State approves weapons permits for the blind
September 11, 2013
The state of Iowa is granting permits for the legally blind or completely blind to carry guns in Iowa in public places. [Newsmax]
The issue has started a debate between disability advocates and law enforcement that focuses on public safety and personal rights of the handicapped.
While some states have vision requirements for gun ownership, Iowa does not. In addition, a gun permit law passed in 2010 opened the door to permitting the blind to carry guns in public.
Delaware Sheriff John LeClere questions the wisdom of permitting someone to shoot at a target that cannot clearly see.
“At what point do vision problems have a detrimental effect to fire a firearm? If you see nothing but a blurry mass in front of you, then I would say you probably shouldn’t be shooting something,” LeClere told Newsmax.
Chris Danielsen, director of public relations for the National Federation of the Blind, does not think a vision issue should prohibit someone from carrying a gun in public.
“There’s no reason solely on the [basis] of blindness that a blind person shouldn’t be allowed to carry a weapon,” Danielsen told the Register. “Presumably they’re going to have enough sense not to use a weapon in a situation where they would endanger other people, just like we would expect other people to have that common sense.”