Governor Branstad Expected to Sign Iowa’s HF517 This Week!

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

Iowa Firearms Coalition

USA -( We’ve cleared all the legislative hurdles. Passed all the subcommittees, committees and floor votes. Now the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in the history of our state is one signature away from being law.

Following an epic set of closing comments from Rep. Matt Windchitl the Iowa House of Representatives passed House File 517 for the final time, concurring with the Senate and sending HF517 to Governor Terry Branstad.

Governor Branstad’s office has indicated he plans to sign the bill into law this week.

Once the bill is signed by the governor two provisions, Permit Privacy and Supervised Youth Handgun Training, will be effective immediately. The rest, Stand Your Ground, SBRs/SBSs, Emergency Powers, and so on, will go into effect on July 1st.

“Iowa gun owners are being lied to” Rep. Windschitl said.

Representative Windschitl’s closing remarks on House File 517 have caused quite a stir throughout the state. Windschitl called out the Iowa Gun Owners (IGO) group for lying to thousands of Iowans.

Windschitl noted that despite their claims of being the driving force behind HF517, Iowa Gun Owners and their leaders never once spoke up about HF517, Stand Your Ground or any other provision of HF517 during the multiple subcommittees and public comment periods.

IGO never registered as an organization in favor of the gun bill (here’s the list of everyone who actually declared for or against HF517) and most shockingly IGO isn’t even registered as a lobbying organization in the State of Iowa. 

You can watch Rep. Windschitl’s comments here.

Windschitl’s epic closing comments caused enough stir that KCRG’s Forrest Saunders did some digging and found even more concerning information on the Iowa Gun Owners organization.

Tax documents from 2014 show Iowa Gun Owners made more than $293,000– mostly from grants and contributions. All but about $13,000 was spent. The majority of the money went to list email fees, direct mail fees and postage.

There was no compensation listed for any employees, including Director Dorr, despite claiming he works 70 hours per week.

KCRG-TV9 asked Dorr about the amount of time he works for the group without payment. He called the question “hostile” and declined to answer, except through email.

Word is getting out about who’s actually fighting for your rights in Des Moines and who’s continually blowing hot air. Please keep spreading the word about the Iowa Firearms Coalition!


About Iowa Firearms Coalition:

Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports.

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“Representative Brandstad”??? Should be Governor Brandstad….may want to correct the headlines.


As a proud member of the IFC and NRA I have to say that I agree with Rep. Windschitl 100%…the IGO sends out e-mails soliciting money from people many, many times per year, monthly, weekly even! And what do they have to show for it except a nice fat bank account…nothing. I’ve seen them blocking good peoples booths at the gunshows as they have people sign their “petitions” (which evidently are not attached to any real legislation)…so much so that people avoid walking by the booths that people have items for sale in, hurting their opportunity to make a buck… Read more »

Jeff D.

Those are pretty powerful words! Sounds like the Dorr bros. have been called out by this guy Windschitl and have some explaining to do! I know if I lived in the great state of Iowa, and if I contributed any money to these guys and their organization, I would like to hear what they have to say? I have to say, on the surface it does not look good at all!