What you need to know about the pro-gun constitutional amendment the Iowa Legislature is approving

What you need to know about the pro-gun constitutional amendment the Iowa Legislature is approving

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President Donald Trump spoke at the NRA’s annual convention in Dallas Friday, telling supporters the Second Amendment will "never be under siege" as long as he is president. (May 4) AP Iowa lawmakers are working to pass an amendment that would add pro-gun language to the state constitution after a mistake caused them to start their work over this year. In an emotional debate in the Iowa Senate Wednesday, Republicans argued adding the language to the Iowa Constitution would protect gun ownership as a fundamental right. Democrats warned that the measure — which goes further than the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — could endanger existing laws and make it harder to pass new legislation regulating guns. The amendment passed the Iowa Senate Wednesday on a 33-16 vote. The Iowa House was also expected to approve the same language on Wednesday. What does the proposed amendment say? The text of the proposed amendment reads: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. 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." Wait, Iowa doesn’t have a Second Amendment? Iowa is one of six states that does not have Second Amendment protections in their state constitutions. But the proposed amendment would go further than those other states. It would make Iowa only the fourth state to have "strict scrutiny" language on guns as […]

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