Kossuth County comes in for the Big 2A Win!

Kossuth County comes in for the Big 2A Win!

Sweet 16!  Hello Kossuth County and welcome to the club!  Kossuth joins the rest of the freeborn counties in Iowa by embracing Second Amendment Sanctuary status!  In a resolution, the County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of liberty and support of civil rights.  You can listen to a simple statement that resonated with many from the Sheriff, Roger Fisher, in an article from Algona Radio HERE.

Let’s Imagine a Terrible 2A State for a Moment…

Let’s Imagine a Terrible 2A State for a Moment…

If you are an Iowan who understands and treasures your natural and fundamental right to keep and bear arms, you are surely concerned about the serious threats to that right posed by the anti-gun, anti-liberty forces currently controlling our federal government. However, after a decade of pro-Second Amendment legislation here in Iowa, culminating in the recent repeal of the requirements for a Permit to Carry Weapons and a Permit to Acquire Pistols and Revolvers, you’re probably feeling pretty confident that at least here in your home state, your Second Amendment rights are recognized, protected, and respected by the law.

But let’s imagine for a moment that you live in another state…

That state requires you to:

  • Apply for, qualify for, pay for, and wait for a Permit in order to buy a handgun
  • Apply for, qualify for, pay for, and wait for a Permit to carry a handgun – and furthermore
    • A local official has absolute discretion whether to grant that Permit to Carry and as to what restrictions to place on it
    • That “personal protection” is not considered a valid reason to issue a Permit to Carry
    • There is no appeal available to those denied a permit – and no refund
    • The permit application process must be repeated every year
    • All permit application information is available to the public and regularly published in newspapers and online
    • As a result, fewer than 1 person in 100 is ever granted a permit

For those (nearly everyone) who do not have a Permit to Carry, the weapons laws are so strict that:

  • An ammunition magazine containing even a single round is considered to be “a loaded firearm”, even if no gun is present
  • The mere act of carrying a firearm may be considered “going armed with intent”
  • Instructing a youth under age 14 in the safe handling and use of any handgun is a serious crime – and a felony on the second offense!
  • A permit holder commits a crime if he/she does not possess and display it on-demand to any peace officer
  • Hunters in the field are prohibited from carrying a defensive handgun
  • It is a crime to carry a defensive handgun on an ATV or snowmobile, even with a Permit to Carry or on one’s own property
  • Carrying a stun gun or a knife with a blade over 5” under one’s coat or in a purse is a serious crime
  • Firearm sound suppressors, short-barreled rifles, and short-barreled shotguns are classified in the same way as machine guns and possession is a felony
  • Local governments, library and park boards, etc. feel free to place local restrictions on your right to keep and bear arms. If you decide to petition your legislators at the Capitol, you will find yourself disarmed at the door.
  • Those citizens who may be forced to use reasonable defensive force to repel aggressive force against themselves or their families may have a “duty to retreat” and can be subject to prosecution if a prosecutor, judge, or jury believes they should have done so.

Even if you are one of the lucky few who were issued a Permit to Carry in that state after jumping through all the hoops, you’d probably feel that your Second Amendment rights were being pretty seriously infringed upon. Right now, you are probably wondering what state that is (Illinois? Massachusetts?) and are grateful for being an Iowan.

Well, the state described above was Iowa just a decade ago!

We Iowans are fortunate, in that over the course of the last ten years our legislature has removed every single one of the restrictions on our Second Amendment rights listed above. The last of them fell away on July 1st, when the most recent changes to the law went into effect. Now, if you are an adult lawfully in possession of any weapon, you may carry it on or about your person or in a vehicle, openly or concealed, without the need of a permit. Unlike in most states, there are only a handful of places that are off-limits to the otherwise lawful carrying of weapons.

The changes noted above – and others – did not happen by chance, but are a testament to what determined and sustained effort by a few citizens can accomplish. Fifteen years ago, four men who were unhappy with Iowa’s terribly inequitable “may issue” weapons permit system, began to organize a movement to change the law to a “shall issue” system, as so many states had already done since the late 1980s. That movement quickly grew from a coffee klatch to an email bulletin board group and then to a statewide organization called Iowa Carry, Inc. The movement gathered attention and strong support and by 2010, legislators and the Governor were convinced to change the law and enact a very good “shall issue” system.

