Iowa: Both Chambers Pass Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment

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U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Wednesday, both chambers of the Iowa General Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution 7 to propose an amendment to the state Constitution affirming and recognizing the right of Iowans’ to keep and bear arms as a fundamental individual right. SJR 7 passed the Senate by a vote of 29-18 and the House by a vote of 58-41.

This has been a multi-year, multi-session effort. In the 2019-2020 General Assembly, both chambers passed a resolution calling for the amendment. Now that SJR 7 has passed during the subsequent session, the 2021-2022 General Assembly, the amendment will be on the ballot for Iowa voters in 2022. Currently, Iowa is one of six states that do not have a right to keep and bear arms amendment in their state Constitution, including California, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York.

NRA would like to thank Senator Brad Zaun, and Representatives Matt Windschitl and Steven Holt for their leadership in passing SJR 7. Their efforts will help protect the rights of Iowans in the future.

If your lawmakers supported SJR 7,  click the “Take Action” link to thank them.


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JNew

This is why a concerted effort to follow our Constitution (and hold those accountable who don’t) is so incredibly important. I was never a fan of the “sanctuary county” stunt because it does two things wrong: it mimics the unhinged liberal logic that we can create laws on-the-fly, and it ignores an already established *Supreme* law which can never be taken away. Legally speaking, it is the duty of Americans to nullify any law which prohibits access to constitutional laws. There is simply no getting around this fact.

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Arizona Don

You are correct sir. Constitutional carry is already the law of the land. The second amendment makes it legal without consent of the states.   The second amendment is;  “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  Can anything be more forthright and absolute than that? Every word in that amendment has an absolute definite meaning. A militia means a force raised from the civilian individual population to assist the regular Army. And it should be regulated to assist that regular Army.  It is a civilian… Read more »

chocopot

As I have pointed out so many times, there are no words in The Second Amendment that even suggest, never mind allow, any restrictions, limitations, or exceptions. Thus, technically, every one of the current (and ever-increasing) 23,000 gun control laws at the federal, state, and local levels is unconstitutional.

musicman44mag

I don’t understand why a state needs to have an amendment that we already have via the constitution. To me this is just another way of showing that we approve of the power of our local government and hold it higher than the United States government which is stupid in my eyes and if I remember right illegal but hey, I am old, all kinds of things are taking place that in my younger days were illegal and they get away with it like being a sanctuary state? Or a judge saying the president cant do something. Or drugs that… Read more »

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SteamEng

The key is in the word “federal”. We were formed as a federation of sovereign states. The US Constitution was written to bind down the national government to keep it from going astray and infringing on the rights of the people or the rights of the states. (See the 10th Amendment.) Unfortunately we as a people have failed on a national level to keep our government bound to the letter of the Constitution. The states’ voice in the federal legislature was eviscerated by the ill-conceived 17th Amendment. Now we are forced to shore up our state constitutions and laws where… Read more »

musicman44mag

Thank you, I will check out the 17th. I get so hung up on the first and the second that I haven’t spent the time reading all of them. I know they are all important or our fathers would not have made them but it seems the 1st and 2nd get the most abuse and my freedom means a lot to me. If we loose that, which in most cases we have and are on a daily basis then we are no longer a republic and we are slaves and I don’t want to be a slave without a gun… Read more »

Arizona Don

If the constitution is followed verbatim many of the agencies that exist today are unconstitutional and should be under the jurisdiction of the states. The federal government is restricted under our constitution as it should be. Problem is no one, including presidents, seems to adhere to the total of the constitution at all. Certainly not the restrictions. That is exactly how we got into so much debt and have grown to the extent we have. The bigger the central government is the less freedom we have. That is exactly why Donald Trump was attempting to give the power back to the people. That is also exactly one… Read more »

chocopot

If the Constitution were being followed, at least 90% of federal agencies and at least 90% of federal programs would not exist. Beginning under FDR, the federal government began a huge expansion and assumed upon itself functions and responsibilities it clearly has no authority to do. And as each year goes by, it keeps expanding and encroaching on not only the rights of the states, but on individual rights.

JSNMGC

Too funny:
https://www.garynorth.com/public/6966.cfm

chocopot, please explain what you want to be done about “price gouging.”

Stag

FDR was far from the beginning but other than that you’re spot on.

musicman44mag

Thank you Oldvet.

musicman44mag

Wow, read the 17th amendment. Evidentially we have had a problem of corruption for many years.. You know it is bad when your own government takes away its power to rule and gives it to someone else to try and correct a problem. Thank you for the information.

JoeUSooner

You’re quite correct, OldVet. Once upon a long ago, Congress critters were indeed appointed by state legislatures… which presented its own slate of problems (nothing’s perfect, you know), but it was a much better system than today’s clusterphuque.

Arizona Don

So true Joe

Arizona Don

You are correct sir. I am in my 80’s and many things that happen today and are considered legal would have landed someone in jail when I was young. Read my comment above.

I, like you, do not understand how an un-elected judge can override a president who was elected by the whole nation. Makes no sense.

Arizona Don

You are correct Oldvet. I guess I’m and old vet myself in my 80’s.

JoeUSooner

Dan, you have a decade on me (I’ve just turned 70), but I think I, too, qualify as as “old vet.” I certainly have the mindset!

Arizona Don

Constitutional carry is already the law of the land. The second amendment makes it legal without consent of the states.   The second amendment is;  “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  Can anything be more forthright and absolute than that? Every word in that amendment has an absolute definite meaning. A militia means a force raised from the civilian individual population to assist the regular Army. And it should be regulated to assist that regular Army.  It is a civilian armed force is not… Read more »

StLPro2A

Although the bill passed, the yea/nay ratio tells a sad tale about how Iowa has moved toward anti-rights Liberalism. Vote should have been 100% yea. Lived in Burlington and Des Moines years ago. Was a much more pro-rights environment at that time. Lenin said, “Give me the children and I will change the country.” Those children grow up to vote Liberal/Socialist. That has happened even in Iowa. I know an Iowa husband/wife couple, both teachers, that left academia due to pressure from Liberal administrations and the degradation of students attitudes/morals/mores. America has been over run.

Stag

Unless this repeals current laws which violate the RKBA (it doesn’t) and their State Guard and State Police are going to use force to defend the citizens from 2A violations at both the local and federal level (they won’t) then this is nothing but a feel good measure. Currently in the State of Iowa has several laws violating the RKBA: *handgun sales require permit *machine gun, sbr, and sbs ownership is prohibited *open carry is generally prohibited unless one possesses a recognized permit to carry *concealed carry requires a permit. *in a vehicle handguns may not be carried in a… Read more »