Law enforcement, gun store owners weigh in on proposed gun permit legislation

Law enforcement, gun store owners weigh in on proposed gun permit legislation

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Several local sheriffs expressed concerns Tuesday about a proposed bill that would eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit to carry or buy a gun in Iowa. “You would likely have many more people without any type of training carrying guns,” he said. The department would probably get more calls than they do now, Kinmonth said, about a person carrying a gun in a public place. And although felons aren’t allowed to buy or carry guns, the bill would make it “much more difficult to control.” Senate File 2106, if passed, would allow a “law-abiding citizen” to acquire and carry a gun without a state permit. Anyone who buys a gun from a federally-licensed firearms dealer would still be required to have a valid permit to carry and complete a federal background check. The legislation was under consideration in February 2018 but was pulled from the Senate Judiciary Committee following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead. “The concern that I would have is that if we have somebody who has gone from the status of being a ‘law abiding citizen’ to no longer qualifying…under the current law, the sheriff’s office is able to take their permit,” said Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane. “I’m not familiar with how that individual under the new law would become notified that they are no longer eligible to carry." That would be concerning in cases involving a permit carrier who is suffering from […]

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