The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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September 30, 2013

Behind the numbers on gun permits

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Before anyone can carry a gun, the state police must write rules governing the practice, which must be approved by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. But the first of those regulations — those governing the qualifying of instructors to teach gun-carry rules — were written on an “emergency” basis and don’t need the approval of the group, called the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

Already, the regulations have their critics. Vandermyde says the law’s intention was to allow local police departments to provide fingerprinting for instructors, but the rules require already-approved state fingerprint vendors, driving up the cost. He says all curriculums must be taught by approved instructors, leaving no room for lawyers or police officers to provide specifics on the legal ramifications of using force, for example.

Another concern is a rule requiring instructors to vouch for a pupil’s prior training even if they have no previous knowledge of it. For example, a military veteran needs only eight hours of training to get a carry license, and Vandermyde said it appears the instructor must vouch for that military service.

“The (state police) lawyers don’t want to be responsible for putting guns in the hands of civilians, and they’re doing everything they can to limit liability,” Vandermyde said.

Bond said complete instructions for what’s required of the training will be available today. They could be as specific as indicating how many hours are necessary in various areas, from shooting proficiency to cleaning a gun.

Bond believes they will answer many of the NRA’s concerns.

“The law is very clear and we are operating within the confines of the law,” she said.

Vandermyde believes the state will need 1,200 instructors to carry out the training. As of Sunday, the state police had approved 757 instructors. Bond said there could be 1,000 within a few days.

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