Iowa: Hunting with high powered rifles now becomes law

It is to be expected that a Republican Governor, Gov Reynolds, would sign these NRA bills. Republican politicians almost always do the bidding of the NRA, rarely recognizing the importance of gun safety over the wishes of the NRA to sell more guns.

The NRA’s strategy to fight gun safety measures

The strong NRA lobby fought for these two bills as they always fight against any gun safety measures.

The bills

  • House File 2502 protects gun ranges from any kind of local restrictions such as for loud gun noise late at night. The NRA calls these restrictions “burdensome” for gun ranges. They disregard how burdensome the noise is on residents. The bill also strengthens preemption laws in Iowa. These laws prevent communities from making any kind of local restrictions on guns. 👎 Dislike
  • House File 716 allows deer hunting with high powered rifles.  👎 Dislike

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June 11, 2020

Iowa: Hunting to become less of a sport

A bill to make hunting easy for gun fanatics passed the legislature this week. The bill decreases the restrictions on the power of rifles and allows hunting with handguns. The bill, House File 716, now goes to Governor Kim Reynolds for final signature. The NRA pushed this bill because they don’t want any restrictions on hunting. They’d allow hunting with machine guns if it were entirely up to them. They don’t even bother asking members to call the Governor’s office because she is a Republican, the people with their foot in the trap of the NRA.

 

June 5, 2020

Iowa: Want to restrict noisy gun ranges? Forget it.

This week, the Iowa Senate passed HF 2502. The bill now moves to Governor Kim Reynold’s desk for final signature. After that, no community will be allowed to restrict gun ranges in any way. Who knows. Maybe a noisy gun range will move in next to you.

The bill

  • House Bill 2502 protects gun ranges from any kind of local restrictions such as for loud gun noise late at night. The NRA calls these restrictions “burdensome” for gun ranges. They disregard how burdensome the noise is on residents. The bill also strengthens preemption laws in Iowa. These laws prevent communities from making any kind of local restrictions on guns. 👎 Dislike


June 2, 2020

Iowa: Two terrible pro-gun bills active this week

I received the message from Iowans for Gun Safety.

CALL OR EMAIL FROM YOUR HOME ON TWO GUN BILLS TODAY!

The Iowa Legislature resumes it final days in 2020 on Wednesday, June 3rd.

1)  Please contact your State Senator to OPPOSE HF 2502 that limits the ability of local authorities to enact gun carrying restrictions without costly measures requiring metal detectors and an armed guard. It also includes shooting ranges and zoning laws which should be reserved for County Board of Supervisors. HF 2502 is on the Senate Debate Calendar for Wednesday the 3rd.

The Senate switchboard is 515-281-3371.

[If you need to find your legislator, go to https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find.

2)  Please contact leaders and members of the House Public Safety Committee to  OPPOSE SF 2184. This bill (Senate File 2184) would allow uncertified peace officers to carry weapons on school grounds and can be stopped in the House Public Safety Committee before a June 5 deadline for policy bills to pass out of a committee.

The House switchboard is 515-281-3221.

House Public Safety Committee leaders and members:

Jarad Klein, Chair – jarad.klein@legis.iowa.gov

Jon Thorup, Vice Chair – jon.thorup@legis.iowa.gov

Wes Breckenridge, Ranking Member – wes.breckenridge@legis.iow.gov

Find your state senator or representative and other elected officials.

House Switchboard:  515-281-3221

Senate Switchboard:  515-281-3371

Legislative Emails:  FIRSTname.LASTname@legis.iowa.gov

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ADVOCACY!


March 18, 2020

Iowa: Legislative session suspended

The Iowa Legislature suspended their session for 30 day.

March 12, 2020

Iowa: Senate to vote on preemption and gun range noise protection

The Iowa House of Representatives already passed this bill. The full Senate will vote on it at any time. This is the time to make a quick call or email against this bill that cuts into your community’s freedom.

NRA strategy

The NRA alerted the members to contact their State Senator and ask for support of this bill. The gun group says it “protects shooting ranges from being shut down by unreasonable local ordinances.” Apparently, restricting loud gun noise in a neighborhood at 11 PM is considered unreasonable.

The bill

  • House Bill 2502 protects gun ranges from any kind of local restrictions such as for loud gun noise late at night. The NRA calls these restrictions “burdensome” for gun ranges. They disregard how burdensome the noise is on residents. The bill also strengthens preemption laws in Iowa. These laws prevent communities from making any kind of local restrictions on guns. 👎 Dislike

Action

Please call or email the office of your Iowa State Senator. Ask them to oppose HB 2502, the gun range noise expansion bill. Communities will lose their freedom to curtail gun range noise.


