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OneWound
September 4, 2013, 09:06 PM
Getting Iowa to allow it's residents to own Class III weapons. What do you think would be the best way to go about it?

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MErl
September 4, 2013, 09:16 PM
Start with suppressors to get people used to the evil NFA word.

You'd have to have someone that would be willing to drive it thorough the legislature. You'd also probably need a large public education campaign to counter the inevitable backlash from the antis. Most don't even know things like that are legal. Perhaps your state shooting society would be willing to take up that cause.

But that is just my swag at where to even start on such a thing.

AlexanderA
September 5, 2013, 01:53 AM
First of all, don't make a public campaign. This is one of those areas in which a lot of publicity would be counterproductive.

Approach legislators individually and quietly. Point out to them that NFA items are highly regulated by the federal government, and that state-level laws are just a redundancy. Once a few of them are convinced, get them to attach a rider to some other legislation.

jim243
September 5, 2013, 07:50 AM
What do you think would be the best way to go about it?

Run for Governor of that State or State Senator.

Jim

OneWound
September 5, 2013, 09:18 PM
First of all, don't make a public campaign. This is one of those areas in which a lot of publicity would be counterproductive.

Approach legislators individually and quietly. Point out to them that NFA items are highly regulated by the federal government, and that state-level laws are just a redundancy. Once a few of them are convinced, get them to attach a rider to some other legislation.
And when you say individually, do you mean with letters? Also, does approaching the governor hurt?

AlexanderA
September 6, 2013, 09:24 PM
And when you say individually, do you mean with letters? Also, does approaching the governor hurt?

No, I mean groups of one or two activists should have face-to-face sit-down meetings with known pro-2A legislators and explain the Class III situation. There are plenty of good talking points, starting with the fact that this area is highly regulated by the federal government and state-level laws are a needless redundancy. Also point out that almost no crimes have been committed with these items.

I think that the governor is a bit too high-profile to be approached in this way. He's also more likely to get blowback on an issue like this. Lobby the governor after you get something passed through the legislature and it's awaiting his signature.

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