BURLINGTON, Iowa – The Des Moines County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to make their community Iowa’s 35th Second Amendment Sanctuary County on Tuesday, which was also National Second Amendment Day.
“We are pleased to see yet another county, with one of Iowa’s largest urban areas, become a Second Amendment Sanctuary and we would like to thank Des Moines County’s Supervisors for taking this step today,” Dave Funk, President of Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC), said. “As more counties continue to pass Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions, we are confident a message is being sent to our legislators in Des Moines and Washington that Iowans will not stand for violations against our civil rights.”
Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions at the county level do not supersede federal law but they do prevent local resources from being used to assist the federal government in efforts that violate the Second Amendment.
Iowans Firearms Coalition, an affiliate of both the National Rifle Association and National Shooting Sports Foundations, is a 501(c4) nonprofit organization, has been working with state and local elected officials to protect the right of Iowans to keep and bear arms in the wake of threats by some in Washington, D.C. to support actions which they believe would infringe upon the Second Amendment.
IFC will hold a rally for gun rights supporters all over the state on Thursday from 2-4:30PM, at the Iowa Capitol Building for “Second Amendment Day” to show their support for the right to keep and bear arms, which includes making all of Iowa a Second Amendment Sanctuary State.
Iowa’s Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties, so far, also include: Mitchell, Chickasaw, Pocahontas, Hardin, Carroll, Jasper, Cedar, Washington, Madison, Mills, Adams, Clarke, Humboldt, Kossuth, Ringgold, Buchanan, Van Buren, Winnebago, Decatur, Dallas, Guthrie, Benton, Page, Lucas, Taylor, Union, Hancock, Buena Vista, Pottawattamie, Cherokee, Montgomery, Fremont, Muscatine and Wayne.
An Iowa Senate subcommittee recently advanced a bill that would make entire state a Second Amendment sanctuary, but that particular bill did not survive the first funnel week.
Also, the Iowa Legislature last session approved for the second time a “keep and bear arms” amendment to Iowa’s Constitution that will go before voters in November. The Legislature also passed, and Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill allowing permitless carry within the state.