Republican candidate in House District 3 says state should allow sheriffs discretion when issuing carry permits

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There is a three-way primary for the Republican nomination in Iowa House District 3. One of those candidates, Dennis Bush, said he doesn’t favor expanding current gun rights and would like to see sheriffs have the discretion to issue carry permits.

Iowa became a shall-issue state rather than a may-issue state a decade ago.

The landmark change in the law on Permit to Carry Weapons was passed in 2010 and became effective on January 1, 2011. Since then, approximately ten times as many Iowans hold a Permit to Carry Weapons. Iowa has the nation’s fifth-highest percentage of eligible adults holding permits (almost 12% at last count).

“I would not support any changes to current Iowa Code except one change I would like to see and it was allowed earlier was that county sheriffs would have the discretion when issuing permits to carry,” Bush said.

He went on to say he owns guns, hunts and supports the Second Amendment, but he doesn’t see expanding Second Amendment laws beyond where it already is.

Bush is a current Cherokee County supervisor.

Lynn Evans and Mark McHugh are also running for the nomination.

You can read about their candidacies here:

Dennis Bush

Lynn Evans

Mark McHugh