Iowa: Dubuque City Council to Hold Hearing on Anti-Gun Ordinance on Tuesday

Dubuque City Iowa
Dubuque City, Iowa is looking to ban gun sales.

Charlotte, NC –-(  On August 18, the Dubuque City Council voted 5 to 2 in favor of a city zoning ordinance amendment that would prohibit legitimate firearm sales in residential areas.

A second hearing on this issue is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3 at the Historic Federal Building on 350 West Sixth Street in Dubuque.  It is possible that a final vote will be taken at this time.  To view this meeting agenda, click here.

Iowa’s firearms preemption statute (Iowa Code 724. 28) states that a locality cannot enact an ordinance regulating the “legal transfer” of firearms that is “is otherwise lawful under the laws of [the] state.”  Iowa state law does not prohibit home-based commercial firearm sales.

Like several other localities across Iowa, the Dubuque City Council has decided to attack the lawful sale of firearms despite the fact that there have been no known problems with existing home-based Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealers in the area.  The proposal submitted demanding this change in zoning laws lacks empirical evidence, and is rife with disparaging remarks regarding gun owners.  Law-abiding individuals should not be equated with criminals or regarded as dangerous people for merely exercising a constitutional right.

Please contact Mayor Roy D. Buol and members of the Dubuque City Council today, and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE this discriminatory ordinance that targets law-abiding gun owners and attacks firearm sales in residential areas by FFL dealers.  Additionally, no time will be allotted for public comment on this matter at the September 3 meeting unless authorized by the Mayor, so please respectfully request that this item receives proper public input.

It is important to remain engaged in local issues that directly influence exercise of your rights and to support election of state and local candidates who support the Second Amendment.  Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated on this and other Second Amendment related matters.

Dubuque City Council:

Mayor Roy D. Buol
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Councilman Ric W. Jones, At-Large
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Councilman David T. Resnick, At-Large
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Councilman Kevin J. Lynch, Ward 1
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Councilman Karla A. Braig, Ward 2
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Councilman Joyce E. Conners, Ward 3
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Councilman Lynn V. Sutton, Ward 4
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City council members may be reached through the city clerk’s office at 563-589-4120.  Also, a message may be sent to all city council members by clicking here.  Finally, click here to view a quick reference guide including city council photographs and contact information plus a ward map.

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It seems that most of the council people must be Dems, since they don’t post their party affiliation on the news report. They must also be scared to death of those that are legal gun owners, not to allow ANY rebuttal from those that oppose, except if the mayor allows it. This is pretty much a dictatorial town council. They are saying they are going to do what they want or else. Unless the city is dominated by Dems, this could have a devastating affect on politics there. While some will praise the stand the council people will take, there… Read more »


Hold them accountable!!!

Brian Reno

Since we have a state preemption law, the council will pass (and it will pass it, they’re psychotically antigun) a meaningless, unenforceable ordinance, resulting in lawsuits they’ll lose.