Iowa Action Alert: Urge the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee to Pass SSB1017

Under current Iowa law parents with a valid Permit to Carry who carry while picking up or dropping off their children at Iowa schools are committing a Class D felony. SSB1017 would decriminalize the act of carrying while taking your son or your daughter to school. Please contact the members of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee and urge them to pass SSB1017 as soon as possible. Make sure these elected officials understand that: Iowa’s Permit to Carry holders are peaceful, lawful … Continued

BREAKING: School Ground Carry Bill Introduced in Iowa

From the Iowa Firearms Coalition: Senate Study Bill 1017, decriminalizing lawful carry on school grounds was introduced and assigned to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee this morning.SSB1017 restores the right of a person with a valid Permit to Carry to be in possession of firearm while picking up and dropping off their children at school without having to risk committing a felony. The Iowa Firearms Coalition has been working with Iowa legislators on this subject for more than a year, including … Continued

A Shooting at a Law Firm Down the Street from My Law Firm

Last week, an attorney’s office about 1/4 mile down the road from my office was the scene of a shooting. The attacker later took his own life. Fortunately, the victims received “only” superficial physical injuries, according to news reports.

Iowa: Omnibus Firearms Bill Tied To State Budget – Your Action Needed!

Below is an action alert from the Iowa Firearms Coalition, concerning the Omnibus Firearms Bill that I certainly hope to see passed his year.  Please write to your elected officials using the advocacy campaign provided by the IFC. Week 19 Review Wednesday the Iowa House of Representatives passed its version the 2015 Standings Bill (aka the Appropriations Bill). This bill essentially sets the state budget for the coming fiscal year, without passing it we’d see a state government shutdown. When … Continued

IFC Action Alert: Protect & Enhance Iowan’s Right to Bear Arms!

From the Iowa Firearms Coalition: Senate File 425, the Omnibus Gun Bill, does a great many things to protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans. Privacy protection, gun safety, suppressors, family rights, tougher penalties for criminals, and more. It’s time this bill was brought to a vote! Iowa residents, please click here to contact your elected officials.  More information about this excellent pro-gun piece of legislation can be seen here.

Concealed Carry at my Law Firm – and the Backlash from a Judge

For 4 years, my law firm has offered employees a $50/month bonus if they choose to take the training to obtain their permit to carry, lawfully obtain that permit, and lawfully carry at the office.  I mentioned that bonus in passing a couple years ago.   On March 17, 2015, a boyfriend of a (still unidentified) former employee apparently mentioned that to a morning talk radio show that was discussing things employees could do to earn some extra money while at work. … Continued

Iowa: Gun Owner Privacy Protection Bill Needs Your Help in Senate Subcommittee

NRA-backed House File 535, legislation prohibiting the publication of the names and addresses of individuals possessing permits to acquire and carry firearms, has been assigned to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee where it is in danger of being stalled or defeated for this legislative session.  HF 535 passed in the House by an overwhelming 95 to 3 vote on March 18 after passing unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee by a 20-0 vote the week before.  Introduced originally as House File 81 by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17), this privacy protection legislation is an important … Continued

Iowa: Gun Confidentiality Protection Ready for Final House Vote

An NRA-backed bill prohibiting the publication of the names and addresses of individuals possessing permits to acquire and carry firearms has been cleared for final approval in the state House of Representatives.  Introduced by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17) originally as House File 81, this privacy protection legislation passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee by a 20-0 vote last week.  It is now eligible to be considered on the state House floor as House File 535. In other parts of the country, anti-gun media outlets abused their … Continued

Firearm Industry Economic Development in Iowa

Many businesses in the firearm industry are under attack by oppressive laws and regulations in their current states or municipalities. As a result, it is becoming increasingly more difficult for them to provide us the selection and quality of product at competitive prices that we have come to expect and enjoy. These companies have been there for us. Now it’s time for us to be there for them. Many other states across the country are courting these companies and providing … Continued

Iowa: Gun Privacy Bill Passes House Committee – contact your state representatives and urge them to support HF81

On Wednesday, March 6, 2013 NRA-backed House File 81 passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee by a 20-0 vote. Introduced by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17), this important legislation would prohibit the publication of the names and addresses of individuals possessing permits to acquire and carry. In other parts of the country, anti-gun media outlets abused their privileges under the Freedom of Information Act and have jeopardized the safety of law-abiding citizens by publishing the names and addresses of … Continued

Iowa Gun Owners Take Action: Anti-Gun Bills Pending in Iowa

Below is an NRA alert concerning anti-gun bills that are currently pending in Iowa.  I strongly encourage Iowa’s law-abiding gun owners to contact their state representatives to oppose these misguided bills, and support the pro gun bill House File 81 that was introduced by Iowa State Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17).

Lets All Do Our Part to Support Gun Rights

As is readily apparent, those opposed to gun rights are  making full use of the the the Sandy Hook School Shooting and resulting public sentiment to enact pointless and wrongful anti-gun laws.  Now is the time for supporters of gun rights to take action.  That action should be at both the individual and group levels:

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver Signs Concealed Carry Reform Law!

As reported,Iowa Governor Chet Culver has finally signed SF2379, making Iowa a “shall issue” concealed carry state. This important law, which takes effect on January 1, 2011, will put an end to arbitrary denials of the right to carry a gun for self defense in Iowa.

Iowa Concealed Carry Reform Bill Still Awaiting Governor Culver’s Signature

As I previously mentioned, the Iowa house and senate passed SF2379, which would greatly improve Iowa’s concealed carry law by requiring that sheriffs to issue a permit to carry weapons to all applicants, unless they are subject to certain specific disqualifiers (under the current law, each sheriff can set their own policy, and arbitrarily deny law abiding citizens the right to carry a gun for self defense).  However,

Iowa Legislature Passes “Shall Issue” Right-to-Carry Legislation! – Contact Iowa Gov. Culver and Urge him to Sign this Legislation Into Law!

As reported, the Iowa House of Representatives passed Senate File 2379 by a vote of 81 to 15 and it will now head to Governor Chet Culver (D) for his consideration. SF2379 had previously passed in the Senate by a vote of 44 to 4. This bill is a huge victory for gun owners in the Hawkeye State and reinforces the legislature’s intent to treat the provisions of the Second Amendment as rights, not state-granted privileges. This NRA-backed bill would … Continued

Important Reminder: Stand Up for Iowa Concealed Carry Reform TODAY

I previously discussed Iowa SF-2379 and HF-2528, which are two pending bills that would turn Iowa into a “shall issue” concealed carry state.  These bills, which are still pending, would prevent local sheriffs from arbitrarily denying Iowa’s law abiding citizens the right to carry a gun for self defense, as happens all to often.  If you are an Iowa resident, please click here to contact your representatives and urge them to support these important bills.

Iowa Carry’s New Legislative Action Center

Iowa Carry, an affiliate group of the Second Amendment Foundation that focuses on concealed carry rights for the state of Iowa, has created its own legislative action center.  From that website, gun rights supporters can easily stay up to date on pending gun legislation and contact their representatives with just a few clicks.  I would like to encourage Iowa residents to take a moment and use the legislative action center to urge their representatives to support HF2255, which would greatly … Continued