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Should the Right to Carry Include Giving Permits to the Blind?

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Bryon Houlgrave/ The Des Moines Register

States like Iowa are currently granting carry permits to the blind, but should they? Take a look at the argument and see what you think.

Some lawmakers and law enforcement officers are discussing an interesting point this week after USA Today published a story about citizens from Iowa who are blind or have vision impairments and have applied and been given permits to carry guns.

The discussion is not really a legal or not issue, under state law there is nothing that says vision is a requirement for being issued a gun carry permit. The discussion is rather, should there be?

Different sides have differing opinions on the subject and they may not be what you think. Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington is on the side advocating for ensuring that visually impaired citizens have a right to a gun just like anyone else.

Wethington also says that he has developed a system for training visually impaired people to shoot firearms that he believes to be very effective.

People on the other side though have some reservations, like Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School who says that;

Although people who are blind can participate fully in nearly all life’s experiences, there are some things like the operation of a weapon that may very well be an exception.

While some states, such as Iowa, have absolutely no requirements for vision when it comes to the issuance of permits to carry weapons. There are some, including Nebraska and South Carolina, that specifically require applicants pass vision tests before they are eligible for a weapons permit.

While this does seem like it is an issue that needs to be addressed it is one that should be carefully considered before any decisions are made. There has to be some ground where people can be enabled and given the chance to get a permit just like anyone else, but still make sure that there is no undue endangerment of the rest of the population.

For more information check out the full story by USA Today.

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Should the Right to Carry Include Giving Permits to the Blind?