My wife is out of town so I decided to go to take the CCW class on Thursday nite. (The arm injury delayed me earlier in the year) Pretty interesting discussion regarding the legalities of carrying. No shooting is required in Iowa, but the instructor did have a laser training gun that was kind of fun to play with. After seeing how one of the guys in the class handled the training gun, I kind of wish Iowa would require a test of shooting proficiency. Scar-ry... For anyone in eastern Iowa looking to take the class, I'd recommend the class I attended... http://www.gunsafetygroup.com/ So I went down the the Sheriff's office Friday morning and they processed my permit while I waited. Probably took all of 15 minutes. All told, the Iowa process from training to card in hand took probably 4 hours.