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Iowa – We Did It! We Flipped The State Senate!!!

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Iowa – -(Ammoland.com)-Iowans – We did it.

After YEARS of being jerked around in the Iowa Senate we’ve completed a major overhaul!

  • Mike Gronstal has been defeated.
  • Steve Sodders has been defeated.
  • Mary Jo Wilhelm has been defeated.
  • Brian Shoenjahn has been defeated.
  • Chris Brase has been defeated.

The roadblock Senate Democrats who’ve stood in the way of pro-Second Amendment legislation here in Iowa are gone.

Iowa Pro Gun Bills Blocked
Iowa Pro Gun Bills Blocked

Time after time we’ve watched our bills pass through the Iowa House of Representatives with ease. We’ve watched Republicans and Democrats in the House support our efforts, only to watch the Democrats who controlled the Iowa Senate refuse to allow votes on our bills.

Well guess what, Iowans want lawmakers who do their jobs and last night the people of Iowa have sent a crystal clear message to the Iowa Senate. It’s time for change!

The Iowa Firearms Coalition is proud to have been a driving force for change here in Iowa. We’ve been saying it for quite some time now… IFC set out to flip the Senate so that we can better protect and enhance the Second Amendment in Iowa, but also because Iowans deserve lawmakers who’ll do their jobs and actually vote on the bills put before them.

We’ve run hundreds of commercials in key Senate races. Our volunteers knocked thousands of doors in toss-up races. Our members were there, on the ground, doing the yeoman’s work and most importantly getting results! We could have taken the easy route. We could have made a few token moves here and there and then try to claim credit for flipping the Senate, but that’s not who we are. IFC and our members were there, in the trenches fighting and working and making things happen, and those in know will confirm it.

Iowa legislators take note, Iowa’s Second Amendment advocates cannot, and will not be ignored!

We’re proud to say that the Iowa Firearms Coalition this state’s most effective Second Amendment advocates. We’ve legalized suppressors. Brought you Shall Issue. Legalized ATV carry. Introduced the concept of Stand Your Ground to Iowa. And for years we’ve defeated numerous gun control bills with your help. Now we can add flipping the Iowa Senate to our resume. Thank you for your help Iowans!

Remember, the Iowa Firearms Coalition is a non-partisan organization. Legislators, respect your constituents right to keep and bear arms, and we’ll have no problems. Look at the Iowa House of Representatives, we have numerous allies on both sides of the aisle. In the Senate we’ve faced a much different situation, the Senate Democrat leadership effectively forced our hand with their refusal to allow votes on our bills. And as numerous lawmakers discovered tonight, you cannot brush us aside.

Congrats to Iowa’s newly elected legislators. You’ve worked hard, we’re happy to welcome you to the capitol and the Iowa Firearms Coalition and our members genuinely look forward working with you.

To our volunteers, to those who were out there knocking doors, passing out literature, working booths, YOU are the ones who made this happen. We’ve got lots and lots of supporters, but you, the ones out there doing work should take pride in knowing that you were the ones who answered the call. You’ve moved mountains in the Iowa legislature. We hope you feel proud of that fact, because we’re extremely proud to count you as members of the IFC family. The words ‘thank you’ don’t begin describe how appreciative we are.

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You’ve moved mountains in the Iowa legislature. We hope you feel proud of that fact, because we’re extremely proud to count you as members of the IFC family. The words ‘thank you’ don’t begin describe how appreciative we are.

Finally, to gun owners throughout Iowa, this is NOT the end. In fact, this is actually step one. We’ve moved the roadblocks, but we’re just starting the journey. Nothing is guaranteed and we need to you help us ensure we that we can continue to protect and enhance the Second Amendment here in Iowa. This means continuing to make phone calls and emails and visits with your legislators. If you’re not an IFC member already, look at what we’ve accomplished. Now’s a great time to get on board with Iowa’s most effective Second Amendment advocates. Join IFC and help make things happen in Iowa.

We’ve made a lot of changes in the Iowa legislature tonight, but one thing remains constant: we must stay vigilant, we must be ready to act, we must continue to work.

You’ve come to expect the best from the Iowa Firearms Coalition, and as we move forward expect to see LOTS more from IFC.


Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.

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