Iowa Carry had accomplished its singular goal and was forced to make a decision. Should the group disband – or should it broaden its goals and become a permanent organization? It chose the latter course, became Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC), and officially affiliated with its ally, the National Rifle Association.

Since that time, IFC volunteers have worked continuously to further improve Iowa’s laws and regulations governing weapons, use of force, hunting, etc. Working with our partners at NRA, we have had tremendous success in persuading legislators to do the right thing, especially in the last five years. You can see the list of IFC initiatives and our many legislative victories at our website, www.IowaFC.org. IFC has a strong presence on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IowaFirearmsCoalition. We are also on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

What Is Yet to Be Done? How Can YOU Help?

In recent years, IFC’s political action committee, IFC PAC, has become a growing force on Iowa’s political scene, working to maintain pro-Second Amendment majorities in the Iowa House and Senate. This is critically important, as the accomplishments of more than a decade could be reversed – or worse – in a single legislative session if anti-gun, anti-liberty politicians are allowed to gain control.

In order to prevent that from ever happening, IFC has worked for years to add strong protections of the right to keep and bear arms to Iowa’s Constitution. We are presently one of only six states that has no such constitutional provision. The adoption of what we call the Freedom Amendment would make it difficult or impossible for a future legislature to restrict or deny the free exercise of our Second Amendment rights.

The Freedom Amendment will be on the ballot in November of 2022. IFC PAC intends to play a major role in ensuring that Iowa voters approve it – and by a large margin. This campaign will be an expensive battle, as our opposition will be lavishly funded by out-of-state billionaires and politicians like Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi.

To finance this critical campaign, IFC PAC is launching a major fundraising effort. Check your email for a message on this from IFC President Dave Funk.

Your generous support, as an IFC-PAC President’s Hundred ($1500), an IFC-PAC Spartan ($300), or an IFC-PAC Defender ($50) will provide the vital ammunition we need for our digital ads and campaign to the overwhelming majority of Iowans who are staunchly, constitutionally pro-2nd Amendment.

You may contribute online at https://www.ifcpac.org/donate/ or copy/paste/print the contribution form at the bottom of this page to mail in a check. There is a recurring monthly payment option to help you budget your commitment between now and October 2022. As you know, we at IFC strive every day to not waste a volunteer’s time or a donor’s money. Let’s change Iowa’s Constitution and let’s change Iowa history together.

This amendment, the “Freedom Amendment,” is undoubtedly the single most important 2A initiative you will ever impact in your lifetime.  Help us help you, your children, and your grandchildren. Stand with the volunteers of IFC!

$1500__ President’s Hundred Member – Includes an IFC-PAC President’s Hundred special pin, an IFC Limited Edition Spartan Patch, quarterly briefings, and victory dinner in 2022. (Pictured)

$300  __  IFC-PAC Spartan – Gets a limited edition IFC-PAC Spartan Patch (Pictured)

$50    __  IFC-PAC Defender

Mail to IFC-PAC, PO Box 310, Moville, Iowa 51039

IFC PAC is on the web at www.IFCPAC.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IFCPAC

A Fact-Filled Share Center for Social Media Users?

A Fact-Filled Share Center for Social Media Users?

I just saw this from our partners at NSSF:

NEWTOWN, Conn. – NSSF®, the firearm industry trade association, is pleased to announce the launch of its all-new Share Center learning hub that features critical firearm-related topics through easy-to-share facts, captivating visuals and an option for extended learning into each respective topic.

Second Amendment and firearm-industry advocates now have access to a growing library of shareable facts in the form of simple and attractive infographics meant to go directly on social media feeds, blogs, webpages and other third-party platforms within a click or two from the NSSF Share Center. These shareable facts also feature an option to visit a page with more information and more extensive infographics about each respective topic.

“The Share Center enables individuals to learn and grow in their understanding of gun issues and the importance of the firearm industry to America, including the millions of people who choose to own firearms for protection, recreational shooting and hunting,” states Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO. “Each self-contained fact sheet acts as a building block for well-informed learning. We encourage firearm industry members and gun owners to spread this important information, especially with those who are less familiar with firearms and the industry’s efforts towards firearm safety.”

Share Center visitors currently have access to shareable graphics covering safety, modern sporting rifles, background checks, 3-D printed firearms, conservation and more. This library of shareable resources will continue to grow. Do you have a topic you would like us to cover?  Email socialmedia@nssf.org to submit a topic.

