Changes in gun laws hit Iowa and Ohio

A new "shall issue" law has taken effect in Iowa, while a court ruling in Ohio blocks cities from establishing local gun-control laws

Stateline Midwest, Volume 20, No. 1- January 2011

Iowa has officially become the Midwest’s ninth “shall issue” state, meaning local law enforcement must issue a gun permit to any individual who meets a set of uniform state standards.

Those standards in Iowa are passing a background check and completing a firearms training program.

According to The Des Moines Register, the state previously had given local sheriffs the discretion to deny permits for any reason. That changed with passage of SF 2379, which took effect in January. Also under the new law, local sheriffs will no longer be able to set restrictions for the gun permits (requiring that the owner conceal the weapon, for example).

With the recent change in Iowa, every state in this region except Illinois and Wisconsin has a “shall issue” statute and gives individuals the right to carry concealed weapons, according to the National Rifle Association and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Meanwhile, in Ohio, the state Supreme Court ruled that local governments do not have authority to establish their own gun-control laws. According to The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, some of the provisions in that city which will be affected by the December ruling include a requirement that handguns be registered and a ban on shotguns and assault rifles.