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IA – GUN RIGHTS – Iowa voters will decide gun-rights constitutional amendment in 2022

Iowans will vote on a constitutional amendment protecting the right to bear arms in 2022. The proposed language of the 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.” Both chambers of the Iowa Legislature voted in favor of the “Keep and Bear Arms Amendment” on Thursday, clearing the way for Iowans to vote on the amendment in 2022. If a majority of Iowans vote in favor, it will be added to the state constitution.“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness cannot be separated from the right to defend their life, hence the fundamental right to keep and bear arms in our Second Amendment,” said Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison, who led House debate.In order to amend the state constitution, a proposal must be approved by both chambers in two consecutive general assemblies.The Legislature passed the Keep and Bear Arms amendment in both 2018 and 2019, but a bureaucratic error prevented the proposal from appearing on ballots in 2020.Third time’s the charmThe Iowa Senate advanced the measure in a 29-18 vote Thursday morning, Jan. 28. The House of Representatives passed it 58-41 on Thursday evening. [full article]

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