Gov. Chet Culver said Monday that he plans to sign into law a measure overhauling the way concealed weapons permits are issued. Currently, those seeking a permit to carry a concealed weapon must apply with their local sheriff, who has broad discretion on whether to grant the permit. The measure Culver intends to sign would require sheriffs to issue permits to applicants who meet a set standard. It allows sheriffs to reject an application only for a list of specific reasons, such as being a convicted felon or convicted domestic abuser, being declared mentally incompetent or being addicted to drugs or alcohol.
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