Weapons carry permits still a hot item

The number of weapons carry permit holders in Lee County continues to rise.

It's been about 45 days since the State of Iowa allowed people to apply for a weapon permit that would allow them to carry concealed weapons.

Before January 1, 2011 there was a more restrictive law on the books that allowed permits to be issued by the county sheriff at his or her discretion.

But now about 99% of the people who apply for a permit to carry a gun are granted the license.

A total of 650 permits have been granted in those 45 days.

Only three have been denied.

We were told the majority of applicants have been 30 years of age or older.

KHQA's Jim Whitfield checked in with Lee County Sheriff Jim Scholl and also the president of Iowa Firearms Coalition to see what they think since the law changed January 1, 2011.

Tune in for more tonight on KHQA's News at 5:00PM, 6:00PM and 10:00PM.