From March 30, 2010 KCRG-TV:
DES MOINES - The Iowa House and Senate have both signed off on a bill that reduces sheriffs' ability to deny permits to carry a gun.Hmmm. We've heard the same thing in state after state--and within a year or two? All the whining from the sheriffs stops.
The bill essentially changes the law from saying sheriff's "may" issue gun permits to they "shall" issue permits. If the governor signs the bill, people must still pass a background check, but sheriffs will only be able to reject permits for a few specific reasons.
Most sheriffs in Iowa disagree [with the new law] and fear this new legislation could lead to more guns on the streets and less monitoring of the weapons.
"I think it's unfortunate the NRA was able to come in, push the legislature around and get them to go along with this,” Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said.