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Lawmaker aims to add more gun rights (IA)
southwestiowanews.com ^ | 11 January, 2012 | Tim Rohwer

Posted on 01/12/2012 6:46:10 AM PST by marktwain

owa is one of six states that doesn’t have an amendment in their state Constitutions covering for the right to bear arms.

Council Bluffs lawmaker Mark Brandenburg wants to change that.

Brandenburg, a Republican who represents District 100 in the Iowa House, is co-sponsoring legislation for an Iowa version of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Like all amendments to the Iowa Constitution, it would require passage by two consecutive general assemblies of the Legislature and then a vote by the people.

“We’re just starting this in the House,” Brandenburg said. “I’m hopeful of its passage, but it’s still early.”

This legislation would reinforce the right of Iowans to bear arms guaranteed under the Second Amendment, he said.

“And, I think it’s important to have individual state’s rights, too.”

The amendment Brandenburg seeks would also provide protection to Iowans under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution if ever there were a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that infringed on 2nd Amendment rights, he said.

Brandenburg is also a co-sponsor of a bill to provide tougher penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal workers. These penalties include the possible permanent closure of a business for a repeat offender, he said.

“It’s got some teeth to it.”

The lawmaker who represents all of Carter Lake and western Council Bluffs added his top priorities are job creation, education reform and commercial property tax relief, but obviously other issues will be discussed during the 2012 legislative session that began Monday.

Brandenburg, who suffered a heart attack during last year’s session, is feeling much better these days, he added.

“It’s great to be back doing the people’s business, and I’m determined to lose 30 pounds.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: banglist; constitution; gun; ia
The other five states that have no state constitutional protection for the right to keep and bear arms are:

New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland, and Minnesota.

1 posted on 01/12/2012 6:46:20 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

I have a simple, one line bill...

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed for ANY reason.”

Straight forward and easy.


2 posted on 01/12/2012 7:10:13 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: marktwain
I'm with Brandenburg on the constitutional amendment but not with him on his desire to penalize businesses to the extent he is on the issue of illegals.

Why put all the burden of enforcing the law regarding illegals on the back of business when the federal government is protecting illegals here.

The federal govt. is mandating the granting of taxpayer benefits to illegals and then state governments would turn around and are willing to put out of business, any business employing them.

Seems to me far better to have them employed than simply sucking up taxpayer resources.

Let the feds get their problem straightened out first.

3 posted on 01/12/2012 7:31:37 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: marktwain
New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland, and Minnesota.

Well, ain't that a coincidence? Those states are on my "never set foot again" list, along with IL, CT, NH, RI, HI, and MA.

4 posted on 01/12/2012 8:39:14 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: backwoods-engineer

Curious about the reason for New Hampshire on your list.


5 posted on 01/12/2012 9:03:00 AM PST by marktwain
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