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Gun Related Amendment to the Iowa Constitution on the Ballot

Early voting for Iowa’s General Election began last week and a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution is on the back of the ballot.
Richard Rogers of the Iowa Firearms Coalition says gun rights advocates began lobbying for it 12 years ago, after they realized Iowa is one of only six states without state level constitutional protection of the right to keep and bear arms. The amendment says any gun restrictions would have to be judged by a legal standard called strict scrutiny. Rogers says the U.S. Supreme Court set up an even tougher legal standard in a ruling this summer.

Critics say if this state constitutional amendment is adopted, it will be nearly impossible to pass new gun safety measures in Iowa. Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner has joined Iowans for Responsible Gun Laws, a coalition of 30 different groups.

The only other states with similar constitutional amendments are Alabama, Missouri and Louisiana.


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