After trying to link the availability of carry permits and the loosening of restrictive gun laws with crime and police murders, they leave us with this:
Iowa is a "may issue" state when it comes to concealed weapons permits. The sheriff may issue a permit if an applicant meets the requirements, but he doesn't have to. May is the operative word here. The decision is left to the sheriff. The right to a permit is not automatic. Iowacarry.org wants to change "may" to "shall" -- effectively taking away the sheriff's discretion.They must mean those counties where only the sheriff's family and friends receive permits. Obviously no one on the editorial board has ever tried to apply for a permit.
That's not a good idea. Responsible gun owners have every right to carry a concealed weapon. Still, we'll sleep better knowing someone in law enforcement is weighing each case and making that determination on an individual basis.
Shootings, intentional and unintentional, happen every day in this country. As states give more rights to gun owners, it's imperative that sheriffs maintain their discretion over the right to carry.And some sheriff's abuse this everyday.
I can't wait until they read the Vermont-style carry bill endorsed by Iowa Gun Owners.