This is a discussion on Iowa is soon shall issue!!! within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by JD Been out of the loop for a couple days, feels great to hear the news that Culver is going to sign. ...
It is now official. Governor Culver has signed the bill.
Effective January 1, 2011 Iowa will join the ranks of Shall Issue states!
Governor Culver Signs Bill Standardizing Weapon Permit Process
DES MOINES – Governor Chet Culver today signed into law Senate File 2379, legislation that standardizes the weapon permit process across Iowa.
Iowa has historically been a “may issue” state, meaning that decisions on whether to issue an individual a permit to carry a weapon were made at the local level at the sheriff’s discretion, with inconsistencies among counties. Senate File 2379 makes Iowa a “shall issue” state in which individuals will be granted weapon permits unless they meet certain criteria for denial.
“I am signing this bill because I believe there doesn’t need to be any conflict between the freedom to carry firearms and public safety,” Governor Culver said during a signing ceremony at the State Capitol. “Instead, I believe that law-abiding citizens who are placed in situations in which their life and property are threatened should be able to protect themselves, and their families. When firearms are used properly by people who are trained in their use, public safety can increase in terms of crime prevention.”
The law does not grant automatic approval of application for permits for people who are likely to be a danger to themselves or their communities, but it provides that Iowans start with an assumption that an application will be approved, with reasonable safeguards for public safety. Sheriffs will be required to deny permits based upon applicants’ previous illegal acts, age restrictions (applicants must be over 21), and to applicants who are likely to commit a violent act with the firearm. People denied a permit under these limitations may appeal their case to an administrative law judge. Applicants for a carry permit must be knowledgeable and trained in firearm safety, and continue to show proficiency in control of the firearm.
“This bill strikes an appropriate balance, recognizing the rights of law-abiding Iowans guaranteed by the Second Amendment and the duty of local law enforcement officers,” Governor Culver said. “We all have a role to play in public safety. I believe this is a good bill that has the potential to keep Iowans safer.”
Does the new state law trump any local restrictions? If not, the state law can be almost useless.
724.28 PROHIBITION OF REGULATION BY POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS.
A political subdivision of the state shall not enact an ordinance
regulating the ownership, possession, legal transfer, lawful
transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms when the
ownership, possession, transfer, or transportation is otherwise
lawful under the laws of this state. An ordinance regulating
firearms in violation of this section existing on or after April 5,
1990, is void.
I've recently discovered...that this new law will eliminate the issuing of non-resident permits...other than that...its all good..
Any word on reciprocity?
Nice. Not that I have any reason to go there, but it is nice to know there is one more state I will be able to defend myself if need be.
This statement bothers me. It is so open-ended as stated, that without very specific criteria for the determination, it's the perfect excuse for denial.and to applicants who are likely to commit a violent act with the firearm.
Besides, I thought you couldn't be punished for as-yet-uncommitted acts.
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. - Robert A. Heinlein
Ya see why I want KS... :-)
Last edited by mrjam2jab; April 30th, 2010 at 12:18 PM.
It's good to see there are some politicians that still support our constitution.
I wish that were true. The liberals here have been pushing this under the rug for years. This legislation has been brought up numerous times before. This time it was actually revived by two Dem's and pushed through in about three weeks.
I am happy with the decision, but they only did it to try and save their arse during the election, not necessarily because they are supporting our constitution or even following the will of the people.