State Constitutional Amendment affirming right to keep, bear arms heads to 2022 ballot

State Constitutional Amendment affirming right to keep, bear arms heads to 2022 ballot

Iowa State Capitol (Des Moines) — A proposed state constitutional amendment dealing with gun rights will appear on the Iowa ballot in 2022. The State House and Senate both approved language for the proposed amendment for the second time , which makes the measure eligible to go to a statewide vote. Representative Steven Holt — a Republican from Denison — says Iowa is one of only six states that does not include the right to keep and bear arms in its state constitution. “It is the Second Amendment in modern day language, born from the wisdom of experience,” said Holt. “For decades, progressives and those folks who — in the instance of firearms — placed the blame on an inanimate object instead of the person pulling the trigger have assaulted this fundamental right. An honest review of history and the meaning of the words used in the Second Amendment show that our founders believed the right to keep and bear arms was of great importance and was a fundamental right." 300×250 image ad The proposed language says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed and that the state reserves the right to be fundamental. The resolution would also require any gun restrictions to be subject to strict scrutiny in the courts. State Senator Dan Dawson — a Republican from Council Bluffs and a law enforcement officer — says the amendment is necessary to prevent future lawmakers or judges from infringing on firearms rights. "What we […]

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