Pro-gun Constitutional amendment goes to Iowa voters, though opponents call it dangerous

Pro-gun Constitutional amendment goes to Iowa voters, though opponents call it dangerous

Iowa voters will have the final say whether the state’s Constitution includes a right to bear arms amendment. DES MOINES, Iowa – (Iowa’s News Now) — Iowans can expect to see a proposed amendment to the Iowa Constitution in their 2022 ballots. Iowa lawmakers passed a joint resolution, which adds language about the right to keep and bear arms , in the House and Senate January 28th. The resolution was also passed in 2019 , clearing two general assemblies as required, which now sends the proposed amendment to voters. The passage comes after more than a decade of work by advocates like the Iowa Firearms Coalition. "It came to our attention that Iowa is only one of six states that doesn’t have a state constitutional protection for the right to keep and bear arms," IFC board member and volunteer lobbyist Richard Rogers says. "So we began to look at what we could do about that." That was in 2010. Rogers is pleased that after all their work, a "backstop" could be put in place to assure Iowans of their second amendment right no matter what happens on a federal level. "There are people right now who don’t like to see full expression of the second amendment and maybe some other rights and they are talking seriously about packing the [Supreme] court," Rogers says. He adds that it was only in 2010 that the highest court declared the second amendment extends to state and local governments. There’s one line in […]

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