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Iowa: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment Under Attack in the House Public Safety Committee

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Please Contact the Members of the House Public Safety Committee Today! 

Tomorrow at 2 p.m., the NRA’s proposed Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment—House Study Bill 17 (HSB 17)—will be heard before the House Public Safety Committee.  Anti-gun lawmakers may try to remove or alter parts of this important legislation, so it is important that we strongly voice our support for HSB 17 as introduced.

HSB 17 contains the following language: 

“The right of an individual to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, and use arms to defend life and liberty and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental and inviolable. Licensure, registration, special taxation, or any other measure that suppresses or discourages the free exercise of this right is forbidden.”

HSB 17 would make Iowa the 45th state to provide state protection of the right to “keep and bear arms.”  Four justices—out of nine—on the U.S. Supreme Court did not agree that the Second Amendment provides an individual right to keep and bear arms. If the landmark Second Amendment Supreme Court cases—Heller and McDonald—were ever overturned, having your rights protected in Iowa Constitution is essential.

The terms enshrined in the Second Amendment “keep” and “bear” are also captured in the above provision: acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, and use arms.  Anti-gun members of the House Public Safety Committee are trying to weaken the provision by removing the term “carry.”  By doing so, the provision provides less protection from infringement in Iowa than Americans are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Please contact the following members of the House Public Safety Committee and tell them to respect your constitutional rights and keep “carry” in the provision.

House Public Safety Committee

Representative Clel Baudler (R-58)
clel.baudler@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Tom Shaw (R-8)
Tom.Shaw@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Bob Kressig (D-19)
bob.kressig@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Dwayne Alons (R-4)
dwayne.alons@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Mark Brandenburg (R-100)
mark.brandenburg@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Joel Fry (R-95)
joel.fry@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Chris Hagenow (R-59)
chris.hagenow@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Jarad Klein (R-89)
jarad.klein@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Steven Olson (R-83)
steven.olson@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Henry Rayhons (R-11)
henry.rayhons@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Thomas Sands (R-87)
thomas.sands@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Kurt Swaim (D-94)
kurt.swaim@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative David Tjepkes (R-50)
david.tjepkes@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Matt Windschitl (R-56)
Matt.windschitl@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

Representative Gary Worthan (R-52)
gary.worthan@legis.state.ia.us
515.281.3221

 

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