DES MOINES, Iowa – An Iowa Senate subcommittee advanced SF 2002, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, last Wednesday.
The bill sponsored by State Senator Zach Nunn, R-Bondurant, prohibits the state of Iowa or political subdivisions to enforce will federal infringements on Iowans’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
“All federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, and regulations, regardless if enacted before or after the provisions this chapter, that infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States shall be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, shall be specifically rejected by this state, and shall have no effect in this state,” the bill reads in part.
The legislation also states that it is the duty of the state’s courts and law enforcement agencies to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens within the state. The bill also prohibits the enforcement of any infringement of Second Amendment rights by any public officer or employee of the state or any political subdivision within the state.
“It recognizes the 33 Iowa counties who passed resolutions to protect Iowans’ Second Amendment Rights,” Nunn told The Iowa Torch.
Nunn’s bill would effectively make Iowa a Second Amendment Sanctuary state.
“The Act ensures the Constitutional Rights of Iowans are not subverted by Federal regulations or Department rules that are not Federal Law. As Iowans experienced over the past year, Federal overreach was struck down by the Supreme Court—from CDC rules that overreached on renter/landlord relations to OSHA mandating employee/employer healthcare restrictions. This Act prevents non-elected bureaucrats from ‘deputizing’ Iowa’s law enforcement being conscripted to Federal work. The priority must always be to preserve Iowan’s 2nd Amendment Rights, and demand Congress and the President enact laws — not in-elected agencies or departments,” he explained.
State Senators Jeff Reichmann, R-Montrose, and Tom Shipley, R-Nodaway, approved the legislation during the subcommittee. State Senator Tony Bisignano, D-Des Moines, opposed it.
This follows the state taking steps to protect and expand Iowans’ Second Amendment rights.
The Iowa Legislature last session approved for the second time a “keep and bear arms” amendment to Iowa’s Constitution that will go before voters in November. The Legislature also passed, and Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill allowing permitless carry within the state.