Iowans will have to campaign around a potential pro-gun amendment in 2022

Iowans will have to campaign around a potential pro-gun amendment in 2022

Guns are displayed at Scheels in Coralville on Tuesday, April 11. The Iowa House recently accepted the stand-your-ground-provision, an amendment to HF 517, which permits an individual to use deadly force when their life is in danger. In 2022, Iowa politicos and other advocacy groups will not only be campaigning for seats in the Legislature, but also for the fate of a potential amendment to Iowa’s constitution that would make the right to bear arms a fundamental right. While Iowa voters can find the amendment proposal on their November 2022 ballots and experts are expecting advocacy money to pour in from across the state to advertise it, University of Iowa law Professor Todd Pettys said that voters often don’t even make it all the way to the final questions on their ballots. “People really only want to vote for the major seats and having to flip the paper over adds an extra step that people do not want to do,” Pettys said. For more than eight years, Iowa Republicans have fought to amend the Iowa Constitution to apply strict scrutiny over the right to bear arms. If voters pass this amendment, then courts will have to apply a higher standard to proposed laws regarding gun rights. Richard Rogers, a volunteer and board member for the Iowa Firearms Coalition, said that the Iowa Firearms Coalition, along with the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights activist groups, will spend the next two years campaigning and persuading the public in favor of […]

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