POLK COUNTY, Iowa — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is speaking out against a controversial gun bill now being debated at the Iowa Statehouse. Sheriff Kevin Schneider took to Facebook to speak out against a bill that would make it easier for gun owners to carry in public. The sheriff posted that he is deeply troubled by the legislation that would eliminate permits and that he said could ultimately eliminate background checks for gun purchases. The sheriff said he values the second amendment, but asks how does this protect neighborhoods and our children? Lt. Randy Evans spoke to KCCI on behalf of the sheriff. "It’s easier for people to carry a weapon. That makes it easier for criminals to have weapons as well. Not that permits and things like that take the weapons out of the hands of a criminal or someone that’s not supposed to have it but it does make it a little bit easier," Evans said. "There are things in place that assist in determining if someone should carry a gun based on that permit. If you take that away, it makes it more difficult to verify if they should be carrying that gun." Republicans who support the bill cite the constitutional right to carry. Gun dealers would continue conducting a federal background check before selling a gun. Sheriff Schneider is urging residents to contact their legislators to urge them to vote against this.