Okay, a little background on the situation: I was a student at the University of Iowa until last spring when I graduated. I haven't found a job yet and my student job at the University took me on as a temp hourly worker. In order to apply for Co-ops and internships I have applied to the University for non-degree graduate student status, but I am NOT enrolled at this time and have NOT registered for any classes. Nor do I intend to for at least a year, if ever.
I went to the Johnson County Sheriff's Dept yesterday and applied for a permit to purchase. I have no record of any kind--not even a speeding ticket--that would keep me from being issued a permit.
Today I received an email from the University of Iowa Police requesting that I meet with their 'Threat Assessment Specialists' with regard to my application for a permit to purchase a firearm. I am no longer a student. Are they allowed to pull me into this meeting? So far I'm cooperating with them, but I'm not really sure what to expect. Can they cause my permit to be denied if I say I'm thinking about purchasing a handgun? Can they have it denied if I refuse to say what sort of firearm I'm planning to purchase? At this time I truly haven't decided what I will buy. Maybe a shotgun, maybe a pistol, maybe just a compound bow. I've been around firearms all my life and I'm a certified Hunter Safety Instructor. I understand they have to be careful at Iowa, especially looking back on the incident in the early 90s, but it still doesn't quite sit right with me. If I wanted to, could I refuse this meeting? They want me to come in right in the middle of the work day, which isn't exactly convenient.
Anyway, hope someone can help me figure out what my rights are in this case.