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.
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.”