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Iowans Overwhelmingly Approve Constitutional Amendment Designating Gun Rights ‘A Fundamental Individual Right’

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A starter fires his pistol at the start of a race at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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While the news out of Oregon isn’t good, Iowa voters administered a firm slap to the face of gun control organizations in Tuesday’s election. By a 2 to 1 margin they voted to safeguard the right to keep and bear arms, designating it “a fundamental individual right.”

Hawkeye State voters approved a proposed amendment to the Iowa State Constitution that not only reaffirms the federal Second Amendment, it also establishes that any gun control laws shall be viewed with strict scrutiny by Iowa courts.

KCRG reports on the passage of the measure. . .

Voters in Iowa have chosen to amend the state’s constitution to add extra gun rights protections, as well as putting tighter legal restrictions any efforts to pass a gun control law.

The language of the amendment that was approved by voters reads:

Article I of the Constitution of the State of Iowa is amended by adding the following new section: Right to keep and bear arms. Sec. 1A. 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.

While the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution already provides gun rights to all Americans, many other states have adopted similar language to their constitutions. The new amendment to the Iowa Constitution adds the “strict scrutiny” legal standard to judicial review of gun-related laws the state legislature may pass.

The measure marks the 49th Amendment to the Iowa State Constitution.

And while Oregon’s gun control bill narrowly passed, so much of it is so blatantly unconstitutional that the odds of successful challenges are very good.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Congratulations Iowans!

    I am happy to hear that some states strengthened their rights and thus their society in the general election on Tuesday.

    • Yes, We the People of Iowa did and as well turned our state solid RED in regards to the politicians we send to D.C. We also have a solid majority in the state legislature and senate. With more work to do and always remembering that Liberalism is the snake in the grass that must always be kept out of the hen house.

      • Good to hear Darkman.

        I am deeply saddened at the results of the elections in my state. For the first time in 40 years, Democrats now control our state house and Senate. And my state re-elected our Democrat Governor. Far worse: my state enacted a constitutional amendment which guarantees that young children can demand and receive gen-i-tal mutilation surgery (a.k.a. gender-affirming care) and small human fatal mutilation surgery (a.k.a. abortions) without parental knowledge or consent.

        I am also willing to bet the lion’s share of my net worth that my state will soon offer tax-funded abortions with an eye to punishing Conservative voters who oppose killing small human beings in the womb. And I can only begin to imaging the phalanx of firearm ownership and possession restrictions that my state will soon enact now that Democrats have all the levers of power.

        In other words I fully expect that my state will promptly and purposefully become a hostile environment for Conservative-minded people.

      • Since history confirms Gun Control in any shape, matter or form is rooted in racism and genocide it is easy to conclude the only people to ever again be in favor of Gun Control are racist and nazi lint lickers.

  2. The sad thing is that there are enough constituents across the nation (I’m looking at CA, NY, NJ, OR, WA, IL, et al) to keep voting tyrants into office…over and over again.

    • Don’t want to sound like Chicken Little, but, Pelosi may well be Speaker of a 218 Democrat to 217 GOP House next year. Many of the remaining races are waiting on mail-in ballots, which will be likely be overwhelmingly democrat.

    • Americans missed their opportunity to push back against Covid tyranny. In their defense, Republicans were tyrant light during Covid.

  3. “And while Oregon’s gun control bill narrowly passed, so much of it is so blatantly unconstitutional that the odds of successful challenges are very good.”

    Assuming SCOTUS continues to function as intended. I do not think it insignificant that the conservative (ie, sane) members of the Court live surrounded and targeted by neo-maoist (ie, criminally insane) operatives. Or did LEO finally clean that up?

  4. I keep hearing how “extreme” it is that gun laws be required to meet a strict scrutiny standard, like laws concerning religion and speech.

    Am I the only one who thinks that _every_ act of government should meet strict scrutiny?

  5. Seems like a step backward considering that Bruen viewed even strict scrutiny as being insufficient for protection of a fundamental right such as that protected by the 2nd Amendment.

  6. ALMOST PERFECT: Iowa Passes Gun Rights Amendment but with a TWIST… > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8F-GGsmHPY

    “IOWA enacted a constitutional amendment affirming the individual constitutional right to keep and bear arms. GREAT NEWS. But it also added language about Strict Scrutiny to the amendment. Was that smart? We discuss this twist in this video.”

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