After reading some of the threads here and thinking about the issue I came up with a simple idea on getting some favorable reform for Iowa's permit to carry. Part of this is thanks to Sean from Iowa Carry commenting on "eating this elephant one bite at a time". He stated that the first goal of Iowa Carry is to get the following five things for Iowa:
- Shall issue permits, removing sheriff discretion from the permit process.
- Appeals process, some method of contesting denials of permits to carry.
- Uniform training and testing, requiring all sheriffs to accept a single state-wide training and testing format.
- Recognition, putting in Iowa law a means to recognize out of state permits for the carry of self defense weapons.
- Privacy of records, protecting the records of permits from access except those that are required for law enforcement.
Now when Sean mention the taking this one bite at a time he wanted the above five things in one law before moving on to other issues, such as:
- Stand your ground, shielding people from criminal and civil prosecution in self defense situations when the person is in their home, business, or any other location they are allowed to be by law.
- Unlicensed open carry, this websites favorite topic, extending the lawful carry of self defense tools into incorporated areas and private businesses.
- Parking lot carry, shielding people from disciplinary action by an employer and from trespass on private property for keeping a firearm in a locked vehicle.
I'm sure there are more issues to discuss but we can start with the eight above. Instead of treating the above in two or three "chunks" like Sean from Iowa Carry (Sorry, Sean, I don't have the spelling of your last name committed to memory yet.) wants to do I suggest we treat each issue separately as an individual bill. Some of these issues can get the support from a number of groups like Iowa Carry, Iowa Gun Owners, and the NRA. Some might even get support from law enforcement. I've been told that the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association (ISSDA) is quite the powerful lobby.
Some of these issues might be a "slam dunk" and get support from many groups, such as privacy of records on permits to carry. Others might require more of a fight, like open carry. I just suggest that we get as many people on board of each little issue on it own and present each little issue as a separate piece of legislation. Then present every little piece of legislation every legislative session until it passes.
Does this sound like a good idea? Can we get some lobby groups to play along?