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February 27, 2020

Iowa: Preemption and gun range noise protection passed the House

The Iowa House of Representatives passed House File 2502 by a vote of 52-44. The bill bans any community from doing anything about a noisy gun range. The bill also strengthens Iowa’s preemption laws. These laws eliminate the freedom of communities to make any ordinances restricting guns.

The bill now goes to the Senate for a vote.

NRA strategy

The NRA simply told their members to watch for further updates on this bill.

The bill

  • House Bill 2502, previously House Study Bill 615, protects gun ranges from any kind of local restrictions such as for loud gun noise late at night. The NRA calls these restrictions “burdensome” for the gun range. They disregard how burdensome the noise is on residents. The bill also strengthens preemption laws in Iowa. These laws prevent communities from making any kind of local restrictions on guns. 👎

Action

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February 13, 2020

Iowa: An ERPO bill is filed

An Extreme Risk Protection Orders bill was just filed in Iowa. These bills, similar to ERPO bills filed in many other states, give families a way to request guns be removed from a dangerous family member.

The NRA, being against any gun restrictions, is fighting this bill. They’ve asked members to call their Iowa State Representatives and urge them to oppose this bill. Gun safety proponents should also make the calls to counterbalance calls from pro-gun fanatics.

The bill

  • House File 2367 would allow for the filling of Extreme Risk Protection Orders. These laws allow families to request a judge temporary remove the guns from someone deemed to be dangerous to themselves or others 👍

Action

Please call or email the office of your Iowa State Representative. Urge he or she to support HF 2367 to allow the removal of guns from a dangerous person before they harm themselves or others.


February 12, 2020

Iowa: Bill to allow guns in cars on school grounds before the full Senate

The full Iowa State Senate will be voting on a bill to allow loaded guns be in the car when picking up children at school. The guns could be on the seat where children could get ahold of them. The adult with the guns could get distracted and forget they were left open for the children to find.

The NRA alerted their members to call their State Senators and ask for support of this bill. Concerned citizens should make a quick call to counter the pro-gun fanatics.

The bill

  • Senate File 116 would allow parents to pick up children from school while they leave their loaded guns openly available. No longer would the guns need to be locked up. 👎

Action

Please call or email the office of your State Senator. Ask him or her to oppose SF 116. Children should be kept well away from loaded guns.


February 11, 2020

Iowa: Bill is with committee to take away community freedom

A preemption bill to take away local freedom to restrict guns is before the House Public Safety Committee. The bill would also prevent any restrictions on gun ranges, such as location and noise restrictions.

The NRA told their members to contact the committee members and urge them to support this bill. Concerned citizens should at least send an email to the chairman asking for opposition to this bill.

The bill

  • House Study Bill 615 would protect gun ranges from any kind of local restrictions such as for loud gun noise late at night. The NRA calls these restrictions “burdensome” for the gun range. They have no care for how burdensome the noise is on residents. The bill would also strengthen preemption laws in Iowa. These laws prevent communities from making any kind of local restrictions on guns. 👎

Action

Please email the office of Representative Jarad Klein, Chairman of the House Public Safety Committee (jarad.klein@legis.iowa.gov). Urge the committee to oppose House Study Bill 615 to allow local communities to maintain some control over guns and gun ranges.

  • You have know idea… all these bills are for the best. Shouldn’t be any restrictions for hunting, you put it down and you have dinner. Plus you know Iowa has the second lowest gun violence in America right? Compared to irresponsible gun owners there are more RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS. Can you say that about responsible vehicular driving accidents which involve traumatic injuries and death? Do you text and drive or have you? That could have easily lead to someone’s demise… maybe you should have your license revoked for “what could have happened” ???? Yeah the makes no sense right???? Same goes for any other category.

    • [My responses are in brackets.]
      You have know idea [you misspelled no]
      all these bills are for the best [the best for whom?]
      Shouldn’t be any restrictions for hunting [why?]
      you put it down and you have dinner. [put what down?]
      Plus you know Iowa has the second lowest gun violence in America right? [According to the CDC, Iowa is 9th. Good, but one death is one too many]
      Compared to irresponsible gun owners there are more RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS. [Why don’t responsible gun owners want to license and train irresponsible gun owners?]
      Can you say that about responsible vehicular driving accidents which involve traumatic injuries and death? [huh?]
      Do you text and drive or have you? [I don’t text. I don’t see why people do it.]
      That could have easily lead to someone’s demise… maybe you should have your license revoked for “what could have happened” ???? [agreed]
      Yeah the makes no sense right???? [huh?]
      Same goes for any other category. [huh?]

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