2012 Year in Review
At the beginning of 2012 IFC and the NRA announced our key legislative agenda items and we were proud to see unprecedented progress on significant issues.
The IFC/NRA sponsored Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment passed through the Iowa House. This was an important step that held great promise for Iowans, but unfortunately the Senate was unwilling to take up the resolution.
IFC and the NRA worked closely on a bill with Rep. Matt Windschitl (who also attended and spoke at our 2A Rally this year) which would provide Iowans strong Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine improvements. This IFC/NRA backed bill also passed the Iowa House, but was killed in the Senate when Sen. Gene Fraise (D-46) refused to move the bill in committee.
Lastly, IFC and the NRA fought diligently throughout the 2012 legislative session to nullify the Natural Resource Commission's illegitimate and nonsensical rule banning the use of lead shot during Iowa's new dove hunting season. In coordination with various sportsmen's groups, our committee testimony and lobbying efforts succeeded in the House and in the Senate's Natural Resources Committee. However, once again the full Senate was not permitted to debate the matter.
Ultimately, IFC and NRA were proud to work with the Office of the Governor on a solution spearheaded by Legal Counsel Brenna Findley that allowed Gov. Branstad to overturn this decision by executive order.
Seeing this rule overturned was a big victory for IFC and the NRA. We fought this illegally implemented rule from the beginning, recognizing that it was the camel's nose in the tent and would lead to further lead bans in the future.
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