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Iowans flock to sheriffs to apply for gun permits
Des Moines Register (IA)
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/articl ... un-permits
January 5, 2011
Byline: Tom Alex

New State Gun Law Leaves Librarians Confused, Anxious
Library Journal
http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/8 ... s.html.csp
January 4, 2011
Byline: Michael Kelley

Gun law transition smooth
Muscatine Journal (IA)
http://www.muscatinejournal.com/news/lo ... 002e0.html
January 5, 2011
Byline: Mike Ferguson

Huxley's Police Chief "Advises" Businesses To Turn Away Those Carrying Guns
WHO (Des Moines, IA)
http://www.whotv.com/news/who-story-hux ... 3669.story
January 4, 2011
Byline: Aaron Brilbeck
 

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People with permits to own a weapon may store them at home without an additional carry permit.
So, in Iowa, you need a permit just to OWN a gun? That surprises me...
 

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Balmer's fear is that people with short tempers are going to start waving guns instead of fists.
Yeah, because that's the case in so many other shall-issue states. Permitted people can't wait for some one to tailgate them or steal their parking space at the mall to justify skinning their smoke wagon. :roll:

The sheriff can't possibly believe this. Even a cursory glance at anecdotal evidence from neighboring states would completely destroy this ill conceived opinion. This has to be rationalization to justify his anti position.
 

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From the last article:
“We were told that if we let this happen, we will lose some of our power,†White said. “I’ve been in law enforcement since 1973, and I didn’t get into it for the power. We get into this line of work because we want to protect people and see crime rates go down.â€

And it has, he said, in many of the 39 other states that have adopted “shall issue†laws.

“The likelihood that people will have to use a weapon (to defend themselves or others) is pretty slim,†he said. “But people want to have that option. They don’t want to be a victim.€
 

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Muscatine County Sheriff Dave White took a fairly lonely stand last year as one of only seven of Iowa’s 99 sheriffs to support what would become a new state law limiting their ability to deny permits to carry guns.
 

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"Why would anyone want to carry a gun in plain sight in a public place? For the power, to scare people, for the rush?"
:roll:

Seems the good people of Iowa still have a ways to go. But this law is a good first step.
 
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