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Culver to sign concealed weapons measure

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Gov. Chet Culver has told The Associated Press he will sign into law a measure overhauling the way concealed weapon permits are issued.

The governor says he plans to sign the measure on Thursday.

He says he's always been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, which protects the right to keep and bear arms. Culver also says telephone calls and e-mails to his office have run heavily in favor of the measure.

Currently, those seeking a permit to carry a concealed weapon must apply with their local sheriff, who has broad discretion to make the decision about whether to grant the permit.

The new law would require sheriffs to issue permits to applicants who meet a set standard and allows sheriffs to deny an application only for a specific set of reasons.

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