Lawmakers revive constitutional carry bill

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 11, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa lawmakers revived a bill that would allow Iowans to carry firearms without a permit.

The proposal would allow Iowans to publicly carry a loaded or unloaded firearm openly or concealed either on them or in a vehicle “for any lawful purpose.”

Any person who is not prohibited from carrying a firearm and meets the specified requirements would be issued a permit to carry a firearm if the person applies for the appropriate permit.

Carrying a knife with a blade more than 5 inches long would also no longer be illegal.

Professional permits for those “whose employment reasonably justifies that person going armed” would expire five years after the issue date as opposed to the current expiration of 12 months.

— by Katie Heine

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