For those of you living under a rock, Iowa Voters Pass the Freedom Amendment!


The right to keep and bear arms has been added to Iowa’s state constitution after voters approved Public Measure 1, also known as the Freedom Amendment, at the ballot box on Tuesday.

The passage of the Freedom Amendment was made possible thanks to the grassroots efforts of the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC), which through their network of advocates, supporters, and volunteers, successfully lobbied the Iowa Legislature to approve the ballot measure in two consecutive legislative sessions before the issue was brought to Iowa voters.

“This is a historical day for freedom, civil rights and the Hawkeye state,” said IFC President Dave Funk. “The right to self-defense and bear arms is here to stay in Iowa and we are grateful for the thousands of Iowans who took time out of their days to cast a vote in favor of liberty.”

With the passage of the measure, Iowa joins nearly every other state in the Union in adopting its own version of the Freedom Amendment. Only five states in the country, Minnesota, Maryland, California, New York and New Jersey, do not have Second Amendment protections in their respective state constitutions.

Polling done prior to Election Day showed the Freedom Amendment was expected to be the most popular item on Iowans’ ballots, with strong support among registered Republicans, Independents and Democrats.

“We could not be happier that Iowans of all political stripes and backgrounds came together to support a nonpartisan issue that impacts us all,” said IFC Chair John McLaughlin. “While shady out-of-state billionaire backed organizations may have attempted to meddle in our elections, confuse voters and spread misinformation, we are proud to say Iowans knew better.”

In the days prior to Election Day, IFC received multiple reports of alleged attempts by a poll worker to misinform voters about the Freedom Amendment at the Woodbury County Courthouse in Sioux City. These allegations are being investigated by the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, the Woodbury County Auditor’s Office, and the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. It remains unclear at this time what impact these alleged actions may have had on voters. IFC plans to follow this case and advocate that should any poll worker be found to have broken the law, they are held accountable for their actions.

The Iowa Firearms Coalition, an affiliate of the NRA and NSSF, is a 501(c4) nonprofit and is Iowa’s only effective pro-Second Amendment rights organization.