Can you guys please help straighten out T.A.Sharps? Here is a quote:
I'm sorry sir, but your facts are wrong about Iowa being an open carry state. I have just had to go through the process of getting my concealed carry permit, and at no time did the instructors ever indicate even slightly that a CCW permit holder can carry openly in plain sight. Nor have I ever known anyone in my entire life, anywhere in my sate, to carry a weapon in plain sight.
IN FACT, TO SHOW MY WEAPON AT ALL IS LEGALLY CONSIDERED DEADLY FORCE, in the state of Iowa.
That was something made very clear by my instructors.
If you would please address this here:
I am sure there are folks, including me, who would appreciate it!
I hate to break any bubbles here, but Iowa is NOT an "open carry" state - at least in the strictist sense of the words, i.e. that it is legal to carry openly anywhere in public in the state. For clarification, here is the exact wording from Iowa Code:
724.4 CARRYING WEAPONS.
1. Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person who
goes armed with a dangerous weapon concealed on or about the person,
or who, within the limits of any city, goes armed with a pistol or
revolver, or any loaded firearm of any kind, whether concealed or
, or who knowingly carries or transports in a vehicle a pistol or
revolver, commits an aggravated misdemeanor.
By default then, the only place that open carry is legal in Iowa is outside of the incorporated limits of any town or city. The ONLY time concealed carry is legal is with a permit . . . which of course, not everyone can get with the law the way it is.
By the way . . . this is ONE of the many reasons that I am strongly against the Baudler/NRA bill currently in the Iowa house: It doesn't correct this problem at all, and effectively leaves Iowa without any recognition of the second amendment.