Welcome to the 2018 Iowa Gun Owners Election Survey Results page.
We surveyed every candidate running for Iowa Governor in the 2018 election cycle, and asked them all the 8 questions listed below.
Each candidate was clearly informed that a failure to return the 2018 Iowa Gun Owners survey or refusal to answer particular questions would be graded as an anti-gun position.
Gun owners are situated to make a huge impact by making knowledgeable choices in the election process.
- Since the passage of ‘Shall Issue’ law in 2010, Iowans have been trying to pass Constitutional Carry legislation. This legislation doesn’t eliminate the current permit system in any way, other than to make it optional for law abiding Iowans. So if an innocent citizen wanted a permit for purposes of reciprocity, he could obtain one. But if a citizen didn’t want to add his name to a government database or pay hefty fees, he wouldn’t have to. Over a dozen states have already enacted this legislation. In 2018, S.F. 2106 had 18 cosponsors and passed a Senate sub-committee but did not become law.
If elected, would you SIGN OR VETO Constitutional Carry legislation, which would allow law-abiding Iowans the right to carry a firearm, either concealed or openly, without having to first obtain government permission or be added to a government list, as is done in over a dozen other states?
- Iowa is one of a small number of states that still requires law abiding citizens to obtain a government permit-to-purchase in order to purchase a handgun for self-defense. This is contrary to the 2nd Amendment and places an undue burden on law abiding citizens, whereas criminals undergo none of these restrictions. Legislation has been introduced in past sessions that would repeal the Iowa code that mandates Iowans obtain this permit.
If elected, would you SIGN OR VETO legislation that does away with Iowa’s permit-to-acquire requirement and would allow law abiding Iowans the option to buy and sell handguns among themselves, without having to first obtain government permission, as is done in the majority of other states?
- Anti-gun organizations, often funded with out-of-state resources from Michael Bloomberg, have been clamoring for legislation to end all private party firearms transfers in Iowa unless they submit to a federal NCIC check, thereby adding themselves and the firearm to a federal list. Legislation is routinely introduced in Iowa to make this a reality, even though this legislation does virtually nothing to stop crime but creates statewide databases of gun owners.
If elected, would you SIGN OR VETO “Universal Gun Registration” legislation that would ban all private party sales and makes criminals out of Iowa gun owners who want to pass on family firearms to their children and grandchildren – and create a database of gun owners at the same time?
- In 2017, Iowa enacted Stand-Your-Ground legislation which allows innocent citizens to defend themselves from violent criminals without having to retreat first. Absent this legislation, gun owners could be arrested and prosecuted for not retreating an arbitrary number of steps before defending themselves or their loved ones. However, some legislators and anti-gun organizations are calling for a repeal of this legislation.
If elected, would you SIGN OR VETO legislation that would repeal Iowa’s Stand-Your-Ground law?
- Mental health has become a back door for gun control by expanding the criteria for voluntary and involuntary mental health commitments, adding more and more people to the NCIC ‘prohibited persons’ list often without due process and full adjudication by a court of law. Once a person’s name is placed on this list, it is virtually impossible to have it removed. In most cases this legislation, commonly referred to as ‘Red Flag Orders,’ would allow someone who has never even been convicted of a crime to have their gun rights arbitrarily taken away!
If elected, would you SIGN OR VETO ‘Red Flag Orders’ or similar legislation that would deny law abiding Iowans their gun rights without due process through a court of law and without ever having been convicted in a court of law?
- Various state legislatures have already passed legislation that would ban all gun rights from American citizens between the ages of 18-20. In addition, many lawmakers at the state and federal level are publicly calling for this legislation to be enacted at the state level nationwide! This, despite the fact that these are law abiding citizens that can serve in the military, pay taxes, get married, have careers and enjoy every other aspect of being a legal adult.
If elected, would you SIGN OR VETO legislation that would leave American citizens between the ages of 18-20 defenseless and unable to buy a firearm for self-defense?
- In the wake of the Parkland, FL shooting, anti-gun lawmakers, the media, and Bloomberg funded activists have been screaming for a complete ban of the AR-15 (and their standard 30-round magazine) and hundreds of related firearms all because of a variety of cosmetic features. Legislation has been introduced to ban these firearms in Washington, D.C., and lawmakers here in Iowa have worked to introduce similar legislation. This, despite the fact that all semi-automatic firearms function essentially the same way.
If elected, would you SIGN OR VETO legislation banning the manufacture, sale or possession of semi-automatic firearms and/or large-capacity magazines, recognizing that these restrictions do nothing to stop crime but only serve to harass gun owners?
- Legislation has been called for this year that would enact a mandatory 3-day waiting period before law abiding citizens would be able to exercise their 2nd Amendment freedoms and purchase a firearm for self-defense. This, despite the fact that the madmen in some of the worst mass shootings in America, like the one at Virginia Tech or the nightclub in Florida, purchased their guns AFTER submitting to these waiting periods. Of course, these waiting periods do nothing to stop violent crime and only leave law abiding citizens vulnerable during times where they need a firearm the most.
If elected, would you SIGN OR VETO legislation that would place unconstitutional waiting periods limiting when a law-abiding citizen in Iowa could purchase a firearm for self-defense?