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
The police killing of concealed carry permit holder Philando Castile is a troubling, for a variety of reasons, as are the killings of the 5 police officers in Dallas, TX that soon followed.
The legislature in Tennessee passed what I consider to be the most intelligent law that any legislature has passed in the last decade, and possibly longer – And I say that as an attorney who believes that we tend to have too many laws on the books already.
Iowa gun owners are encouraged to come to Second Amendment Day in the Iowa Legislature, on February 23, 2016.
Colion Noir tackles the fractured gun community and the need for a unified front against the anti-gun agenda. As the season comes to a close, Colion reflects on the conversations he had and the minds he changed, and discusses what it means to identify as a gun owner with Farran, Kandace, Richard Ryan and the town hall participants.
The 2016 legislative session in Iowa has begun, and there are multiple pro-gun bills pending.
Colion Noir talks about the execution of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in broad daylight in Chicago. He wonders if the kids who killed Tyshawn Lee had criminal records and asks if we don’t enforce our laws against perpetrators of terror, then who are the laws for? Inner-city violence isn’t a gun problem — it’s about people — and “gun control” is nothing more than a massive distraction taking the focus away from very real issues.
President Obama and other opponents of gun rights have seized upon the San Bernardino terrorist attack as a basis to justify more misguided gun control laws. In particular, it is being argued that those on the Terrorism Watch List should be denied the ability to purchase a gun. Such a proposal is ineffective as a means of trying to prevent terrorism, and is grossly unconstitutional and un-American.
As the Washington Times reports, Maryland has canceled its 15 year old “ballistic fingerprints” program, after recognizing the program was utterly useless.
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.
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
Below is a call to action from the Iowa Firearms Coalition, regarding the Omnibus Gun Bill. I encourage Iowa residents to contact their elected officials today to help get this important pro-gun legislation passed.
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
From the NRA: President Obama insisted that if Congress would not enact his gun control agenda, he would do so on his own, through executive action. Whatever else can be said of the president’s track record, he is doing his utmost to keep that promise. Having failed to enact a federal ban on the AR-15, America’s most popular rifle, he’s now using the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to do the next best thing. BATFE is now … Continued
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
Below is an alert from Gun Owners of America:
Below is an action alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association, concerning concealed carry.
Below is an action alert from the NRA, regarding a pending anti gun bill in the state of Iowa. I encourage all law-abiding Iowa gun owners to take action.
Below is a video clip that addresses media misinformation about so-called “assault weapons.”
On January 16, 2013 the court heard testimony on pending Motions in the case relating to my (wrongfully issued) no-seatbelt ticket. Those who testified included myself, my wife, my brother-in-law, and Prairie Grove Police Officer James G. Page. I have quoted particularly relevant passages from the transcript, and also posted the entire transcript, here: http://www.pgjustice.com/transcript.html More information on this matter can be found on my previous post on LearnAboutGuns.com, the Facebook Page, and www.PGJustice.com.
Those opposed to gun rights are trotting out the idea of gun manufacturer liability again, despite the fact that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 7901-7903 (a Federal law) has made clear such liability does not exist:
The County Sheriffs of Colorado have opposed the introduction of new anti gun laws, calling the anti-gun reaction after Sandy Hook “hasty.”
How Officer James G. Page wrongfully ticketed me In October 2012, my wife, our daughter, and I flew from Iowa to McHenry, IL, in order to attend a birthday party and spend time with my wife’s family. As we were headed back to the airport, we drove through Prairie Grove, IL. I was seated in the front passenger seat of my brother-in-law’s pickup truck, which he was driving. My wife was seated behind me, and our daughter was in a … Continued
Below is an NRA announcement concerning two important pro-gun bills for Iowa. I would encourage everyone who lives, works, or is otherwise involved with Iowa to take action:
Some of the earliest readers of this website will recall my career path as a lawyer thus far: I finished law school and worked as a government law clerk while studying for (and passin) the Illinois bar exam. I stayed with the government for a while, then accepted an attorney position with a law firm in the Quad Cities area of Illinois/Iowa. At that firm, I handled the majority of the court appearances on cases which ranged from murder down … Continued
Penny Okamoto’s article entitled “Adams’ gun proposal will save lives” supports additional restrictions upon law abiding gun owners, and does so using a variety of logically-flawed and previously-discredited arguments. Excerpts from that article, along with my responses, can be sen below:
Gun Owners of America has released their 2010Congressional Candidate Ratings. The press release that accompanied that accompanied the release of those ratings can be seen below:
After law school, I moved to Iowa (near the Illinois border) and began working for the Department of Defense legal office where I had interned the previous summer. While I enjoyed the work and found my colleges to be wonderful individuals, I recently decided that I would rather work in private practice. Since my