Monday, March 11, 2013

Iowa Grants Concealed Carry Permits to Just about Anyone

Local news reports

More than 148,000 people in Iowa applied for a permit to carry a weapon in public in the past two years, and 99.6 percent gained approval, a Des Moines Register investigation shows.

Public records from Iowa’s 99 county sheriffs show that just 621 permit applications were denied during the first 24 months in which a state law — designed to give law enforcement officers little leeway in determining who is allowed to carry a weapon — was in effect.

The Register’s statewide analysis of hundreds of public records is the first examination of how the new law is working. Even Iowa officials had been unable to determine what percentage of permits were granted, because the state does not keep track of denied permits.


  1. This is just as it should be, until we can establish that carry licenses are themselves an infringement on a basic right to carry.

    But you told us that gun owernship is on the decline. How does that square with carry licensing being on the rise?

  2. Gee, I guess there weren't that many people applying who were prohibited or who the police didn't want carrying.

    Just goes to show that criminals almost never ask for permission to carry.

    1. Did you read the part about the medical records not being input?

    2. It's just such a shame that your side doesn't have access to our private medical records.

  3. Seems to me this report indicates that 99.6% of Iowans that wanted a concealed carry license were legally able to obtain said license. Is it a problem that Iowa has such a high percentage of people legally capable of carrying a weapon? I would think this is good news as it indicates a low crime rate for these gun owners right?