The firearm industry needs your help to correct misinformation and misconceptions about the firearm industry and gun owners to ensure that our freedoms remain protected. The new NSSF Share Center makes it easy for anyone to lead discussions on social media and beyond.

To get the facts from the NSSF Share Center, visit nssf.org/share, or find regular posts about the Share Center directly on NSSF social media pages. Follow NSSF on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter to stay connected.

Buchanan County Iowa is now a Second Amendment Sanctuary!

Buchanan County Iowa is now a Second Amendment Sanctuary!

IFC WELCOMES NEWS OF BUCHANAN COUNTY’S “SECOND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY” STATUS

The Buchanan County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution on Monday to make their county Iowa’s 14th Second Amendment Sanctuary.

“This is a great day for the residents of Buchanan County and the state of Iowa,” said Michael Ware, IFC Chair. “Every week Iowans are sending the message to Washington that in the Hawkeye State we cherish all of our civil rights.”

While Second Amendment Sanctuary legislation at the county level does not supersede federal law, it does prevent local resources from being used to enforce measures that are at odds with the U.S. Constitution.  The IFC has been working with state and local elected officials to protect the right of Iowans to keep and bear arms in the wake of threats by some in Washington, D.C. to support actions that would infringe upon the Second Amendment.  Iowa’s Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties, so far, also include: Mitchell, Chickasaw, Pocahontas, Hardin, Carroll, Jasper, Cedar, Washington, Madison, Mills, Adams, Clarke, and Wayne.
A 9-11 Reflection from IFC’s Comms Director

A 9-11 Reflection from IFC’s Comms Director

With the upcoming 20th anniversary of 9-11, I thought I would give my perspective on that fateful day and the path I would embark on thereafter. I had just started 5th grade in Murray, Iowa. I vaguely recall sitting in Mr. Jensen’s computer class, when strangely class was cut short.  We were told to head back to our teacher’s classroom. For me I believe it would have been Mrs. Burgus, she began to roll in the TV which always excited us kids because that meant a movie and no classwork. Except for this time, it was different, teachers were crying, and all the kids were confused. Shortly after the 2nd tower would be hit, it was explained on the news we were under attack. Some of my classmates began crying. That day there was a loss of innocence in children’s lives across the country. At that age, terrorism was a word we had never heard before. Suddenly we were seeing people jumping from the towers.  One tower collapsed, the other followed. I remember the TV’s were shut off, and we all started singing “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood. We sang patriotic songs the following days. One of my classmates, Alyssa Nelson, reminded me recently that she remembered me mentioning I was going to join the military. I do not recall that exactly, but I do know like many others 9-11 is the reason I joined. My father is a former Marine, so I grew up hearing his stories and watching war movies, naturally, I wanted to serve as he did. I was dead set on joining the military.

One thing that has always stuck in my mind was seeing the news reports and the photos of everyone killed in Iraq, for a while it was almost daily. I am not sure how other kids felt at the time but to me, it fueled that willingness to serve even more. I have a cousin, Donny Daughenbaugh, who was wounded in 2004. He and his brother Dusty enlisted, I remember hearing my family talk about him being overseas then being shot. He survived and is doing well but still carries the round in his neck. I recall a teacher bringing me a clipping of a newspaper and asking if I was related, I hung it inside my locker at school.

My brother Brandon is 3 years older than me, he enlisted in 2006 I believe. He had the same reasons for joining as me. Dad planted the bug in our ears, we have had a lot of our family serve, then 9-11 sealed the deal. He has spent over 4 years in combat zones alone, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. So, at this point, you could say it’s a family tradition to serve for us.

I enlisted in the Army my Junior year in 2008 and shipped out to Basic Combat Training Summer of 2009. Basic training and AIT both went well, I was sent to Fort Campbell, Kentucky for my duty station. Home of the Screaming Eagles, the most decorated military unit in the world. Some would recognize it from Band of Brothers, Black Hawk Down, and many movies or novels. Within a few weeks, they told us we would be deploying, that’s when it started to settle in that I am finally going to get to really serve my country.

