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April 19, 2013

Iowa Firearms Coalition president to address Republicans

Iowa Firearms Coalition President Jeff Burkett is scheduled to speak to the Marion County Republican Central Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m.

Burkett has been with the IFC, an organization designed to protect and advance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans, for six years. He told the Journal-Express that he intends to discuss Iowa’s restrictions on this Constitutional right.

Much of his time is spent at the Capitol, lobbying. The IFC is an affiliate of the National Rifle Association, another organization with which he works closely.

Burkett’s concern with Iowa’s firearms restrictions are that the state does not protect those who need to defend themselves. He believes firearms should only be used against others in self-defense, and that most Iowa gun owners do not fire their weapons without thinking ahead. Violent criminals do not, and he believes they should not be the only ones with access to weapons.

Though Tuesday’s meeting is one of the Republican Party, Burkett said he would welcome anyone who would like to question, discuss or learn more about the IFC, NRA and how to protect the Second Amendment while keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

“I’d invite any Democrats, or anybody,” Burkett said.

The meeting will be held at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum. For more information, visit

The Republicans will also welcome Secretary of State Matt Schultz on May 28.

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