An open letter to State Legislatures (IA only)

Save Lives! Stop Strict Scrutiny!

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Gun violence is a national epidemic in the United States. More men than women are killed by gun violence, except when it comes to domestic violence incidents where women and children are significantly and disproportionately terrorized and killed when guns are present. According to the FBI, every month, an average of 53 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner and 4.5 million women have reported being threatened with a gun by an intimate partner in their lifetime. And access to a gun makes it five times more likely that an abusive partner will kill his female victim. In the face of overwhelming evidence that we need to enact sensible gun safety policy, I am urging you to oppose amendment SJR 1 (Strict Scrutiny), a constitutional amendment adding gun rights to the Iowa Constitution with a 'strict scrutiny' judicial review standard. This amendment undermines every existing or future sensible gun safety policy because it requires judges to assume a challenged law is unconstitutional until the state proves otherwise. Only three states (Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri) include the extreme strict scrutiny language under consideration in Iowa. The experience in these states indicates a strict scrutiny standard undermines gun safety laws due to persistent legal challenges that burden the justice system and are paid for by taxpayers.  Experience and research offer numerous examples of policies that work to protect people from gun violence and overwhelming majorities of Americans support these policies. With this amendment, we are moving in the opposite direction in Iowa Access to guns and gun rights for law-abiding citizens are not being threatened in the state of Iowa but victim/survivors lives are. We urge you to use your voice and your vote to keep guns out of the hands of abusers and create sensible gun safety policies that include universal background checks, closing the boyfriend loophole, and putting the safety of victim/survivors at the center of the conversation. Which is why I urge you to please oppose Strict Scrutiny in Iowa.


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