New laws may allow more Iowans to carry guns.

There's new legislation that will change Iowa's gun laws. On…

There’s new legislation that will change Iowa’s gun laws. On January 1st a new Iowa law will aim to standardize the process for folks to get a permit to carry weapons.

But, many of the laws in place will remain unchanged. Iowans still need to have taken a gun safety course at some point during their lives.

Applicants can’t have a felony or domestic violence conviction on their record. They can’t have been convicted of any misdemeanor assault charges in the last three years.

Iowans, who want a permit to carry a concealed weapon, can’t any mental impairments that caused an involuntary committal to an institution. They can’t be addicted to drugs or alcohol or have any documented evidence suggesting they’ll use a firearm to endanger themselves or others.

In the past, the process wasn’t easy. In fact, there was no guarantee you’d get a permit even if you applied. You see, county sheriffs still had the final say and could deny your application.

Source: Forrest Saunders for KTIV.

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