Major Setback For Iowa Gun Owners

In a blow to gun owners living in Iowa, a Republican-led bill to add gun rights to the state constitution has been forced to start from scratch after a “bureaucratic oversight.”

The Des Moines Register received confirmation from Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate that the resolution which has already made so much progress must begin from he start after a key requirement was omitted by the state office.

“Due to a bureaucratic oversight, my office failed to publish the required notifications in Iowa newspapers of two continuing resolutions passed by the Iowa Legislature last year. I accept full responsibility for this oversight and offer my sincerest apology to the legislators and supporters who worked so hard on these bills,” Pate admitted in a statement.

This puts the future of the proposal in jeopardy. Making an amendments to Iowa’s Constitution requires approval from both houses of Iowa’s Legislature. This delay means that a renewed effort will have to be made just to get it back to the same position it should be in now.

“It’s really unfortunate,” Gov. Kim Reynolds offered before stating, “We’ll do what we need to do to make it right.”

The proposed 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.”

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