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Culver signs weapons bill

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 30, 2010 7:30 AM

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Gov. Chet Culver signed legislation Thursday aiming to standardize who can receive a weapons permit, according to a press release from the Governor’s office.

Previously, local sheriffs had a say regarding who could be issued a permit, according to the release.
But under the new legislation, those seeking a permit need only meet certain criteria, such as not showing a likelihood to cause danger to themselves or their community.

Those who apply for a permit must also be knowledgeable in how to handle firearms and be over the age of 21.

Culver said he signed the bill to help prevent conflict between public officials and individuals’ rights to carry firearms, according to the release.

“This bill strikes an appropriate balance, recognizing the rights of law-abiding Iowans guaranteed by the Second Amendment and the duty of local law-enforcement officers,” he said in a statement.

— by Holly Hines

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