"Thank you for contacting NRA-ILA.
We appreciate you expressing your concern, however, I assure you the bill does not create the problems you say it does.
To begin with, "strict scrutiny" is very different than how you seem to understand it. It is the highest form of legal protection given to any fundamental right such as life, free speech, religion, etc. By putting this phrase in the amendment, we are adding the highest level of protection that is available under U.S. law. In fact, this will be the hardest part to pass and to get the weaker gun votes in the legislature to vote for.
Because the right to keep and bear arms is deemed “fundamental,” any rights-infringing regulation would require – as state and federal case law has shown – a strict scrutiny level of review requiring the state to prove that any infringement is narrowly tailored to meet a compelling governmental interest. More specifically, anti-gunners would have to prove that any regulation is tailored to avoid infringing on persons or activities that pose no risk, i.e., all “legitimate” purposes.
In other words, if this amendment passes any anti-gunners who introduce any of their anti-gun bills would immediately be on the defensive and would have an extremely difficult time (1 passing their bills and (2 having those bills upheld in court.
Also, please feel free to review our attached overview of the amendment.
Again, thank you for your inquiry and please do not hesitate to share any of your thoughts or concerns in the future.