Of course, this brings predictions of blood running in the streets and the OK Corral.
Here’s a bit about how the current “may issue” law works in one Iowa county, presented as proof that it’s just fine:
In Henry County, Sheriff Allen Wittmer has created a criteria on who is able to get a concealed weapons permit and who’s not qualified.
Under that criteria, those whose jobs require a firearm can be qualified to carry a weapon. The self employed also can get a permit if they collect and transport large sums of money or other valuables. Retired police officers also are qualified.
Wittmer, too, is in strong opposition to the law change.
“I did not support it,” Wittmer said. “There’s nobody that knows their constituents better than the sheriff. It’s totally taking the discretion away from the sheriff.”
Wittmer noted out of the 18 applications he received last year, nine were denied, just by merely following the county’s criteria.
“We have it working well here,” he noted. “We have a procedure in place that works in Henry County.”
So it sounds like the only people who get one in Henry County are people who require a gun for their jobs, people who transport large sums of money for their jobs, and people who are retired cops. So, unless your job necessitates it, only retired cops get permits.
That is a great example of a working may issue system. And a great example of why shall issue is the way to go.