‘Red flag’ gun-control proposal is a recipe for decreased safety and less freedom

'Red flag' gun-control proposal is a recipe for decreased safety and less freedom

In 2016, Brownells opened a 7,000 square-foot retail space on Interstate Highway 80 near Grinnell to sell firearms and accessories. Even the American Civil Liberties Union says legislation like this is an affront to individual rights and due process. Because firearms have been a positive part of my family’s life in Iowa for as long as I can remember, I am shocked to see New York-style gun control bills coming to our state. My grandfather was a gunsmith and my father shot on the Army Marksmanship Unit. My sister and I were both “brass rats,” which means we picked up our father’s brass, and when we got big enough we pulled targets for him. Today I own the Davenport Guns and Shooting Club, where I share my passion for the shooting sports and firearms training. Over the years, I’ve watched countless women gain self-confidence as they learn how to protect themselves and their families with a firearm. The last thing these women want is an out-of-state billionaire telling them what to do. But that’s exactly what New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is trying to do. Bloomberg’s group Everytown for Gun Safety is buying $250,000 in television ads in Iowa to pressure lawmakers into adopting his “red flag” measure — a dangerous gun control scheme that would leave law-abiding Iowans defenseless. Under House File 2367 , a “red flag” measure, anyone could lose their Second Amendment rights as a result of baseless accusations and have no opportunity to defend themselves […]

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