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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