Just over a month ago, gun owners unceremoniously booted every single anti-gun legislator who was up for re-election in the Iowa Senate out of office.
Mike Gronstal, gone.
Steve Sodders, gone.
Mary Jo Wilhelm, gone.
Brian Schoenjahn, Chris Brase, Thomas Courtney — all gone.
It was a fantastic night, and absolutely necessary, as it was those legislators who were directly responsible for crushing Stand-Your-Ground and Constitutional Carry legislation.
Now, for the first time since the 90’s, Iowa has a pro-gun majority in both chambers of the legislature and a Governor who says he’ll sign both of these pieces of legislation into law.
That’s why 2017 will be an absolutely crucial year in our fight to advance these pro-gun bills!
So please, sign the petition that I’ll link you to in a moment, calling on the legislature to pass Constitutional Carry law in Iowa in 2017! More on that below.
You see, we can’t take anything for granted as we gear up for the next legislative session.
We fought hard for 8 years, obtaining votes on both of these pieces of legislation, and figuring out who in the legislature is really pro-gun and who just says they are.
Armed with that information, we’ve been on a mission to expose those legislators who’ve voted against our gun rights ever since.
Thirty five anti-gunners booted out of office later, we find ourselves on the precipice of passing some major legislation for the first time!
But make no mistake: this is no time to pop open a bottle of champagne, not by a long shot.
As we’ve seen before, it’s very easy for well-meaning legislators to fall prey to the pressure of the radical anti-gun media, Bloomberg’s front groups, and whisper campaigns from other legislators.
Many good gun bills have died this way over the years.
That’s why it’s essential that you and I stay active in our fight to pass solid pro-gun legislation in 2017. We have to counter the pressure that the legislature is feeling from the other side!
For those new to this fight, Constitutional Carry is a very simple idea that says if you’re legally allowed to own a firearm, you’re legally allowed to carry that firearm for self-defense without needing government permission.
No adding your name to a government database.
No having to pay a fee to exercise a constitutionally guaranteed right.
No having to beg permission from government officials, so many of whom make this process far more difficult than necessary.
It’s just the Second Amendment, the way our founding fathers intended it to be.
Of course, if you’d like to keep a permit, you may still do so as Constitutional Carry doesn’t eliminate the permit system, it simply makes it optional.
But a lot has happened since then, and a lot of states have passed Constitutional Carry law since then, too.
Just this year alone, four states passed Constitutional Carry including West Virginia, Mississippi, Idaho and our neighbors in Missouri!
In Missouri the legislature (being lobbied heavily by the members of our sister organization, the Missouri Firearms Coalition) passed Constitutional Carry and Stand-Your-Ground law at the same time!
The idea of recognizing the Second Amendment is all the ‘permission’ we need to carry a firearm with which to defend ourselves and loved ones, is mainstream thought now all over the country.
That’s why it’s high time Iowa join these other states and pass this legislation next session.
Please help us prove to the legislature that massive numbers of Iowans support this legislation by signing your petition in support, by clicking on the box below.
In Minnesota, Representative-Elect Cal Bahr has already signaled that he’s ready to ‘go to the mat’ for the Second Amendment and will be introducing this legislation on day 1!
In Georgia, gun owners, led by the tireless team at Georgia Gun Owners, booted out a bunch of bad legislators in their primary elections and are going to be introducing this legislation there, as well.
In Ohio, the long-time pro-gun champion and State Representative Ron Hood is doing the same thing by introducing Constitutional Carry as he fights side-by-side with the members of Ohio Gun Owners.
In our neighboring state of Wisconsin, State Representative Jesse Kremer is about to roll out the identical bill for the Badger State, recognizing that law abiding gun owners don’t need a “permission slip” to carry a defensive firearm!
I could go on and on.
Now is the time for Iowa to step up to the plate for gun owners!
Gun owners worked tirelessly all over the state to crush anti-gunners who were seeking re-election, seeking another 4-year term to clamp down on our gun rights.
If gun owners booted out one of them, maybe that could be written off as a fluke.
But when every single anti-gunner seeking re-election in the Senate gets tossed out, including the Senate Majority Leader (a 34-year incumbent), it’s clear that gun owners are not kidding around!
But believe me when I say that there are powerful lobbies and personalities at the Capitol that will do all they can to stop these bills, or weaken them significantly, during the upcoming session.
So make sure you’ve signed your petition, so that I can show the members of the legislature that you and I expect them to follow through on those campaign promises right away!
Simply put, we ran a very expensive election program this year. We had to, or else we’d face another four years of seeing gun bills die at the hands of Mike Gronstal and Steve Sodders.
But as we gear up for 2017, we’re not as stable as we need to be.
Please help us prepare for this busy legislative session by renewing your support right away!
Thank you for all you’ve done to help Iowa Gun Owners fight in the trenches all fall, so we could see anti-gunners go down in flames on Election Day.
But now it’s vital we capitalize on that momentum.
That starts with your signed petition!
P.S. Gun owners all over the country are making a major push for Constitutional Carry legislation in 2017!
In Iowa — after IGO members completed a clean sweep and retired 6 of 6 anti-gun State Senators from office on Nov. 8 — the time has never been better see this bill become law.
But it’s essential that we remind the legislature of their campaign promises, especially as the media, anti-gun legislators, and Bloomberg’s front-group pour on the pressure!
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