Disclose Act Update & NRA Endorses Gov. Culver???
Iowa--(Ammoland.com)- Iowa readers, we recently called upon you to take action and call Senators Grassley and Harkin and urge them to vote no on the so-called “Disclose Act.”
This is the bill that would effectively silence organizations like Iowa Gun Owners from informing you about the positions that your elected officials have taken on the 2nd Amendment.
In particular, it would limit us during election time.
This is a dream bill if you are an anti-gun politician facing a tough re-election bid this fall. The last thing they want is for gun owners to be aware of their votes on gun bills!
We are pleased to report that thanks to your calls and emails, and those of other gun activists across the country, you helped kill this legislation that damages the 1st and 2nd Amendments at the same time.
- Senator Grassley voted against this bill.
- Senator Harkin, on the other hand, voted to support it.
It is important to note that there is no such thing as a dead bill as long as Congress is in session. So you may have to take action again. But for the time being, and for the 2nd time now, you have stopped this bill dead in it's tracks.
NRA Not Helping
In a disappointing move that Iowa Gun Owners members are becoming all too used to, the NRA acted against the best interests of gun owners and returned a political favor to Governor Chet Culver today when they endorsed his re-election campaign.
IGO members will remember that it was the NRA that brought forth the watered down carry bill that passed through the General Assembly last session and ultimately was signed by the Governor.
IGO was concerned that anti-gun members of the legislature and Governor Culver would be able to use this bill to their advantage.
Unfortunately, that's exactly what took place.
While the NRA has endorsed Governor Culver, here are the real facts:
- Governor Culver refuses to complete the Iowa Gun Owners 2010 Gun Rights Candidate Survey.
- Governor Culver signed into law SF2357, which allows Iowans, not convicted of any crime and potentially not even being allowed to be present to make a defense at an evidentiary hearing, to have their lawfully owned firearms seized from them based on a mere accusation alone.
- Governor Brandstad has completed the Gun Rights Candidate Survey with 100% pro-gun responses.
- Lt. Governor nominee Senator Kim Reynolds co-sponsored and voted for REAL Right-to-Carry and other pro-gun bills for Iowa Gun Owners for the past two legislative sessions.
This NRA endorsement follows on the heels of a substantial PAC donation made from the NRA-PVF to Governor Culver's campaign in the amount of $2,500 soon after he signed the watered down bill into law.
Unfortunately, for those Iowa Gun Owners' members who are also NRA members, that's your money helping to re-elect this anti-gun Governor who suddenly became pro-gun when it suited him politically.
It would appear as though the NRA has repaid their debt to Governor Culver for signing their watered down bill.
That's the bad news.
The good news is that Iowa Gun Owners has been meeting with pro-gun incumbents and first time candidates all over the state of Iowa and the 2nd Amendment has taken on a major component in their campaigns.
We have almost every pro-gun candidate in the state on the record now in support of REAL Right-to-Carry and our other pro-gun bills through our 2010 Gun Rights Candidate Survey program.
It looks very likely that pro-gun candidates will re-take the House of Representatives, at least, this Fall.
Thanks for your support as we get candidates on the record for gun rights.
As we roll into the final weeks of the election season, Iowa Gun Owners will be sending out waves of mail all across the state of Iowa. We will be informing you and thousands of other pro-gun activists like you, where your candidates stand on the issue of the 2nd Amendment.
We have the anti-gunners on the record after two years of recorded, roll call gun votes. (This is why procedural votes matter in the legislature.) Now they are on the run trying desperately to hide their anti-gun positions.
With your support we will make sure that their recorded votes and candidate surveys get out to the voters in their districts!
To help us with this vital program, and to help ensure a pro-gun majority next legislative session, won't you please consider a special donation to help us with our pro-gun mail program?
It will be a costly program. But if we don't get the word out to gun activists like yourself, then our chances of advancing solid gun bills next legislative session will be diminished.
You can contact us in the following ways:
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 515/309-7858
Iowa Gun Owners (IGO) was formed in January of 2009 to combat the oppressive gun laws in the State of Iowa. IGO does not believe that you, as a law abiding citizen, should have to beg permission from the government to be able to defend yourself and your family. That's why we are working so hard to get a Vermont/Alaska style carry law passed in Iowa. In these states, unless you are a convicted felon or otherwise barred from possessing weapons, you don't need a permit to carry a gun for self-defense! Join us now! Visit: www.iowagunowners.org