Stop the reckless Iowa gun rights amendment
In 2021, the Iowa legislature repealed the law requiring a background check to purchase a gun. State lawmakers also repealed the law requiring a permit to carry loaded, concealed handguns. Had the people of Iowa demanded that these basic gun safety laws be removed from the books? No, according to the Iowans for Responsible Gun Laws Coalition (of which AAUW-Iowa is a member) a strong majority of Iowans support common sense gun laws:
- 91% support banning carrying a firearm while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- 85% support prohibiting felons from possessing firearms
- 85% support requiring background checks on all gun purchases
- 83% support requiring gun safety courses before the purchase of a handgun
At a time when more Iowans are dying from gun violence and most Iowans want to strengthen laws to keep us safe, state lawmakers instead want to further weaken Iowa’s gun laws.
A state constitutional amendment, proposed by the Iowa legislature, will appear on the November 8th ballot. If passed, it will make ownership and use of guns a “fundamental right,” prioritizing gun rights over public health and safety. Whether they own weapons or not, Iowans of both major parties and, especially those in law enforcement, warn against adopting this constitutional amendment.
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