‘I can not, for the life of me, understand how Matt Windschitl and House Leadership are backing this awful legislation! What the heck happened to them?’
That’s what Cheryl, from Tama, said when she called our officer earlier this week, outraged about our recent email alert.
In case you missed it, Iowa House Speaker Pro-Tem Matt Windshitl recently announced during an Iowa Press TV interview, that he’s working to cobble together the votes to advance the dangerous ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ bill!
This legislation is being pushed by the radical anti-gun lobby in dozens of states, and now, sadly, has found support in the Iowa House leadership!
Of course, many lawmakers are opposed to this bill, for now.
In fact, in his interview, Windshitl admitted that he’s having to work ‘across the aisle’ in an attempt to drum up the votes to pass this bill.
This is political speak for, ‘I can’t get the votes in the majority caucus, so I’m going to the radical anti-gun caucus to find more votes.’
Any time a lawmaker has to make a deal with the likes of Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, Rep. Bruce Hunter, and Rep. Mary Mascher on a gun bill, you know that our gun rights are in danger.
Of course, the anti-gun media here in Des Moines praised Rep. Windshitl for his bi-partisanship and all of the common ground he’s finding with anti-gun lawmakers.
You see, while being sold as a way to stop violent crimes, these ‘Reg Flag Gun Seizures’ allow virtually anyone to make a complaint against you in secret!
Through an ex-parte hearing, that you know nothing about until after the fact, your gun rights can be suspended because of the word of someone who doesn’t like you.
Perhaps you have a friend who’s been drug through the mud by a bitter ex-boyfriend?
Or maybe you know someone who’s been through the hell of a contested divorce, and seen their ex invent all kinds of lies in order to obtain custody or a larger settlement?
Now imagine those same people being able to paint whatever picture they want before a judge in an attempt to disarm you — only this time you aren’t even there to speak up for yourself!
This is what is being contemplated right now in Des Moines by the ‘good guys!’ Can you imagine how much worse this bill could become on the floor through amendments?
You see, that’s how this game is played in the Capitol. A deal is offered by one side, agreed to by another, and then at the last minute, amendments are insisted on.
In fact, Matt Windshitl and House leaders tried this very game with then-Judiciary chairman Steve Sodders in 2015.
In exchange for some small gains, Sodders insisted that Windshitl agree to a searchable online database of every permit holder in the state — and Windshitl agreed!
Thankfully Iowa Gun Owners’ members shut this bill down, but it’s clear that House leadership is more than willing to make deals in an attempt to look reasonable in the media.
For those who are shocked at Rep. Windschitl’s willingness to advance this legislation, realize that this is part of a growing pattern.
Late last year, Rep. Windshitl announced his willingness to work on a ‘bump stock’ ban –- cowing to the liberal talk points that accessories were to blame for the actions of a violent killer.
Then, in early February, it was Rep. Windshitl who worked with then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix to stop Constitutional Carry in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
And now he’s working with some of the most anti-gun lawmakers in the House to advance ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ legislation.
We need your help to get the word out on this bill, fast.
With the legislature deep into their overtime session, where they aren’t receiving per-diems or having staff support, EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE!
Last minute deals, as part of the budget negotiation, can include every topic imaginable — including gun control!
And, with Gov. Reynolds expressing support for more controlling legislation on guns in the wake of the Parkland, FL, shooting, this is a threat that we need to take seriously.
This bill is moving in states across the county, so please take action right away!
P.S. Iowans are still reeling about the news that Iowa House Speaker Pro-Tem Matt Windshitl is working with overtly anti-gun Democrats trying to advance ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ legislation!
But this is the same Rep. Windshitl who was looking to ban ‘bump stocks’ late last year and the same Rep. Windshitl who helped block Constitutional Carry in the Senate!
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Iowa Gun Owners is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms through an aggressive grassroots program designed to mobilize public opposition to anti-gun legislation. The address for Iowa Gun Owners is PO Box 3585, Des Moines, IA 50323. You can call us at 515-309-7858. Our website can be located at www.IowaGunOwners.org.