What could go wrong: Iowa is granting gun permits to the blind

September 8, 2013
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Iowa is now granting permits to acquire or carry guns in public, to either those who are legally blind, or completely blind. What could go wrong?

The permits are legal because State law does not allow Sheriffs to deny an Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.
The problem is public safety.

USA Today reports, “Advocates for the disabled and Iowa law enforcement officers disagree over whether it’s a good idea for visually disabled Iowans to have weapons.

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On one side: People such as Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington, who demonstrated for The Des Moines Register how blind people can be taught to shoot guns. And Jane Hudson, executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, who says blocking visually impaired people from the right to obtain weapon permits would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. That federal law generally prohibits different treatment based on disabilities.

On the other side: People such as Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos, who said he wouldn’t issue a permit to someone who is blind. And Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, who says guns may be a rare exception to his philosophy that blind people can participate fully in life.”

A legally blind person shouldn’t be an issue in my opinion, but completely blind?

Private gun ownership — even hunting — by visually impaired Iowans is nothing new. But the practice of visually impaired residents legally carrying firearms in public became widely possible thanks to gun permit changes that took effect in Iowa in 2011, USA Today reports.

According to Polk County officials, they’ve issued weapons permits to at least three people who can’t legally drive and were unable to read the application forms or had difficulty doing so because of visual impairments.

My brother can only see light and shapes. Although he’s a very accomplished person in that he can kick ass, and has black/brown belts in several of the martial arts –and he’s absolutely brilliant — in no way do I want him carrying a gun.

There’s a lot more at USA Today. 

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  • cyndi lagasse

    “And Jane Hudson, executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, who says blocking visually impaired people from the right to obtain weapon permits would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. That federal law generally prohibits different treatment based on disabilities.”
    We don’t give blind people drivers or pilot’s licenses either – is that discrimination too or just common freaking sense?

  • Mark Jansen

    They let blind-believing Eve-the-Rib & Adumb-OUCH G.D. It (!) vote… that’s practically the same thing.

  • Charles Matson

    I have never heard of anything so down right stupid. And Patti it’s not the government it’s the NRA.

  • K K Putnam

    Welcome To America!

  • pattianne pascual

    p.s-i would only compromise on this, allow the blind to have the guns, as long as there aren’t any bullets in them

  • pattianne pascual

    I am very pro-gun rights,but this is ridiculous.if we go by the saying “the blind leading the blind”, it describes perfectly what our system of government has become.

  • Christina McDonald

    Um er uh. I think I’ll NOT go through that state if I ever decide to tour the USA. LOL

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