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    Iowa flirting with No Permit Needed Concealed Carry

    In the middle of America, you wouldn't expect it to be so difficult to get a concealed carry permit.

    But in Iowa, it is -- especially if the local sheriff doesn't like you.

    That's why I'm glad to introduce you to a great new organization fighting on this issue. Iowa Gun Owners has been pushing for a major reform of Iowa's "Might Issue" concealed carry laws.

    Not since Alaska (in 2003) has a state passed a no-permit-needed concealed carry law, enacting real carry freedom for law-abiding gun owners.

    Iowa Gun Owners burst on to the scene in their rural state because for too long nothing had been done about their atrocious gun laws.

    Compared to most of the smaller states, Iowa has some of the worst firearms laws in America, and no one in power seemed to care (though local gun owners have wanted change for years).

    But in early 2009, State Rep. Kent Sorenson (R-Indianola) sponsored a bill to end the demand that Iowans beg permission to carry concealed.

    And Iowa Gun Owners took action.

    Surprising pundits throughout the state, Iowa Gun Owners brought Sorensen's bill within 1 vote of passing their State House.

    Now, in an effort to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the institutional gun lobby has offered a "compromise." To many, that comes as no surprise, but it will spell defeat for any real concealed carry reform in Iowa.

    Why would I write every gun owner in America for help on this issue?

    First, Iowa is truly a pivotal state. Its early Straw Poll and Caucuses make it our nation's most watched political barometer.

    Second, rarely does the chance come to pass historic legislation like this.

    Every freedom lover in America should be excited about the possibility.

    It's not just about one more "Shall Issue" state, but rather it's about Iowa becoming a bellwether for liberty in the very heart of our nation.

    I often hear "the Second Amendment is my permit to carry", and I couldn't agree more. What, after all, is the right to "bear arms", in a modern context, if it is not to carry concealed?

    But those are just empty words if the law makes a mockery of the Constitution.

    With that in mind, I encourage everyone who truly embraces the Second Amendment's right to "bear arms" without infringement to jump on board and help out Iowa Gun Owners.

    Seriously, it's that important.

    To carry the tools of self-defense in Vermont and Alaska, you don't have to undergo a background enema, be fingerprinted like a common criminal, pay for state-mandated firearms training or have your name and address end up on some list.

    You don't have to beg for your God-given rights. That's what the Second Amendment REALLY means!

    Unfortunately, some of the elitist gun owners in America -- the head-honchos of the institutional gun lobby -- have trouble understanding that. In many states, they even directly oppose Vermont-Alaska real concealed carry.

    Their opposition to freedom is nothing but a self-serving "I've got mine" attitude, seasoned with a dash of "not EVERYONE should be able to carry a gun."

    But let's examine that attitude: it means they don't really oppose gun control.

    They just oppose gun control when it's imposed on them. Give them their own little tin-pot dictatorship, and they're happy to limit your freedom.

    Understand that real concealed carry doesn't allow a criminal to carry concealed legally, since that criminal is already ineligible to possess a firearm in the first place. Enacting a Vermont-Alaska law simply affirms a God-given right, which is secured by the U.S. Constitution and all but 6 state constitutions.

    While it's true that permitless carry does not provide a mechanism to carry across friendly state lines, it does remove the hoops-and-hurdles in the home state. If one is worried about reciprocity acquiring a permit will still be an option.

    So what can you do to help?

    Donate to Iowa Gun Owners with a one-time gift through NAGR's special Iowa Freedom! Donation Page. Or, if you prefer, donate directly to Iowa Gun Owners.

    As a fledgling group run by a young man of the highest integrity, Iowa Gun Owners is an organization I fully endorse -- in fact, I believe it's so important to help Iowa Gun Owners that I've donated directly to them myself.

    So join me in making a generous contribution today!

    In Liberty,


    Dudley Brown
    Executive Director
    National Association for Gun Rights

    "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemian View Post
    Compared to most of the smaller states, Iowa has some of the worst firearms laws in America, and no one in power seemed to care (though local gun owners have wanted change for years).

    But in early 2009, State Rep. Kent Sorenson (R-Indianola) sponsored a bill to end the demand that Iowans beg permission to carry concealed.

    And Iowa Gun Owners took action.

    Surprising pundits throughout the state, Iowa Gun Owners brought Sorensen's bill within 1 vote of passing their State House.
    Iowa sorta straddles the border between being a RTC state and being a Discretionary state.

    Sorenson's bill, HF 596, looks like it never made it outta committee.

    "Vermont Carry" advocates have a pretty tough uphill battle to wage in most states. Alaska went Shall Issue in 1994, then the requirement for a license disappeared in 2003. It took nine years in Alaska, so I suspect any other state is going to first have to cross the Shall Issue Rubicon before it ever reaches Rome.
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    Compared to most of the smaller states, Iowa has some of the worst firearms laws in America, and no one in power seemed to care...
    Ohhh, I dunnooo... I'll put New Jersey up against almost any other State in the Union, 'cept maybe Hawaii.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektarr View Post
    Ohhh, I dunnooo... I'll put New Jersey up against almost any other State in the Union, 'cept maybe Hawaii.
    Don't forget Illinois, land of mayor Daley.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektarr View Post
    Ohhh, I dunnooo... I'll put New Jersey up against almost any other State in the Union, 'cept maybe Hawaii.
    Yeah...at least in IA if you have a decent sheriff you have a shot at getting a permit...NJ/HI...no chance in hell.

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    As of Jan 2011, Iowa has become a shall issue state. the law was just signed by Governor Chet Culver... no more worries about which sheriff you have.. 1 law.. shall issue.. and reciprocity too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kengrubb View Post
    Iowa sorta straddles the border between being a RTC state and being a Discretionary state.

    Sorenson's bill, HF 596, looks like it never made it outta committee.

    "Vermont Carry" advocates have a pretty tough uphill battle to wage in most states. Alaska went Shall Issue in 1994, then the requirement for a license disappeared in 2003. It took nine years in Alaska, so I suspect any other state is going to first have to cross the Shall Issue Rubicon before it ever reaches Rome.
    You are coprrect on both counts. The Iowa House *never* voted on this. Do not let anyone lie to you. The vote they are crowing about was to see if the bill would even be brought to the House floor in the final days and hours of the 2009 session. It wasn't!

    Politics is the art of the possible. There was no way in h#ll that a Alaska style bill had a chance of passing last year or this year!

    There was a good chance that the NRA Bill SF 2379 would pass and it did!

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