The 2019 legislative session will be here before you know it, and you and I have to be ready to FIGHT to stop ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure Orders’ from becoming law in Iowa.
Lawmakers in state after state have been pre-filing this legislation in their efforts to ram this legislation into law before grassroots gun owners like you and I can fight back!
In Missouri, for example, Senator Jill Schupp announced that one of the first bills in the State Senate this year will be ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure Orders!’
And don’t think for a moment that this can’t happen here in Iowa.
Truth be told, supposedly “pro-Second Amendment” Republicans all over the country are jumping onto this scheme that is being pushed by BILLIONAIRE Michael Bloomberg.
In fact, earlier this year it passed into law in Florida, where Republicans control the entire state government. It also passed under a GOP Governor in Illinois.
And Republicans in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania are pushing for passage early next session.
Make no mistake, the battle over “Red Flag” Confiscation Orders is coming to Iowa. In fact, the situation is even worse here in Iowa than it is in Missouri or other ‘red states.’
That’s because Matt Windshitl, the Speaker Pro-Tem of the Iowa House, has ALREADY ANNOUNCED his intentions to pass this bill next session in an interview with Iowa Press!
That’s why I hope you’ll take a moment to sign the petition that I’ve prepared for you, demanding that Iowa lawmakers kill this bill before it even gets off the ground! More on that below.
If enacted, ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure Orders’ would allow virtually anyone to make a claim that you are a danger to yourself or someone else and ask a judge to order you stripped of your firearms.
The amount of room for abuse in this process should have every gun owner in Iowa alarmed. Consider the following:
>>> These gun seizure orders will be issued before you have been convicted, or even charged, with anything!
A gun owner with absolutely no criminal background of any kind can have his firearms seized before he ever sets foot in a courtroom. You would have more due process rights in traffic court than you would in defending your constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
>>> The hearing that determines whether or not to strip you of your firearms happen in secret!
Known as ex-parte proceedings, these hearings take place in your absence. You will have no ability to question your accuser, provide your own evidence, or testify in your own defense. In fact, the first time you will be made aware of this is when law enforcement officers come to your home to seize your firearms.
>>> The mere fact that you recently purchased a firearm or any ammunition constitutes evidence that can be used against you!
Under the list of ‘evidence’ that the court can consider in deciding to disarm you is the ‘recent acquisition of a firearm, ammunition, or other weapons.’ So just buying a firearm or a box of .22’s could be enough for a judge to order you stripped of your firearms.
Every gun owner in the state knows someone who has gone through a bad divorce; maybe you’ve gone through that misery yourself.
Can you imagine what an embittered ex-spouse could do to you if Iowa enacts this legislation? How about a neighbor who doesn’t like your pro-gun bumper sticker?
The risk to gun owners is ENDLESS!
In fact, in the bill that was filed this session in Iowa, the accuser doesn’t even have to file their complaint before a court — they can just phone it in!
And once your guns are seized, you’ll be spending weeks and thousands of dollars in court in attorney’s fees to try to get them back.
Some will claim that these “red flag” seizures laws will help law enforcement stop madmen before they can carry out a shooting.
But that is a cheap political talking point, designed to brow beat gun owners like you and me into giving up and not fighting this bill.
Just consider the facts.
Under current law, those who tell others of their intent to kill can be arrested for making threats if law enforcement is ever informed.
Those who are exhibiting “warning signs” that they may be planning violence, can — at minimum — be interviewed by law enforcement who can move to arrest the person if needed.
As anyone in law enforcement will tell you, you can tell A LOT about a person’s intentions with the answers to just a couple questions.
But they’ll also tell you that no gun control law on the books will ever do a lick of good if law enforcement fails to do its job — like we saw at Parkland, Florida earlier this year.
Gun-grabbers know all of this, but they don’t care.
Their goal is to completely ELIMINATE due process to effectively enable bureaucrats to decide who gets guns and who doesn’t.
The truth is, many candidates for the State House and Senate flat-out REFUSED to answer the Iowa Gun Owners’ Candidate Survey earlier this year because they support so-called ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure Orders,” and didn’t want to go on the record about it.
So with the 2019 session just a few weeks away, my goal is to generate a MOUNTAIN of petitions in opposition to this legislation before the legislature gavels back into session!
But I need your help!
First, please sign the petition that we’ve prepared and submit it back to us right away. This will make sure that your legislators know where you stand on this important issue.
Second, please agree to your most generous contribution so that we can get the word out to as many gun owners as possible about this and get them involved!
Your generosity will help us crank up the heat now, in the critical weeks ahead of session.
Don’t think that just because the legislature hasn’t gaveled in for the year that we can sit back and relax — we can’t!
Since the election, the legislature has met to hold leadership elections and for caucus. It’s these meetings that often decide which bills are going to move once the legislature actually gavels in.
That’s why I’m counting on your action and financial support.
I know I’ve asked a lot of you this year. But you know just how high the stakes are today with gun-grabbers on the attack.
I know that’s a lot to ask for. It may or may not be a big stretch for you right now.
But this legislation is spreading like wild fire in ‘red states’ all over the country. And with Rep. Matt Windshitl pushing this in the Iowa House, this bill may move very quickly!
So if $100 is just too much (I certainly understand if it is,) would you please agree to $50 or at least $25 today?
Republicans and Democrats from all over the country think we can end gun violence if we just let BILLIONAIRE Michael Bloomberg turn our state into the next New York, Maryland or California.
If you disagree, you need to say so right away.
Iowa Gun Owners
P.S. Republicans all over the country are caving on “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation orders.
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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.