April 29, 2010
DES MOINES – Governor Chet Culver Thursday put the finishing touches on bills outstanding from the 2010 legislative session by signing nine bills on the last day of the Governor’s 30-day bill-signing period.
“SHALL ISSUE” BILL SIGNED IN CAPITOL ROTUNDA
The Governor began the day at a Capitol public signing of a bill standardizing the process of issuing Iowa weapons permits. The bill was strongly supported by gun owners and sportsmen throughout the state.
Until today, Iowa has been a "may issue" state, with decisions on whether to issue weapons permits being made at a sheriff’s discretion, with inconsistencies among counties. Senate File 2379 makes Iowa a "shall issue" state in which individuals will be granted weapon permits unless they meet certain criteria for denial.
“I am signing this bill because I believe there doesn’t need to be any conflict between the freedom to carry firearms and public safety,” Governor Culver said. “I believe that law-abiding citizens who are placed in situations in which their life and property are threatened should be able to protect themselves and their families. When firearms are used properly by people who are trained in their use, public safety can increase in terms of crime prevention.”