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Washington Sheriff Weighs in On Shall/May Carry Debate

press play to hear from Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar

Several gun rights advocacy groups want Sheriff’s in Iowa’s counties to have less say over who is issued a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says right now, Iowa is known as a “may issue” state, meaning a sheriff can use his or her discretion. Dunbar says groups like the National Rifle Association and Iowa Carry.org, want Iowa to be a “shall issue state” which would limit a county sheriff’s authority to deny such permits. Dunbar says he and many other members of the state’s Sheriff’s Association would prefer the law to stay the way it is.