May 27th 2010, I deployed to Afghanistan for a year. We were sent to southeast Afghanistan right along the Pakistan border. It was something else, parts of the country were beautiful but where I was it was desolate. Mountains in the distance, moon dust, and tree lines that provided great concealment for the Taliban who enjoyed planting bombs, and lobbing rockets and mortars at us all hours of the day.

While we were in Afghanistan, we would receive letters from small towns and churches across the country. One day I received a package from Mrs. Gonseth and Mrs. Kleinbeck in Murray, Iowa. It was a stack of thank you cards, drawings, and candy from them, a few other teachers, and their kids(students). I cannot express how much gratitude I have for the little community in southern Iowa that helped raise me and for sending me that care package. I still have a stack of those cards tucked away in a tote of my military memorabilia. If you ladies happen to stumble across this, just know I made it home and am doing well. Which leads me to a hard part to think about.

Those kids who sent me the letters back in 2010, would today be close to the age of the 14 fine folks who sacrificed their lives in Kabul recently. Those 14 who perished at the end of this war very likely sent similar cards to those who served at the beginning of the war, only to follow in their boot prints. Some of those great Americans would not have even been born at the time this war was started yet they still felt the desire to serve selflessly knowing the risks.

My deployment was coming to an end, nearly a year passed, then May 2nd happened. We got the news that Navy SEALS killed Bin Laden. For me I cannot tell you how good that felt to hear, it was a huge relief. Which did not last long because it seemed as though every Taliban fighter in the immediate area was stirred up like a hornet’s nest. We knew him being killed was not going to mean the end of a war, but hopefully, it gave closure to a lot of families who needed it. I was back stateside a few weeks later.

Nowadays I have many roles, but one of the most important is being that of a Fireman in Creston, Iowa. I have got a solid team of people. To me, it puts even more into perspective the sacrifices the first responders had to go through on 9-11. The physical demand of climbing those 110 stories was the least of their worries, though I can attest that it was no easy feat humping hundreds of pounds of gear into the unknown to save as many as possible. The mental toughness that a first responder must have is like nothing else, you typically only see people at their worst and that can take its toll on someone. Not to mention the hazards of breathing in everything they had to that day which ultimately has caused complications and death among hundreds of first responders since 9-11.

By way of another venture of mine, I was able to meet and become good acquaintances with Garrett Goodwin, who was a first responder on 9-11. He spent 24 consecutive days looking for survivors. Like many others, he developed COPD, which later resulted in his death. As a result of 9-11, and the 20+ years of the global war on terror that followed, we have witnessed and documented the greatest feats of heroism and above all the American spirit. Do not let those sacrifices go unremembered. Through all that we have been put through, we still bounce back stronger.

This begs the question, was it all worth it? After seeing us pull out of Bagram overnight and the way we did it, I was devastated like many other Veterans and Americans. We spent so much time building up, lives lost, only to tuck our tail and leave in the middle of the night. I spent nearly every day since asking myself and a few close vets what was it even for? After having time to process it I have come up with this. In the words of Rob O’Neill, “We were doing it for the single mom who dropped her kids off at school, went to work, only to jump out of a tower an hour later and in her last act of decency held her dress tight as not to expose herself, because jumping to her death was a better option than the 2500 degree office building behind her.” We did it for the 343 Fireman who gave their last full measure to save every single man woman and child they could. We did it for those first responders like my friend Garrett who still ran into the fray if it meant he could save just one more life. We did it for the 2996 killed by terrorist cowards who hate us for our way of life. There is an entire generation of women and children in Afghanistan who are grateful for the jolly green American giants that held off the worst people for 20 years so they may simply learn to read and write without fear of persecution. We did it so an act of that magnitude does not happen here again. Yes, it was worth it.

For me being a protector and serving people has always come naturally, and I would not have it any other way. I have been humbled in my professions which makes me a more compassionate servant to the strangers who may need me in their darkest hour. America is a beacon of hope and she breeds some of the most brilliant and selfless people, while also creating a haven for those who wish her harm. It takes a continued effort to keep the evil at bay and to preserve and protect what America represents.

On the 20th anniversary of 9-11 I hope you reflect on what it has meant for you, honor those who have fallen in these last 20 years, reach out to those who we thankfully still have with us. Say an additional prayer for the families of the 14 who fell in Kabul. May their sacrifices not be forgotten.

Dillon Daughenbaugh
IFC Comms Director