(Council Bluffs) It's been over three years since the Iowa concealed weapons permit law changed from a may issue to shall issue. The move that took control out of the hands of local sheriff's was initially met with mixed reviews.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says the change from a may issue to a shall issue doesn't necessarily mean that a lot of people who would have been denied in the past are now out their carrying guns.
"Now I think it's the mindset of 'Well, there's no question there,' you know as long as there is no prohibiter there that they have in their background or something they will automatically get the permits and I think people want to take advantage of it. I did not deny very many permits when it was a shall issue, but it's just the shall issue spurred a lot of people to come in and apply for them."
Any fears that the change in law would mean an increase in gun violence have not been realized...at least not in Pottawatomie County.
"I have not seen any indication of that. I don't know what it is statewide, I have never heard anybody, any other sheriff's mention that they have seen an increase in gun violence because of this."
Danker says most permits are issued for self protection. He notes an increase in the issuance of permits following mass shooting events. Because of the increased demand, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office has extended their hours to be open until 5:00 on Wednesday's to get a permit.