Criminal Background Check System for Gun Buyers Has Potentially Deadly Flaws
JOHNSTON, Iowa -- In Iowa, permits to acquire and carry weapons are valid for five years from the date of issue. "The federal law allows up to 60 months," said Tom Hudson, General Manager of CrossRoads Shooting Sports in Johnston. "So Iowa, much like several other states, maximize that allowance. And that's a federal thing, so it's nothing Iowa's really not doing that is circumventing or pushing the boundaries or anything on that. But, from a retailer's perspective, knowing that not all states are actively complying with the federal level request for records checks and all those things, and quite frankly, I don't know Iowa's mix in that, but let's assume that Iowa's only partially really complying, then our 60-month window is a bit of a farce."