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Culver signs weapons bill

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Gov. Chet Culver has signed into law an overhaul of Iowa's concealed weapons rules that make it more difficult for sheriffs to reject permit requests.

Speaking Thursday at a bill-signing ceremony, Culver maintained the measure struck an appropriate balance between the right to carry a gun and public safety.

The new law changes rules that had given sheriffs broad authority to reject concealed weapon permit applications. Sheriffs now will only be allowed to turn down applications for specific reasons, such as being a convicted felon or being declared mentally incompetent.

Thursday was his deadline for dealing with bills approved in this year's Legislature.

Online Anchor:  Bob Waters

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