Saturday, January 30, 2010

Carrying Guns in Iowa

A few quotes from this article, Carrying Guns in Iowa, regarding the Iowa-Carry/NRA bill at the state house:
Sean McClanahan, president of Iowa Carry, a Clive-based gun rights organization, said his group is working to change Iowa law from a "may issue" to a "shall issue" system.

Under current law, each sheriff has broad discretion in whether or not they issue permits to carry.
Regarding the training requirement in the bill, implying the skills of Iowa gun owners may not be up to par:
"People want to know that those carrying at least know which end goes bang," McClanahan said.
Ha Ha.

What do sheriffs' think?
Webster County Sheriff Brian Mickelson objects to losing the ability to deny permits to people who he has reason to believe should not be carrying a firearm.

Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger has the same concerns.

Pocahontas County Sheriff Robert Lampe's sentiments are similar.

According to Humboldt County's Kruger, there's a gulf between the public perception of the difficulty of obtaining a permit and the reality.

"I don't think there's as many refusals as people think," he said.
I guess this guy hasn't tried to get a permit in Johnson, Linn (a few years ago), Des Moines, or a list of other counties.

The reciprocity part of the bill would put the responsibility onto the state attorney general to determine which states' permits are recognized. With an anti-gun lawyer in charge like we have in Tom Miller, good luck with that.

Read more at: Carrying guns in Iowa

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