The NRA and the Iowa Firearms Coalition have worked ceaselessly with members of the state House of Representatives and state Senate to advance firearms freedoms for Iowans, but unfortunately, the current Iowa General Assembly is set to once again continue a trend of failing to send strong Second Amendment legislation to the Governor for enactment.
As reported here, the state House, under its current leadership, has year after year passed strong pro-gun reforms, including Castle Doctrine, carry permit holder privacy and more. Despite this forward momentum and the dedication of House leaders to pass Second Amendment legislation, pro-gun legislation with strong bipartisan support has failed to pass in the state Senate.
Your NRA-ILA has been diligently working with state Senators and Representatives to ensure this trend does not continue, but YOUR help is still needed.
HF 2381 was denied a subcommittee hearing by Senator Thomas Courtney (D-44) and a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee by Chairman Robert Hogg (D-33) – despite overwhelming support for this bill in the state Senate among both Republicans and Democrats. In fact, had the bill gone to the Senate floor, well over half of the members in Senator Hogg’s own caucus would have voted in favor of it. In conjunction with your e-mails and phone calls, many state Senators, led by Senator Dennis Black (D-15), launched a robust effort to pressure Senator Hogg to move the bill.
Senator Hogg has continued to ignore your voices, and the voices of his own caucus, and denied HF 2381 a hearing before the deadline.
The effect your e-mails had on state legislators during this process was apparent, and has kept our efforts alive even now. Negotiations are ongoing to strike an agreement with leadership in both legislative chambers to include language from HF 2381 in bills still moving at the end of session. However, Senator Hogg is still making an effort to derail any and all attempts to do so, and is pressuring his leadership to end any negotiations on this bill.
Your help is needed to urge the Senate leadership to move forward with this important issue for Iowans! Contact Senate and House Leadership IMMEDIATELY to ensure a victory for the Second Amendment this session. It’s time for the Iowa Legislature to understand the importance of Second Amendment issues to Iowans!
Please contact the House leadership — thank them for their support and encourage their efforts to move forward. Please also contact the Senate leadership and encourage them to take up pro-firearms legislative language NOW!
Contact information for both the House and Senate leadership can be found here.
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org