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.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Hoplophobic Iowa Methodists

While reviewing HF2012 I looked up the lobbyists declarations and counted a half dozen "Against" declarations from people representing the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Currently children 14 and under must be under supervision of someone at least 21 years old while in possession of a pistol or revolver, or ammunition that can be used in a pistol or revolver. HF 2012 would lower the age to 12.

Apparently the Methodists don't care for that.

I think it would be best if the parents decided what age is appropriate but I think the motivation behind this legislation is to reduce prosecutions if a 14 year old kid is in their home alone and a handgun is somewhere in the house.

What is the motivations behind the Methodists?

In their 2013 Book of Resolutions the conference thinks a good idea to reinstate the so-called "Assault Weapon Ban".  
9337 Reinstate Ban of Assault Weapons(1995, 2005)
WHEREAS: The ban on assault weapons has expired;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That the Iowa Annual Conference calls upon the United States Congress to reinstate the ban on the sale of assault weapons and not to weaken or overturn the Brady Gun Control Law.
REVIEW BY: Board of Church and Society
 And they are against private sales of firearms by supporting getting rid of the misnamed "Gun Show Loophole"
9336. Gun Show Loophole(2003)
WHEREAS: A loophole in federal law allows firearm transfers between unlicensed individuals without a background check or record of sales (secondary sales), and 30-40% offirearm sales are estimated to take place at secondary markets, andWHEREAS: The majority of secondary sales occur at gun shows, allowing persons in prohibited categories to purchase guns without a background check or record of sale; THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That the Iowa Annual Conference urges the Iowa
General Assembly to support the following requirements: 
a) that firearm sales between unlicensed individuals at gun shows be conducted through a federally licensed gun dealer to meet all federal and state laws, i.e., background check and sale recorded on federal form 4473; 
b) that the gun show promoter shall provide one or more federally - licensed gun dealers to conduct said background checks on the premises;
c) that these requirements shall apply to any part of the transaction taking place at a gun show. (It shall be illegal for someone to make an offer to purchase a firearm from an unlicensed individual, then take possession off - site); and
d) that violators are committing an aggravated misdemeanor.
REVIEW BY: Board of Church and Society
Am I incorrect in the assumption that tax-exempt organizations aren't supposed to be involved in political activity lest they lose such status?