Iowa Legislators Move to Amending State Constitution To Protect The Right To Bear Arms

Kirsters Baish| The February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida sparked perhaps the largest gun control debate our country has ever seen. Lawmakers in the state of Iowa used the shooting to take a different approach than liberal states did when refining gun laws.

The Des Moines Register reported that Iowa state legislators came up with a resolution in early March which people are hoping will wind up in a ballot measure which would allow citizens to vote for a “right to bear arms” to be put into the Iowa Constitution.

Lawmakers in both the State House and Senate talked about their opinions on the solution. The debate was intense, then both chambers voted in order to push the legislation.

The language used in the resolution claims that the state “affirms and recognizes” the constitutional right that is the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms.

The state of Iowa feels that the Second Amendment “shall not be infringed.” They may very well become the fourth sate to impose “strict scrutiny” on any effort to try and restrict citizens’ gun ownership.

Western Journal reported:

That phrase caused much of the consternation among opponents of the measure, with several Democrats suggesting a new amendment could present additional hurdles in efforts to require permits or improve background checks.

One of his Republican counterparts felt that demographics to gun violence had more to do with it rather than actual physical access to guns.

State Senator Julian Garrett stated, “In the big majority of counties around the United States, there are no murders, or maybe one in a given year. It is only in concentrated areas where we have these murders.”