DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa voters overwhelmingly approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would add gun rights to Iowa’s Constitution. The proposed amendment passed for the second time in the Iowa Legislature in 2021, allowing voters to decide on Tuesday.
Iowa was one of only six states that did not have gun rights enshrined in its state constitution but now becomes the fourth state to include a strict scrutiny requirement in its state constitution.
The new amendment reads, “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.”
With 97 of 99 counties reporting, 65.13 percent of voters (745,411) voted yes on the measure, while 34.87 percent (398,872) voted no.