Saturday, April 5, 2014

Iowa Gun Shows, April 2014

April 5-6, Wilton Community Center, Wilton

April 11-13, Iowa State Fairgrounds at Des Moines

April 25-27, Westfair at Council Bluffs 

*** I get this list from the link below and other searches and I can't guarantee the accuracy of the list. If anyone notices a show that needs to be corrected or added, please let me know in the comments.

For more details go to Iowa Gun Shows


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The legislative session is a bust

The Iowa Statehouse - Where legislation goes to die

Nothing substantial has come from Des Moines this session, not that many had very high hopes of any action this time around.

For instance, HF 2116 (a bill protecting private information) passed subcommittee and then withdrawn a couple of weeks later.

Or how about HF2012 (lowering the acceptable age for handgun handling)? Passed subcommittee and promptly went nowhere.

Despite some procedural wrangling on Constitutional Carry that also went nowhere, we so-far note a lack of pro-freedom legislation from the statehouse.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Science is Settled!

Because some politician says so.

Like a traveling snake-oil salesman, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island (Democrat - what else) came to Des Moines to lecture Iowans on what is the most important issue, first and foremost, forever and ever, amen: "climate change."
“I want to work with you to make sure Iowa is sending a strong message to every single presidential candidate that shows their face here: If you’re going to be credible in Iowa, you’ve got to be credible on climate change,” said Whitehouse, who received a round of applause from the more than 100 lawmakers and Iowans in attendance at his Statehouse discussion.
"Credible" - good one there, senator. More likely 100 gullible sycophants willing to lap up anything the guy said. Whitehouse must be an expert since he's a senator from a big important state from the East.

Attributed as saying, "climate change is an unquestionable fact" he must not be reading anything posted by Borepatch to the contrary. After that, he listed doomsday scenarios that have will kill us all, like blown tires because the temperature raised one-tenth of a degree in 10 centuries.

Nah, just the usual "oceans will rise", "big companies are liars", "you ordinary citizens are too stupid to understand" and "skeptics should be excommunicated, jailed or flogged."

Okay, maybe that wasn't clearly stated in the article, but seriously, go read Borepatch. He's compiled more rebuttals that deserve to be read.

Keep wasting time on climate change Dems, maybe a few gullible folks will buy into it.

Senator Whitehouse in Des Moines:

"It's all man's fault. And Republicans. And big business. It's propaganda to deny this!"

Friday, February 28, 2014

JPFO is recommending all gun owners in Illinois leave the state

JPFO has information on an proposed bill in the Illinois statehouse, HB4715. A registration scheme for every firearm in the state. This would be more draconian than Connecticut or New York.

Go to the JPFO alert, Illinois Attacks Freedom! Every Gun Maker & Gun Owner Should Leave Illinois Now!

Hi$ Spring Sportsman's Auction, March 1 and 2, 2014

Hi$ Auction has their spring semi-annual auction this coming weekend.

I'll try to get there, but if you can't, they do have a Proxybid option.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Iowa Gun Shows, March 2014

Feb 28-March 2, Keokuk County Expo Fairgrounds at Sigourney

Feb 28-March 2, McGregory Landing at McGregor

Feb 28-March 2, Cass County Fairgrounds at Atlantic

Feb 28-March 2, 5 Brothers Center, Waterloo

March 1-2, Greene County Fairgrounds at Jefferson

March 1-2, North Iowa Events Center at Mason City

March 7-9, Central Iowa Fairgrounds at Marshalltown

March 14-16, Iowa State Fairgrounds at Des Moines

March 21-23, Hawkeye Downs at Cedar Rapids

March 22-23, Adair County Fairgrounds at Greenfield

March 22-23, Spirit Lake Expo, Spirit Lake 

A busy month for gun shows and a chance to get to at least one of them.

*** I get this list from the link below and other searches and I can't guarantee the accuracy of the list. If anyone notices a show that needs to be corrected or added, please let me know in the comments.

For more details go to Iowa Gun Shows

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Gov. Branstad stands up to US Attorney General

Iowa Governor, Terry Branstad, stood up to US Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday over Holder's comments regarding his opinion that felons should be able to vote after they serve their sentence. (No word about his concern that felons should be able to have their 2nd Amendment rights restored after they serve their sentences.) The money quote:
“I’m disappointed that the attorney general of the United States who also was involved in that ‘Fast and Furious’ project to give guns to drug smugglers in Mexico would criticize Iowa without even knowing the Iowa Constitution,”
In other words: "Stick it."

I'm curious that Branstad would use that dig against the AG. While viewing this report on the TV they hoisted a typical barb from the Iowa Democrat party: whining about the drive to require IDs to vote. (No word about the requirement to provide an ID in order to purchase a firearm from a dealer.)

Democrats always provide the best hypocrisy.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Legislative update, prohibiting personal information disclosure

HF2116 is working its way through committee - "An Act prohibiting the disclosure of personal information except under specified circumstances and providing penalties."

First reading is that this law would apply to counties who have been providing gun permit information to local news agencies. As expected, the Iowa Newspaper Association is against this, coupled with the Attorney Generals' office and the School Administrators of Iowa.

It provides penalties for data breaches, and requires agencies to notify Iowans if they disclose information and get permission.

There's some positive sections in this bill and requires some further research.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Legislative update, Lowering the age of handgun possession

HF2012 passed the House Public Safety subcommittee on January 30. This bill lowers the age to 12 from 14 for a youth to possess a handgun without adult supervision.

Current law would penalize parents if a child under 14 has access or is in possession of an unsecured pistol or revolver. This would lower that age to under 12. There may have been cases where parents were charged without an incident occurring, typically this law has been used to charge parents after a tragedy has already taken place.

Although the Iowa Police Association is for it, those Methodist are firmly against it.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New legislation for our Illinois neighbors

IL State Rep. Kelly Cassidy introduces a gun registration Act: HB4715 aka the Firearms Registration Act
Provides that every person in the State must register each firearm he or she owns or possesses in accordance with the Act. Provides that a person shall not purchase or possess ammunition within this State without having first obtained a registration certificate identifying a firearm that is suitable for use with that ammunition, or a receipt demonstrating that the person has applied to register a suitable firearm under the Act and that the application is pending.
Thanks to Kurt Hofmann for the heads up.