While Iowa gun enthusiasts are celebrating a landmark liberalization in state law, Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner and some colleagues are bracing for it.Scaring the weak and frail, just in time for Halloween.
“The general public is going to freak out when they see people walking down the street with guns strapped to their hip,” Gardner said.
Sheriffs still lobbying to tweak gun-permit law, insist on training standards
It's a bit unclear whether one could open carry with the permit, but current law allows one to open carry in the home or while on your property or place of business and also at the range or while lawfully hunting. Open carry is prohibited otherwise.
“This whole thing’s open to too much interpretation,” Gardner said.As opposed to 99 different interpretations we have now, subject to change with each new sheriff's election?
There is still some discretion allowed by sheriffs in the law (SF2379), but you can't let that fact get in the way of a good scare.
Indications from the Iowa Department of Public Safety web site point to some leeway regarding live-fire and fingerprinting now used by some, but not all, counties. That may continue come January.
Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek reveals something about his leanings towards permit holders:
There are currently 408 non-professional permit holders in Johnson County.We probably have twice that in my township in a county bordering Johnson.
“Any law enforcement officer has to qualify twice a year,” said Pulkrabek.I bet Bea shot more rounds than the deputies in Johnson county have to in order to "qualify."
It's the scary season, where these guys are screaming that the sky will fall and radio and TV ads blaring out the evil in their campaign opponent.
Distortion, lies and hyperbole.