Letter: Ask lawmakers to oppose Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Earlier this year, the Iowa Legislature passed a sweeping gun bill that included a provision making permit information private. As a result, regular Iowans have no way of finding out when or where Lamar Wilson got a permit. We do know that he was carrying two firearms when he was captured following last weekend’s shooting at the Ped Mall and that he is awaiting trial for first-degree murder.

But the issue of one individual’s permit and actions could pale in comparison to a dangerous and chaotic policy being floated at the national level — Concealed Carry Reciprocity (CCR). CCR would override state laws and make the weakest link the law of the land, forcing each state to recognize the concealed carry standards from every other state, even those that have weaker or no standards at all. Some state permitting systems are run so poorly that they mistakenly issue permits to people with felonies, while 12 states require no permit at all. Some states don’t require in-state residency to get a permit, allowing individuals to apply for another state’s permit (sometimes even by mail) because it’s easier to get.

In other words, CCR would make it both easier and legal for dangerous individuals to carry concealed firearms in Iowa. And there would be little to nothing local or state law enforcement could do to prevent it.

This is not the vision I have for Iowa. Join me in demanding Iowa representatives and senators oppose Concealed Carry Reciprocity.

Donna Wong-Gibbons

North Liberty

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