps it is time he’s placed on a government “watch list” and have his rights restricted???

    Shout out to IFC member Derek Drayer who wrote a superb guest column to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Mr. Drayer set a perfect example of how to rationally explain what we’re working for – protecting the natural rights of Iowans!

    Letters to the editor, guest columns and the like are great ways to help spread the word about our fight to protect and enhance Iowans’ freedoms. Consider writing a letter to your local paper explaining why you support pro-Second Amendment legislation, it’s a great way to get our message out to Iowans who may not be tuned into what’s going on. Our how to talk about pro-gun owner legislation page is an excellent guide for what to say. We’re also happy to help you fine tune your message, just email us at info@iowafc.org

    Make your voice heard in the capitol. Join us March 7th for Second Amendment Day in the Iowa Capitol. Meet your lawmakers and tell them what you expect from them. Join IFC’s leaders and fellow Second Amendment advocates for a day of lobbying, fellowship and good company.

    Finally, word continues to spread about our push to legalize Stand Your Ground in Iowa and overturn Iowa’s “duty to retreat” status. KWQC, the Quad Cities NBC affiliate, recently ran a story stating the Iowa will soon discuss Stand Your Ground. What they failed mention is that Stand Your Ground has been discussed for years in Iowa, ever since we introduced the original Stand Your Ground bill in 2012.

    There have already been two Stand Your Ground bills introduced in the Senate this year. There will likely be one more that will drop soon. Eventually one of these bills will proceed and the others will fall by the wayside. As always you can count on the Iowa Firearms Coalition to keep you fully up to speed on what’s moving forward, what bills are dead and who to contact. There’s plenty more to come, that’s for sure!

    Thank you for continuing to support Iowa’s only
    truly effective Second Amendment advocates the
    Iowa Firearms Coalition!

  • IFC Update – Week 4 – New Gun Bills Introduced

    New Gun Bills Introduced
    Good Gun Bills & Bad Gun Bills Introduced in Week Four

    New Gun Bills Introduced

    This week we saw several gun bills get introduced in the legislature. There were several great, pro-Second Amendment bills introduced, but there were also several of the same, tired old gun control bills from years past. With your help we’ll make sure the good bills advance and the bad bills get stopped. Here’s the run down of last week’s bills:

    Good Gun Bills:

    HF147 – Permit-less Carry
    HF162 – Parking Lot Bill
    SF146 – School Parking Lot Carry
    SF147 – Permit Privacy

    Bad Gun Bills:

    HF70 – 10 Round Magazine Limit
    HF73 – Universal Background Checks
    HF145 – Universal Background Checks
    HF157 – Assault Weapons Ban

    Talking Points

    Not only do we have a list of the bills, we’ve also got several talking points about each bill. This includes the bad gun control bills.Our guide makes it extremely easy for you to start talking about Second Amendment legislation in Iowa. Use the guide to talk to your friends, use it to talk to your family members, most importantly use it to talk to your elected officials. It provides everything you need. All you have to do is read it and start talking.

    You won’t find this level of information from any other gun group in Iowa. IFC works hard to make it easy for you to get in the loop on gun issues. If you think this kind of material is helpful become an IFC member today!

    Second Amendment Day

    Make your voice heard in the capitol. Join us March 7th for Second Amendment Day in the Iowa Capitol. Meet your lawmakers and tell them what you expect from them. Join IFC’s leaders and fellow Second Amendment advocates for a day of lobbying, fellowship and good company.

    St. Jude

    We’ve collected some great donations for our St. Jude fundraiser and we’ll soon post them on the website. You’ll soon be able to buy tickets for a chance to win these items. The best part is 100% of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital where they’ll be used to fight childhood cancer. We have a St. Jude Donation Page set up on the website.

    Iowa COPS Rifle

    Finally, as we promised late last year IFC is helping the families of Iowa’s fallen police officers. We’re proud to announce we’re donating an amazing one-of-a-kind AR15 to raise money for the families of Sgt. Tony Beminio, Officer Justin Martin and the other officers killed in Iowa in 2016. As you may recall Sgt. Beminio was part of the IFC family and actively working to help us pass pro-Second Amendment laws.This rifle will be the marquee raffle item at the Iowa COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) Black and Blue Ball later this month. 74% of American law enforcement officers support expanding Second Amendment rights, we recognize this and we’re proud to support those who support our efforts to restore our freedoms.

    More updates to come.
    Thank you for supporting Iowa’s only effective Second Amendment organization
    the Iowa Firearms Coalition!