The number of Iowans with permits to carry concealed weapons increased dramatically in 2012, the second year of relaxed laws that govern how they're issued.
Sheriffs in Iowa's 99 counties issued more than 37,000 permits in the first 11 months of the year. Nearly 103,000 were issued in 2011, the first year after Iowa went from a "may issue" to a "shall issue" state.
State data show that 1.3 percent of Iowans had permits at the end of 2010, before the law changed. The percentage increased to 3.3 percent at the end of last year and stood at 4.6 percent through the first 11 months of this year.
Vendors at an Iowa gun show are reporting a boost in sales in the wake of the shooting that killed 20 students and six staff members at a Connecticut elementary school.
The sales appear to have increased because of fears that politicians will enact new gun restrictions following the December 14th massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Gary Boswell, owner of the Lamoni-based Boswell Guns and Ammo, says his sales at the Des Moines Gun & Knife Show have been brisk. Boswell says he sold out of .223-caliber cartridges for semi-automatic rifles, the same ammunition that was used in the school shooting. He also sold all but one of the .223 rifles that he brought to the show.