New Iowa ‘shall issue’ gun permit law provokes possible city ordinances (video).

In just three months, the Iowa gun permit law will…

In just three months, the Iowa gun permit law will change. Starting on January 1st, the ‘shall issue’ law will allow many more people to have access to handguns. Exceptions include people under age 21, anyone convicted of a felony or domestic abuse, and anyone addicted to alcohol or treated for mental illness.

Ottumwa city leaders want to ban concealed weapons in public places like government buildings and city parks. It’s something we could see in our area, too. But, Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner says the root of the problem is with the new permit law.

“We’re going from having some standards, while different, to having no standards whatsoever,” said Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner.

Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner says come January first more people will have guns without any restrictions.

“It’s not the concept of the “shall issue” it’s the lack of training session, it’s the lack of discretion from sheriffs whatsoever,” said Gardner.

So in response to the law, the city of Ottumwa wants to ban concealed weapons in public places. If someone breaks that proposed ordinance…

“It doesn’t look like it would affect your permit, no revocation, no anything, we would just ask you to leave,” said Gardner.

Source: Nadia Crow for KCRG.

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  • tgug

    What I need a piece of paper aka permit to carry. The criminals don’t worry about having it…why should I? Constitutional carry across the USA and it territories. Sheriff probably has just a high school education….JH is right on..

  • Sam

    I think the Linn County Sheriff is not happy about losing his absolute power over Concealed Carry Permit Issuance. As a former Iowa resident I have felt the sting of rejection for a CCW permit. I am a law abiding citizen and I requested a permit for personal protection. I was told that was not a good enough reason. I moved to a Shall-Issue state for an unrelated issue and have been carrying concealed for the past two years. I could not carry, however, whenever I come back to visit family, this new legislation put in place standards for permit issuance, standards for training, reciprocity, and an appeals process that before if the sheriff said no for whatever reason they deemed “fit” it was “TOO BAD I’M THE SHERIFF”. I tried to ask my counties sheriff why he was not sticking to his campaign ideas of pro-shall issue and he told me I was “questioning his authority” and if I continued it would jeopardize my chance at getting one if I applied again in the future.

  • James Hancock

    “We’re going from having some standards, while different, to having no standards whatsoever,” said Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner.

    Is this a joke? Do they have standards for the job of sherrif in Linn county? Perhaps being able to read should be one of them?

    Read this part again Brian Gardner:

    “Exceptions include people under age 21, anyone convicted of a felony or domestic abuse, and anyone addicted to alcohol or treated for mental illness.”

    After that go ahead and read the Bill of Rights.

    Then go and read about all the problems that the many other “Shall Issue” states are running into.

    What problems are those you ask? Less crime, which means less need for idiots like you in office.