Council Bluffs leaders, gun shop owners divided over proposed law to remove permit requirements

Council Bluffs leaders, gun shop owners divided over proposed law to remove permit requirements

Gun Rights

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — There’s a fight over the Second Amendment fight at the Iowa state Capitol. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would remove permit requirements to buy or carry handguns. Supporters said it’s their constitutional right to bear arms. Opponents said changing Iowa law could be dangerous to the public. Browns Loans employee Josh Jones said the Council Bluffs gun shop may see more business if Iowa lawmakers remove permit requirements. “I’m for it. I mean it gets rid of the permit, a lot of people don’t have the money or time to go get a permit,” Jones said. The bill does not apply to felons, domestic violence offenders, or the mentally ill. Those requirements are already in place. But right now, anyone else must have a permit from the sheriff. The new law would also mean one less background check. “There is some potential there for someone that shouldn’t be able to possess a firearm of obtaining one,” Sheriff Jeff Danker, Pottawattamie County, said. Right now, gun shops must submit a form for a background check and see a valid permit. But if they don’t hear back from the feds in five days, they can sell the gun. Jones said some shops rely on the permit as a background check in those cases. Danker said removing the permit, removes a layer of protection. “I just want to make sure that the people who do obtain them are not prohibited through the law from obtaining them,” he […]

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