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An open letter to Iowa Legislators:
The Iowa Firearms Coalition has done a thorough and respectable job for over a decade working with Iowa Legislators to advance rights and craft meaningful Second Amendment protections for Iowans. Iowans appreciate the commitment to freedom and personal responsibility. We see it in the eyes of our children, and the hearts in our communities. We know 2A virtues are consistent political winners by the sheer volume of people, regardless of race, color, creed, or party that embrace their personal liberties as trusted and dear.
While the federal government doesn’t appear to have received this message, we know true Iowa statesmen listen to their constituents. And we, as constituents, know there are problems yet to be handled. For instance, the inability to safely lock and stow a firearm in a private vehicle at one’s workplace without facing termination amounts to a de facto ban on self-defense carry, hunting, or recreational use of a firearm.
If a law-abiding Iowan can’t leave the house with a carry weapon and lock it in his or her car while at work without being fired, we have a serious problem. What if a person wants to leave work and catch a few hours in the hunting stand before the sun goes down? How about date night with a person’s spouse at the range?
When Iowans who carry a weapon for self-defense leave home for work, we can’t just drop them off someplace in between. We all go to the grocery store, wash the car, run errands, and live life each day. But when our employers take from us the fundamental right to use a firearm by claiming they have control over a legal and ethical item locked in our own vehicles, it removes any practical ability to use that right for the entire day in all of our travels.
This injustice must be corrected. Employers have rights. But their claim to assert dominance over the legal items within our locked vehicles shouldn’t be under their control. …. And Iowans certainly shouldn’t be threatened with losing their livelihood over the ethical act of firearm ownership and use.
Nobody is more committed to the Second Amendment in Iowa more than the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Over the years we’ve witnessed many injustices and we’ve actively addressed each of them one by one as they pertain to the 2A. That is part of our mission. We’ve been involved in court cases, which we’ve won, and have stopped tons of bad legislation along with having helped pass great legislation. I say “help” because none of this work gets done without diligent daily work with the Legislature and often the Governor’s office.
There have been many times I’ve run into a person I knew or had a customer through my shop that took time to tell me how great their Representative or Senator was on our issues. And often when they were able to name them, I would have the not-so-fun labor of pointing out that their elected official, in fact, voted against their rights rather than in support of them. This was a point of discussion within IFC often enough we decided to build a tool to track legislative performance. Our “PAC” site now contains a legislative scorecard so anyone can quickly and easily find their legislator, see their score, and look at the bills they voted for or against.
This tool is free for all you to use. Most importantly, you should let your elected officials know you’ll be watching them now, as that chore just became exponentially easier and faster. In fact, it might be valuable to forward them THIS LINK to the IFCPAC site so they can see just how well or poorly they have rated themselves through their actions on behalf of their constituents. I’m sorry, but there are a lot of elected officials that will tell you they support the Second Amendment, but their votes say otherwise. Don’t be bamboozled. KNOW the truth. Use this free tool to see how your Representative and Senator performed for you!
Below is an IFCPAC site and tool kit walkthrough for each of you to use to learn more about the tools we’re offering to the public:
The Federal Government appears out of control. Yet Iowa Legislators have been listening to their constituents. Mostly…
Right now, employers all over the state are threatening to fire you for exercising your Right to Keep and Bear Arms. This is actually much worse than you might think.
IFC has enjoyed many wins over many years. We’ve also pushed back on tons of horrible attempts to not only revert back to Jim Crow laws of yesteryear but items much worse like “Red Flag” laws and the like. Each year there are a handful of Iowa Legislators that introduce disgusting pieces for codification. You can see some of those examples HERE on IFC’s site. Take a look at all the RED we’ve stopped on behalf of Iowans. You can go look at how great or horrible your House Representative and Senator has honored your fundamental rights HERE on IFCPAC’s site.
There is a particularly glaring injustice yet to be corrected we need for you to tell your elected officials in the statehouse about. Iowa employers can and are threatening to fire their staff over something as innocent as a weapon locked and properly stowed in their vehicle. We call it “Parking Lot Carry” in many circles, but it isn’t just relegated to carry. When Iowans leave for work and carry a weapon for self-defense, we can’t just drop them off someplace in between. We all go to the grocery store, wash the car, run errands, and live life each day. But when our employers take from us the fundamental right to use a firearm by claiming they have control over a legal and ethical item locked in our own vehicles, it removes the practical use of that right for the entire day in all the travels we make.
This de facto BAN on carrying and firearms use is fundamentally wrong on every level. Employers have rights. But their claim to assert dominance over the legal items within our locked vehicles shouldn’t be under their control. ….And Iowans certainly shouldn’t be threatened with losing their livelihood over the ethical act of firearm ownership and use. Let your Senators and Representatives know you deserve freedom and autonomy in your property (vehicle) and an employer’s claim on property rights stops where their pavement touches our tires.
If you believe in the Second Amendment the way our framers and founders did, you shouldn’t be afraid to do so on the county level and state level. Visit our new “Iowa 2A Sanctuary” page to get up to speed on everything to the nationwide scene, how to get your local county supervisors involved, and more.
If you’re like all of us at IFC and think Governor Kim Reynolds should declare Iowa a 2A Sanctuary, visit the IFC Action Center and send Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg a message of urging and support for this!
And finally, if you’re not a member of a volunteer organization that has done so much on every front to protect and advance your Second Amendment rights, you should have your pulse checked. JOIN NOW