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Posted on February 19, 2014
Last week, state Senator Joe Bolkcom (D-43) introduced an egregious anti-gun bill which seeks to impose “universal” background checks on law-abiding gun owners in the Hawkeye State. Senate File 2179 targets and criminalizes the private sale, transfer or loan of any firearm to anyone, even immediate family members, without a background check from a licensed firearms dealer. SF 2179 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee consisting of Senators Robert Hogg (D-33), Julian Garrett (R-13) and Janet Petersen (D-18).
“Universal” background checks do nothing to reduce crime, and will only affect law-abiding gun owners by creating cumbersome mandates and restrictions on the lawful purchase and possession of firearms. It is already illegal to knowingly sell or transfer a firearm to someone classified as a prohibited person, and is a felony for a prohibited person to buy, own or possess a firearm. SF 2179 seeks to make drastic and unnecessary changes to current state firearm laws that will impose unduly restrictions on law-abiding citizens, rather than addressing the true problems associated with illegal straw purchases – lack of enforcement of current law. In addition, a January 2013 internal U.S. Department of Justice memorandum summarizing so-called “gun violence” prevention strategies states that the effectiveness of “universal” background checks depends on “requiring gun registration.”
Your NRA-ILA is diligently opposing this misguided legislation in Des Moines. Please call AND e-mail members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today to express your OPPOSITION to Senate File 2179. Committee members can be reached by calling the central switchboard at (515) 281-3371 and using the e-mail addresses provided below.
Senate Judiciary Committee: Senator Robert Hogg (D-33), Chairmanrob.email@example.com Senator Thomas G. Courtney (D-44), Vice Chairmanthomas.firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Charles Schneider (R-22), Ranking Membercharles.email@example.com Senator Nancy J. Boettger (R-9)firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Robert E. Dvorsky (D-37)email@example.com Senator Julian B. Garrett (R-13)firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Wally E. Horn (D-35)email@example.com Senator Janet Petersen (D-18)firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Herman C. Quirmbach (D-23)email@example.com Senator Steven J. Sodders (D-36)firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Rich Taylor (D-42)email@example.com Senator Jack Whitver (R-19)firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Brad Zaun (R-20)email@example.com
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