Negative amendment added to Iowa bill


March 17, 2009, 09:40 PM
HF193, currently under consideration in the Iowa House of Representatives, would require sheriffs to explain, in writing, the exact reason why an applicant for a Permit to Carry Weapons has been either denied or restricted. It would continue to allow sheriffs discretion in their issuance, subject to a formal appeal process. Other changes include standardized training and the recognition of permits from states with equal or greater issuing standards.

A problem has arisen with the inclusion of a negative amendment, which would allow sheriffs to continue to deny permits for almost any reason, so long as the sheriff had formal, written issuing standards. The bill is now re-numbered HF746 after the inclusion of this "poison pill" amendment. However you may have felt about the original bill (many are opposed on the grounds that it is still a "May Issue" bill), this amendment would formalize the issuing mess we now have in the Hawkeye State, with each of the 99 sheriffs allowed to issue according to their own personal standards.

If you live in Iowa, or have friends or family who do, please let the relevant State Representative know how you feel about this recent amendment.

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July 26, 2009, 11:56 AM
Bump for my neighbors in Iowa. I shoot occasionally with a guy from Iowa and he's disgusted by the antigun sentiment of so many people in the state.

July 26, 2009, 01:01 PM
Seems more like they are making the amendment to pray on the laziness of people (i.e the sherrif) He may be more apt to approve applications so he doesn't spend all his time writing reports about denials.

tasco 74
July 26, 2009, 04:04 PM
my state rep lives just just three blocks from me..... i rented a house from him when i first moved back to town and i've known the family for over 40 years... i might just take a little walk and see if he's at home this afternoon....... he is one of the most decent people i've ever met.... i went past his house last winter and stopped and helped him scoop out his driveway..... we had a little conversation about my concerns about the nutty politics going on right now........... he knows me pretty well as he was a state trooper for years and my father in law was the town cop here for a few years....... i don't understand what is wrong with the poeple of this state and why there is such a socialist turn going on here....... it is quite concerning though...........


August 11, 2009, 08:48 PM
Is the state legislature on break too?

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