The law is a loophole that has yet to be addressed and allows misdemeanor sex offenders to carry a firearm in public.
So far 50 offenders have been given permits causing law enforcement as well as public and government officials to call for an immediate change.
The Iowa law is just one around the nation coming to light as the debate about guns continues at nearly every level.
Steve Conlon is the deputy unit chief of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit’s Evil Minds Research Museum in Quantico, Virginia.
Conlon calls the law counter-intuitive. “It does seem to go contrary to what the whole point or the whole purpose.”
USA Today reports a law changed in 2011 allowing the new loophole. That law gave law enforcement officials the authority to deny sex offenders a gun permit.
Without it anyone convicted of a misdemeanor sex crimes is free to enjoy their Second Amendment rights in Iowa.
Supporters say that as long as the charges are misdemeanors and the applicants have paid their fines or time, they should have their rights.
Other states are finding the same thing. Nebraska, Missouri and Wisconsin have something similar.
We looked at an Oklahoma application for a gun license and while it covers assault and battery, mental health, stalking, and domestic violence it doesn’t specifically mention sex offenders.
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