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Friday, September 13, 2013

Iowa is granting carry-in-public gun permits to blind people

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It's certainly one for the Conventional Wisdom File: Iowa is granting permits to acquire and carry guns in public to people who are legally or completely blind. State law, as it turns out, does not allow sheriffs to deny any Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability, though Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos said he wouldn't issue a permit to someone who is blind. Some people contend that denying the blind access to guns is also a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, though Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School said, "guns may be a rare exception to [my] philosophy that blind people can participate fully in life," according to The Des Moines Register.
Blind people owning guns is nothing new, but the carrying-in-public thing is, thanks to gun permit changes that took effect in 2011 in Iowa. "I'm not an expert in vision," Delaware County Sheriff John LeClere told the Register, "[But] If you see nothing but a blurry mass in front of you, then I would say you probably shouldn't be shooting something."


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