Bill would add gun rights to Iowa Constitution


February 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A proposed constitutional amendment making it harder for government officials to limit who can get a gun and where they can carry firearms could come up in a House committee as early as this week.  Rep. Clel Baudler, a Greenfield Republican and chairman of the Public Safety Committee, says he’s planning to bring the amendment forward for discussion in his committee soon. He expects it to get enough support to move to the House floor.

The amendment declares the right of individuals to get and carry firearms shall not be denied. It also prohibits fees related to guns and limits restrictions that can be imposed. Polk County Attorney John Sarcone says the measure would be a regression to the wild west, and could create major problems, especially in urban areas.