Iowa's governor signed a bill into law that creates a uniform shall-issue system for that state. The bill, SF 2379, takes effect on January 1, 2011. Under the bill, a valid carry permit issued by any other state, to a resident of any state other than Iowa, will be recognized in Iowa.

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DES MOINES — Gun-rights advocates cheered loudly Thursday as Gov. Chet Culver approved a standardized process for those seeking permits to carry a concealed weapon.

The new rules will apply equally in all 99 Iowa counties, beginning Jan. 1.

During a ceremony in the Statehouse rotunda, Culver signed legislation that will make Iowa a “shall issue” state when it comes to county sheriffs issuing permits to acquire or carry a concealed weapon.

“This bill strikes an appropriate balance, recognizing the rights of law-abiding Iowans guaranteed by the Second Amendment and the duty of local law enforcement officers,” Culver said. “We all have a role to play in public safety. I believe this is a good bill that has the potential to keep Iowans safer.”

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That's great news. Unfortunately I live the People's Republic of California and the Stanislaus Co. sheriff is very much of the opinion that law abiding citizens cannot be trusted to carry a gun for the protection of themselvs and their loved ones.

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