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Iowa residents to vote on adding gun rights amendment to state constitution

Iowa would have some of the most extensive gun rights guarantees in the nation under a constitutional amendment for voters to decide on Nov. 8.

Why it matters: A “yes” vote would mean all gun restrictions under the Iowa amendment would be subject to “strict scrutiny,” the highest legal hurdle for legislation to clear if challenged in court.

Amendment advocates say it’s a long-overdue measure to protect gun ownership as a fundamental individual right but opponents contend it would override common sense measures to protect public safety.

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