Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

The NRA Pursuing Continued Success During Iowa’s 2012 Legislative Session!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Today, Iowa’s 84th General Assembly will convene and the NRA, with support from Iowa Firearms Coalition, the Iowa Rifle and Pistol Association, Iowa Sportsman’s Federation, and other pro-gun activists, will pursue continued success with a pro-gun reform agenda to make Iowa a leading pro-Second Amendment state.  The following is a list of some of the NRA’s top legislative priorities in the Hawkeye State in 2012:

Iowa Right to Keep and Bear Arms State Constitutional Amendment

This proposed constitutional amendment would provide Iowa – one of only six states without a state constitutional provision protecting the right to keep and bear arms – the strongest and most comprehensive firearm rights protection of any state, guaranteeing our Right to Keep and Bear Arms for future generations.  The process of amending the state constitution with these protections would require passage of the legislation in two separate general assemblies followed by ratifications by voters on the ballot.  

“The right of individuals to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms for defense of life and liberty and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental and shall not be denied or infringed.  Mandatory licensing, registration, or special taxation as a condition of the exercise of this right is prohibited, and any other restriction shall be subject to strict scrutiny.

Please click the following link for an overview of states that have state constitutional protections for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms:  www.nraila.org/maps/skba.jpg

“Shall-Issue” Carry Reform

As of January 1, 2011, Iowa became a “shall-issue” state and has one of the strongest shall-issue statutes in the country.  The NRA’s shall-issue law proved to be a great success, the Des Moines Register reported nearly 95,000 Iowans are now exercising their rights – up from approximately 39,000 in 2010.

Please click the following link for the Des Moines Register story:  www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20111223/NEWS/312230040/-Unbelievable-rise-in-weapons-permits

In an effort to continue expanding the rights of carry permit holders, the NRA is proposing a number of changes including removing burdensome Department of Natural Resources provisions (e.g. prohibiting carrying while on recreational vehicles or while archery hunting); making permit holder information confidential; improving the recognition of Iowa’s permits by allowing the Department of Public Safety to enter in to reciprocity agreements; removing the burdensome and unnecessary retraining requirement; and expanding on the criteria to satisfy the initial training requirement.

“Personal and Family Defense Act”

The proposed legislation would allow Iowans to defend themselves and their families—removing a person’s duty to retreat—from any place they have the legal right to be.  It would provide improved protections for individuals in their home, place of business, or vehicle. Additionally, any Iowan who used justifiable force could not be held civilly or criminally liable. 

Firearms Preemption Reform

Upon passage of the new shall-issue law, some counties in Iowa sought to ban firearms from public properties including parks - effectively denying your ability to protect yourself outside your home.  Fortunately, Iowa has a firearm preemption law that prohibits counties from passing ordinances that are more restrictive than state law.  However, the preemption statute needs to be strengthened to prevent current and future attempts to circumvent the law.  The proposed legislation, crafted on the NRA’s successful preemption statute in Florida, rests the sole authority on these matters with the state legislature and prevents a rights-infringing patchwork of local ordinances.

Please click the following link for an overview of the NRA’s position on the firearms preemption violations: www.nraila.org/media/PDFs/IAFirearmPreemptionLtr_Keokuk_.pdf

Emergency Powers Reform

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, local authorities in New Orleans, Louisiana confiscated firearms from lawful owners who had no other means of protection during one of America’s worst natural disasters.  Since the passage of Louisiana’s “emergency powers” legislation, approximately 31 states have passed similar legislation.  The NRA’s proposed language would prevent any state or local authority from confiscating any firearms during a state of emergency—a necessary safeguard for all Iowans.

Please click the following link for an overview of state’s that have “emergency powers” statutes: www.nraila.org/maps/ep.jpg

Preventing the Ban on Traditional Ammunition

Last August, the Administrative Rules Committee met to review the Natural Resource Commission's (NRC) final rule for Iowa's first dove hunting season in nearly a century.  By a 9-1 bipartisan vote, legislators overwhelmingly rejected the NRC's underhanded attempt – after the lead-issue was resoundingly rejected by the full Iowa House – to include a statewide traditional ammunition ban in the final dove rule.  The vote allowed for a "session-delay" of the lead ammunition ban, meaning the legislature will have to act during this legislative session to remove the ban from the final dove hunting rule.  

It is important to note that no population-level impacts on doves or other species have been shown to result from the use of traditional ammunition and the NRC seemed to be relying on emotion and politics rather than sound science.  There were reports of involvement of some national anti-hunting groups that would like nothing more than to see hunter numbers decline with a traditional ammunition ban.  The NRA will be working with a bipartisan coalition of legislators and organizations to protect traditional ammunition.

Please continue to visit www.nraila.org for additional information and updates on the above legislation.

TRENDING NOW
Your Members of Congress Need to Hear from You on the Hearing Protection Act of 2017

News  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Your Members of Congress Need to Hear from You on the Hearing Protection Act of 2017

On Monday, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) – joined by co-sponsors Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Rand Paul (R-KY) – introduced S. 59, the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (HPA). Similar legislation was introduced in the ...

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

News  

Friday, January 13, 2017

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

On January 3rd, Congressman Richard Hudson (R-N.C.8th) introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which simply allows lawful firearm carriers from any state to carry a concealed firearm in any other state. The bill ...

Supreme Court Asked to Review California’s Restrictive Carry Regime

News  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Supreme Court Asked to Review California’s Restrictive Carry Regime

On Thursday, the NRA-supported case Peruta v. California took an important step towards restoring the right to bear arms in California.  The plaintiffs in the case, California gun owners and the California Rifle and Pistol ...

Alert: WA State Proposes Draconian Gun Ban Bills

News  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Alert: WA State Proposes Draconian Gun Ban Bills

Inspired, perhaps, by Oscar Wilde (“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess”), Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced two new sweeping gun control bills, with Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) and Rep. ...

The NRA Bids Farewell to Roy Innis, Civil Rights Champion: June 6, 1934 – Jan. 8, 2017

News  

Friday, January 13, 2017

The NRA Bids Farewell to Roy Innis, Civil Rights Champion: June 6, 1934 – Jan. 8, 2017

America lost a civil rights icon and a true free thinker with the death of Roy Innis on Jan. 8. For the NRA, his departure was personal. Mr. Innis served on the NRA’s Board of ...

Increase in Violent Crime: National Trend Driven by Local Politics?

News  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Increase in Violent Crime: National Trend Driven by Local Politics?

The FBI released its Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report earlier this week and the bad news is that violent crime increased for the second consecutive year.

NRA Applauds the Introduction of the Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 367

News  

Hunting  

Monday, January 9, 2017

NRA Applauds the Introduction of the Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 367

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded Congressmen Jeff Duncan (SC) and John Carter (TX-31) on Monday for introducing the Hearing Protection Act, an important bill that gives gun owners and sportsmen ...

Jeff Sessions’ Devotion to the Constitution Shines Through in Contentious Confirmation Hearing

News  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Jeff Sessions’ Devotion to the Constitution Shines Through in Contentious Confirmation Hearing

On January 10 and 11, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held the confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for United States Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Throughout his distinguished career in public service, ...

Virginia: Senate Committee to Hear Numerous Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Virginia: Senate Committee to Hear Numerous Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, January 18, the Senate Courts of Justice is expected to hear and possibly vote on several firearm-related bills.

Kansas: Bill Introduced Attempting to Repeal Pro-Self-Defense Law

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kansas: Bill Introduced Attempting to Repeal Pro-Self-Defense Law

In 2013, the Kansas Legislature passed the Public Building Security Act, pro-gun legislation that amended the Personal and Family Protection Act. 

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.