Had a great time at the Iowa Gun Owners (IGO) first ever state get together today near Iowa Falls. Aaron Dorr, the Executive Director of IGO, is a great guy and a very articulate advocate for gun rights in the state (he reminds me of the guy who plays Detective Batista on "Dexter"). He educated me about a number of issues currently before the legislature. Also talked with Iowa legislators Kent Sorenson and Jason Schultz who are both very libertarian in their thinking (even if they are Republicans!), and both of which have great chances to win their elections in the Fall. Iowa Gun Owners got the "shall issue" law passed this past legislative session which takes away the arbitrary power of county sheriffs to decide who may or may not get a concealed carry permit. The IGO wants to pass a true "right to carry" law next legislative session that would allow all Iowans to openly carry a gun without having to get a permit, and I wish them the best of luck. In the "freedom movement" at large, gun rights groups have always been far more effective than any other "issues" organization, and I wish we could make as much progress on giving our citizens the freedom to smoke marijuana as has been made with firearm freedom. I had a blast shooting an M3 semi-automatic rifle at the IGO event, and although I've never liked guns because of the noise, I found today that if you put on enough ear protection, shooting is really fun!
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