A proposal to amend the state constitution to include firearms rights has moved closer to being on the ballot for a statewide vote from Iowans. The amendment states the right to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed and provides the highest level of judicial protection to firearms rights.

The amendment has been approved by both chambers of the Iowa Legislature this year. In order to appear on the ballot, the amendment must pass an identical form during the next General Assembly which starts next year. If the amendment passes during the next General Assembly, the amendment will appear on the ballot to be approved by a majority of the voters in the next statewide general election.

House Joint Resolution 2009 passed the House on a vote of 54-42. The Senate approved the amendment 34-15.