NORTH LIBERTY – In the wake of a shooting Sunday in a small Iowa town just north of Iowa City, a sheriff is blaming Iowa’s “inflexible gun permit law” for a gun ending up in the hands of the shooter.
The Des Moines Register has reported that Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek commented on the Sunday shooting in North Liberty and the Iowa gun law that forbids sheriffs from denying gun permits to most people, saying that the incident “illustrates the dangerous inflexibility of Iowa’s law granting gun permits.”
Iowa sheriffs used to be able to arbitrarily deny gun permits to citizens, until 2011’s “shall issue” law was passed.
The Register has reported that more than 148,000 people in Iowa have applied for a permit since the “shall issue” state law went into effect. About 620 permit applications have been denied; a 99.6% approval rating.
According to the Register, the shooter, Taleb Hussein Yousef Salameh, 28 – who was killed in a trailer park in North Liberty after shooting and inuring 3 law enforcement officers – was able to obtain a gun permit even though the University of Iowa voiced reservations about violence in the man’s past.
Salameh was able to obtain a gun permit after an Iowa City psychologist, Dr. Gregory Gullickson, sent a letter to Pulkrabek vouching for Salameh.