DES MOINES, Iowa--With more than 175,000 followers on facebook, the non-profit Iowa Gun Owners organization is using their strong social media presence to make an impact on businesses both for and against advancing second amendment rights in the state of Iowa.
"These are places across the state where everyday Iowans have to disarm themselves before they go spend hard earned money in those stores," said Executive Director Aaron Dorr who regularly posts stories detailing the latest laws and events that have an effect on gun owner's rights. The organization even goes as far as listing an "Anti-gun business of the week post", detailing state businesses that are not gun owner friendly.
This week's post points to northeast Des Moines' Big Dog Billiards, which does not allow weapons inside the pool hall and restaurant. Dorr says the members of Iowa Gun Owners want to be able to protect themselves and their families at all times and not left defenseless. Basically, they are just tired of having their 2nd amendments rights threatened. "We always have a great feedback from gun owners across the state who are fed up and sick and tired of having to not be able to maintain their right to defend themselves in a public venue. After every post like this we get great positive feedback from members and they are happy to frequent places that do support those rights. We have a large response to the post about Big Dogs and I'm sure we will have people go elsewhere to spend those recreational dollars," said Dorr.
Executive Director Dorr says Des Moines establishments such as Jethro's Barbecue and Homemakers Furniture are among the businesses that chose to change their no gun policies after similar instances with the organization. The owner of Big Dog Billiards offered no comment on the situation.
Iowa law does allow gun permit owners to carry in public establishments as long as they are not above the .08 blood alcohol level and as long as the owner allows it.