The Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) strongly condemns actions taken by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois legislature this week to infringe upon the constitutional rights of their citizens.

Governor Pritzker signed into law on Wednesday a bill that bans the sale, purchase, and manufacturing of semi-automatic firearms – the most common Second Amendment tools.

“This is a sad week for all Americans,” said Dave Funk, Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) President. “We look forward to Illinois’ blatantly unconstitutional law being struck down in court and we have a message for all residents and Second Amendment manufacturers of the state: come to Iowa, we value your rights here.”

Through IFC’s efforts, Iowa has moved in the opposite direction of Illinois on Second Amendment issues. For example, in November, more than 65% of voters passed the Freedom Amendment, which added the right to keep and bear arms into Iowa’s constitution, 37 counties have declared themselves to be “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” and Constitutional Carry has been added to Iowa Code, which removed the requirement Iowans obtain a government-issued permission slip in order to exercise their constitutional rights.

Iowa’s Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties, so far, include: Mitchell, Chickasaw, Pocahontas, Hardin, Carroll, Jasper, Cedar, Washington, Madison, Mills, Adams, Clarke, Humboldt, Kossuth, Ringgold, Buchanan, Van Buren, Winnebago, Decatur, Dallas, Guthrie, Benton, Page, Lucas, Taylor, Union, Hancock, Buena Vista, Pottawattamie, Cherokee, Montgomery, Fremont, Muscatine, Des Moines, Ida, Clinton and Wayne.

“We’re just getting started,” said Funk. “This legislative session we are working to expand freedom and liberty even farther. And now given what has happened next door, our work has never been more important.”

The Iowa Firearms Coalition, an affiliate of the NRA and NSSF, is a 501(c4) nonprofit and is Iowa’s only effective pro-Second Amendment rights organization.