The proposed constitutional 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.”
The Republican-led Iowa Legislature passed the measure in 2019. If the House and Senate pass it again this year or next year, the proposed constitutional amendment will go on the ballot in 2022 so all voters can weigh in.
Republican lawmakers and the Iowa Firearms Coalition say the constitutional amendment is needed to protect the state against any future attempts to restrict gun ownership.
“It’s because those who for nearly a century so successfully weaponized the courts to remove constitutional restrictions on government—vastly expanding its powers while throttling individual liberty—now refuse to accept court decisions that make it clear the constitution limits government, not the people,” said Richard Rogers, a lobbyist for the Iowa Firearms Coalition.
But this proposal goes further than the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by specifying that gun restrictions will be subject to the highest standard of review used by courts to determine if laws are constitutional.
— Katarina Sostaric in Gun Rights Constitutional Amendment Advances In Iowa House