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Old July 26th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #136
 
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I'm a part of the 2009 CCW boom brought on by the 2008 election cycle.
I am part of the change in Iowa, after approximately 100 years, of a permit to carry system that was formerly "may issue" and is, effective Jan. 1, 2011, a "shall issue" system. May issue gave 100% absolute discretion to your sheriff to deny any and all applications, for any reason or no reason. No judicial review afterwards, either; and he could restrict your permit in any way he chose ("only good for use while hunting"). What a bogus system of tyranny.

Now, if you meet the statutory requirements, sheriffs must issue unless they have a legitimate reason they put in writing (and which is subject to administrative and judicial review).

The change I guess followed the legislative election of November 2008. By spring of 2010, they were able to change the law, effective with the new year (2011). It was a long wait from spring to January 1, but I used that time to pore over everything on the internet to learn about handguns, shooting, concealed carry, etc. It was a mini-education that I spent 100s of hours on.

Finally January came, and on the 5th day of the month, I went into my sheriff's office with a filled-out application and emerged 15 minutes later with my permit to carry (PTC) in hand.

With the PTC, you can purchase weapons without a further NICS check (because the NICS check is part of our PTC system). (Previously, in Iowa, you had to get a permit to purchase from your sheriff!)

The PTC is for open and closed carry. It is also for long guns, shotguns, and knives.

So Iowa now has a pretty good system now. You turn in your application, and if you meet the statutory requirements, the sheriff must issue or issue a written denial specifying his reasons for denying. On January 5, I got my permit in 15 minutes.

I got a handgun a few days later and started carrying. I am not old, but neither am I young any longer. I've lived in Iowa for a quarter century, and never had a chance to bear arms (God given) until this year. Thank God for this change.

Now I have an LC9, which I love, love, love.




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Old July 26th, 2011, 06:19 PM   #137
 
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A local Sheriff convinced me it would be a good idea particularly in my job.

Ironically my employer disallows firearms on the premises.
Wow the same for me at work, but I work in parking lots early in the AM with parking meters.

But this is my same story as pfllewis,

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It took me a long time to finally reach the decision to CCW. I work in the financial industry, (ATM Service) at all hours of the day but this was not the governing factor. My main reason is the decline of human decency to one another, it has become apparent in this day and age that in a blink of an eye your life can be changed. I just want the "odds" to be in my favor, I take CCW very seriously, I practice, not just at the range but also mentally in situations I encounter. It costs a lot of money to commit to CCW, the choice of firearm, the training, license fees, but more than this there is the mental preparedness one must fully understand what you are about to undertake. This is some serious stuff...if you shoot someone in self defense plan on going to jail, having to get a lawyer, bail, all sorts of legal issues. I will do almost anything to avoid shooting someone, even turning and running, but...there will also the time when you have no option.
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Old August 4th, 2011, 03:54 PM   #138
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I asked a friend who was a local policeman at the time what he thought about it. He told me that he thought concealed carry was a great idea and that he highly recommeded getting a CCW license and gun. Since I got my CCW permit we have watched our little town slide steadily down hill.
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And finally; Got old, can't run.
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To be completely honest I had decided back into the shooting sports (3 gun) and having a CCW permit made it easier to purchase. What came next kind of surprised me, after taking the classes I got serious about actually carrying. I think deep down I was getting back into shooting because of the crap that is becoming more frequent everyday and the desire to keep my family safe. I have read through all the posts and agree that the turn society has taken is strong motivation. I train weekly now both live fire and virtual. I have a Gander Academy 2 miles from my house where I can do virtual situation training, which really adds a stress level to your training, and I take advantage of it.
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Well......I am.....OK, have gotten older......and hence a little wiser.......so I carry.
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Old September 11th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #142
 
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Neighborhood I live in I felt I needed to protect my family
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i drove a tool truck for a few years and several of my fellow tool men were robbed. this gave me the "desire" to get my CC liscense, but when my wife got hers first then it became a must have. she had an incident in a target parking lot where a man tried to get into her vehicle with her and the 3 kids. thankfully he was unsuccessful. 2 weeks later a man and woman were knifed to death in the same parking lot. she was the police 911 operator who handled the call. 1 week later she was in a class, and i took mine the next chance i had.
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It was simple for me. My house was broken into and I was threaten by some gang members. I decided I needed something to protect me and my family. Funny thing since I have my gun I no longer have any problems. I don't go around like Wyet Erp but I'm always aware and prepared.
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I travel often in a city that has a high crime rate (Philadelphia, PA). Every day I read in the newspaper about the killings, assaults, carjackings, muggings, home invasions, etc,. All the police can do is to show up and take the report. They can't help me when I need them. I'm in my sixies and I refuse to to be a victim. I carry for self defense. I can't run as fast as I used to so I must stop and make a stand, and I will with my Ruger P95 DC in my hand.

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It's like I told a local Sheriffs' deputy awhile back when he asked that question. I said "In case I need to shoot somebody."
LOL--- I have to remember that!!
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Ditto - to everyone's reasons. Unfortunately BGs outnumber LEOs. LEOs can only investigate the results of violence. It's up to me to protect my family, self and property. Alarmed and armed... "Come on in - these shootin' iron's gettin' heavy"!
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Well I work in the insurance industry and its all about the numbers. A retired LEO sent me to some statistics about San Antonio. 1 LEO to 756 people. Emergency response time for a code 3 call: 5.6 minutes. What kinda bad things can happen in that time frame?

Then I met a gentleman that was meeting a friend for lunch. The gentleman was running late. That was in Killeen at the Lubys massacre. His friend was killed that day by a lunatic. He changed my attitude about CC. So I got mine in 2009. Good times/bad times does not really matter. When the chances for something bad happening is 1 in a #####, that means it is affecting someone. Maybe you or someone you know and love. That chance for it happening to you is not known until it happens. Be responsible, be safe. And spread the word about legally protecting yourself.
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Since I can remember I have carried a weapon of some sort. As I grew up I came to realize that the reality I lived in wasn't the TV Land world many around me live in. I carried in the past and now in that I'm in WI I wait until Nov+ to carry legally here. I have been at the scene of too many shootings to believe that it can't happen to me. So, I will carry to be able to protect my family and myself should the need arise again.
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The neighborhood I live in isn't exactly bad but I'm on a major north south road that leads from the heart of the ghetto about a mile or so to the north to a bad apartment complex about a half mile to the south. People of varying moral character are always walking past my house. I initially got my CPL so that I could carry when walking the dog at night but nowadays if I'm not at work or drinking alcohol you can bet I'm carrying something.
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