On November 8, voters will decide the fate of Public Measure 1, a proposed amendment to the Iowa constitution.
- We already have the 2nd Amendment in the US Constitution. The addition of Public Measure 1 to the Iowa constitution is unnecessary, and it is even more dangerous.
- Public Measure 1 is more extreme than the 2nd Amendment. No other constitutional amendments include the confusing “strict scrutiny” legal test.
- Only three states currently have amendments like this. Louisiana, Alabama, and Missouri rank 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest in the nation for gun deaths, respectively. Their gun amendments have certainly not made their states safer!
- Iowans are concerned about the unintended consequences of the “strict scrutiny” legal test. Our current gun laws would be tried in court. In Louisiana and Missouri, convicted felons challenged state laws that prohibit felons from possessing firearms. In Louisiana, lower courts ruled to remove existing gun safety laws. Taxpayers have been on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars to defend against these lawsuits.
- This amendment would make it harder for law enforcement to do their job. Public health, gun violence prevention, domestic violence intervention and religious groups are encouraging Iowans to vote NO.
- This would shut the door on ANY future common sense gun laws, that the vast majority of Iowans want. 91% of Iowans support banning carrying a firearm while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 85% of Iowans support prohibiting felons from possessing firearms. 85% of Iowans support requiring background checks on all gun purchases. 83% of Iowans support requiring gun safety courses before the purchase of a handgun. These changes cannot happen if Public Measure 1 passes.
- Gun violence is currently the second leading cause of death of children and teens in Iowa. Nationally, gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and teens. We need gun safety measures, not Public Measure 1.
Join us on November 8, turn over your ballot and vote NO!