Pro-gun constitution amendment passes Iowa Legislature

Pro-gun constitution amendment passes Iowa Legislature

A constitutional amendment concerning the right to bear arms has passed the Iowa Legislature. Both houses of the Iowa Legislature on Thursday approved in party-line votes an amendment that would enshrine pro-gun language affirming the right to bear arms in the Iowa Constitution. The language of the amendment is written similarly to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, with notable and important additional elements. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” the amendment reads . “The sovereign state of Iowa affirms and recognizes this right to be a fundamental individual right. Any and all restrictions of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.” The most impactful portion of the amendment is the final phrase, subjecting gun restrictions to “strict scrutiny,” a legal phrase that carries a very specific meaning. A strict scrutiny test , as opposed to a rational basis test, requires that legislation be narrowly tailored for compelling straight interest, the highest hurdle a law may face when its constitutionality is reviewed by a court. “In a rational basis review, all the court has to do is see if there is a connection between means and ends … and it seems to be that’s enough, and the legislation is sustained,” said Dirk Deam, teaching professor of political science at Iowa State. “In strict scrutiny, the rationale has to be a compelling state interest … meaning that the argument has to be so good that you’re forced to accept it […]

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