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Iowa Telegraph-Herald: Sheriff: Uncomfortable with 50-75 gun permits


January 17, 2011- Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos said Monday that he felt uncomfortable with between about 50 and 75 individuals who have been issued gun permits since changes to the carry-law took effect Jan. 1, taking the power away from the sheriff to deny a request.

Vrtosos said the worry comes from a variety of reasons, including his inability to deny individuals with past mental health issues.

“That person can go up a dozen times (for treatment) over the last five years and we can’t do anything about it,” he told the supervisors during a work session involving a possible weapons ban on county properties. “We still have to sign that permit. There is some legitimate reasons why they should be denied and we don’t have the discretion really anymore to do that.”

For more on the issue, pick up tomorrow’s TH.

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