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Iowa Right to Keep and Bear Arms - Constitutional Amendment 

"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."

Why should I Vote Yes on 1?

  • Iowa is one of six states that does not guarantee the right to keep and bear arms in their state Constitution. The others are California, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York.
  • Iowa’s Constitution lacks any form of protection for your Second Amendment rights and leaves you unprotected against the whims of judges and politicians who think you shouldn’t have the right to own and use a firearm.
  • Iowa is on the verge of passing a historic level of protection for the right to keep and bear arms.
  • An opportunity for you to build an iron wall around your Second Amendment freedoms and protect them from activist anti-gun judges.
  • If accepted by the voters on November 8, Iowa would have one of the strongest state protections of the right to keep and bears arms nationwide.

What is “Strict Scrutiny?”

  • Strict scrutiny is the highest level of legal protection for a constitutional right.
  • This level of protection is reserved for rights that are deemed “fundamental” (e.g. free speech and right to vote).
  • For decades, anti-gun judges and lawyers have fought tirelessly against application of “strict scrutiny” to our fundamental Second Amendment rights.
  • By requiring courts to apply strict scrutiny in all challenges under the proposed amendment, the right to keep and bear arms will be given the highest level of protection possible in the Hawkeye State.


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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.