Your headline for the story on the shooting of Taleb Hussein Yousef Salameh to be found in The Gazette.com online product (at least) is misleading.
In this day of heightened awareness of firearms crime, background checks, assault weapons etc. It seems a bit disingenuous to suggest in the headline that Mr. Salameh had a "weapons permit." to wit:
"Man killed in police shootout issued weapons permit despite UI concerns"
Mr. Salameh was issued a "permit to acquire pistols/revolvers". That is the official terminology, used by the state of Iowa on the permit to purchase handguns. The permit to acquire is very like a universal background check... one must have a purchase to acquire pistols/revolvers to purchase a handgun from any source such as a gun show, a private party, or a registered gun dealer. In order to be issued the permit to acquire, one must go to the county Sheriff and apply... a NICS (FBI background check) is completed on the applicant who, if the check is passed, will receive the permit to acquire, provided he is not a "prohibited person" under Iowa code 724.26
Mr. Salameh was not issued a "permit to carry weapons". That is the official terminology, used by the state of Iowa to carry (on one's person, off of their own property) "dangerous weapons" Including some knives, tasers, and yes, firearms. The permit to carry such weapons is more stringent in its restrictions of who may do so, than the right to acquire them...
You will note that the only "weapons" permit is the permit to carry.... And, while those members of the public who know such things are cognizant of the differences, most have no Idea, and your headline insinuates that Salameh may have been issued a permit to carry, when that was not the case.
We all know that the purpose of a headline is to grab the attention of the reader... but I don't believe it should be a veiled half truth. I've always thought The Gazette was better than that. Please consider issuing a correction.
Annette Schulte <Annette.Schulte@sourcemedia.net>
9:57 AM (41 minutes ago)
Charlie, appreciate the note. I suspect the reporter is not familiar with the distinction. I did not realize myself that a permit to purchase exists. We’ll have Vanessa look at the info she’s gathered again, verify the type of permit and we’ll get the content corrected as warranted. Thanks so much for highlighting this and sharing your expertise.
Annette M. Schulte