COUNCIL BLUFFS — Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker has been extra busy in recent weeks. Make that “deluged.”
“I’ve been deluged with (gun) permits, and I have no problem with that,” Danker told a large audience Thursday evening at the Council Bluffs Public Library. “A lot of people are purchasing guns and ammunition. There is a lot of concern of gun rights. I’ve always supported the Second Amendment and a citizen’s right to bear arms.”
Danker, who spoke at the monthly meeting of the county’s Republican Party Central Committee, believes Congress will focus on mental health matters on any gun control bill rather than banning certain weapons.
He agrees with that approach.
“We are a jail, we incarcerate people. We end up getting a fair amount of those with mental health issues,” he said. “Mental health issues need to be addressed.”
Addressing questions from the audience, Danker said:
» A Sheriff’s Office response team has been trained to deal with the unthinkable: trying to prevent a school shooting. That includes knowing the layout of each county school. And school buses have radios so drivers can quickly contact deputies. “The radio system is a huge asset,” Danker said.
» County residents want a shooting range to improve their skills. “One of the concerns I’ve heard is that people want a place to go shoot.”
Currently, the only place in the county is run by the Council Bluffs Rifle and Pistol Club.