Iowa state representatives are debating House Joint Resolution
13, which would add the right to keep and bear arms to the state
constitution. Should the resolution’s wording be adopted as is,
it would require “strict scrutiny” as the judicial standard for
any restrictions on the firearms freedom of Iowans.
Louisiana, Missouri and Alabama are the three states that
already apply the strict scrutiny standard for gun restrictions.
The strict scrutiny standard means that when the matter goes
before a court on a constitutional challenge, the state is held
to the highest standards of justification for any limiting
actions. Even if the state comes up with a compelling reason for
a restrictive law, it has to structure the legislation as
narrowly as possible.
The anti-gunners, of course, will make their easily refutable
stand saying that a state constitutional amendment means anybody
and everybody will be able to get guns, or to quote a Barack
Obama claim, that it will be easier to get a gun than to buy a
book. But the fact is, the strict scrutiny standard still allows
for the public safety measures, such as a law that says violent
felons can’t buy or possess firearms.
For more on what the Iowa resolution means to firearms freedom
in that state, go online to the NRA’s Institute for Legislative