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Can you be blind and own a gun? Yes! Eye sight not necessary ...

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Iowa Issues Gun Permits To The Blind, Allowing Them To Carry In Public
Ryan GrenobleThe Huffington PostSep 08, 2013
In a move sure to leave gun safety advocates scratching their heads, Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind.

The permits allow legally blind applicants to purchase weapons and carry them in public. Per state law, any attempt to deny an Iowan these rights based on physical ability would be illegal, reports the Des Moines Register.

"When you shoot a gun, you take it out and point and shoot, and I don't necessarily think eyesight is necessary," said Michael Barber, a blind man interviewed by The Register at a gun store in Iowa last month.

The issue has also vexed local sheriffs -- the authorities tasked with reviewing applications -- with some in full support of the measure, and others against.

Explains Delaware County Sheriff John LeClere, "If you see nothing but a blurry mass in front of you, then I would say you probably shouldn't be shooting something.”

Counters Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington, who has a legally blind daughter, “If sheriffs spent more time trying to keep guns out of criminals’ hands and not people with disabilities, their time would be more productive.”

Iowans have always been able to carry a firearm in private, but a new law passed in 2011 extends that right to the public sphere while placing no limits on physical ability.

Federal law, in tandem with the Gun Control Act of 1968, also does nothing to limit the legally blind from owning a gun, leaving that issue for states to sort out individually. Kansas, for instance, altered their laws in 2010 to prohibit issuing concealed carry permits to anyone "suffering a physical infirmity which prevents the safe handling of a weapon."

In January of this year, shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, blind singer Stevie Wonder offered his thoughts on gun control in an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan. “Imagine me with a gun," he said. "It’s just crazy.”

READ more of this story at The Desmoines Register.
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by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM
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lga1965
by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

 The gun merchants in Iowa have lost their minds due to greed, it seems.

lga1965
by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 11:34 PM

I am so not surprised that you are all in favor of blind people owning guns 'cause you are a gun owner and your gun posts are ridiculous. You're just a regular Annie Oakley. And special.

OMG your source is Wikipedia! Holy moly!

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 You can be legally blind and still be able to see well enough to fire a gun or even drive a car.  My high school band director was legally blind and he put together award winning marching band drills.

 

In North America and most of Europe, legal blindness is defined as visual acuity (vision) of 20/200 (6/60) or less in the better eye with best correction possible. This means that a legally blind individual would have to stand 20 feet (6.1 m) from an object to see it—with corrective lenses—with the same degree of clarity as a normally sighted person could from 200 feet (61 m). In many areas, people with average acuity who nonetheless have a visual field of less than 20 degrees (the norm being 180 degrees) are also classified as being legally blind. Approximately ten percent of those deemed legally blind, by any measure, have no vision. The rest have some vision, from light perception alone to relatively good acuity. Low vision is sometimes used to describe visual acuities from 20/70 to 20/200.[3]

By the 10th Revision of the WHO International Statistical Classification of Diseases, Injuries and Causes of Death, low vision is defined as visual acuity of less than 20/60 (6/18), but equal to or better than 20/200 (6/60), or corresponding visual field loss to less than 20 degrees, in the better eye with best possible correction. Blindness is defined as visual acuity of less than 20/400 (6/120), or corresponding visual field loss to less than 10 degrees, in the better eye with best possible correction.[4][5]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blindness

 

 

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Sep. 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM
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 Legally blind or blind blind?

 Blind with no vision at all? I find that just terrifying!

hockytwndhampyr
by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Now this is just about the dumbest thing I ever heard of. I'm all for the right to carry a gun and whatnot, but what are these people using for brains!? You don't give a blind person a permit to carry and use a gun. That is a disaster just waiting to happen.
Kriskash25
by Member on Sep. 9, 2013 at 1:57 AM

As it seems most would have it, everyone should be able to own a gun, no matter their past or current physical or mental stability! lol I don't know where I stand on it!

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Sep. 9, 2013 at 2:13 AM

but you can't be an MM patient.Oxycontin? sure, why not, what could go wrong ?

adderall? have at it! 

we just don't want those mellow, hungry people armed.

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Sep. 9, 2013 at 2:26 AM
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I laughed when I read this.  For some reason when I was reading I had a vision of a person shooting madly into a crowd of people because they felt scared when someone bumped into them?

Too bad they dont live in Florida....they could shoot anyone they wanted and say they felt threatened.

billsfan1104
by Jules on Sep. 9, 2013 at 2:35 AM
We get it. You hate guns. But there is no reason to go and attack someone else, because they believe in gun ownership and you don't.
I am glad she pointed out what constitutes legally blind in this country. I have learned that I could be potentionally legally blind without my contacts. And so what that it comes from Wikipedia?


Quoting lga1965:

I am so not surprised that you are all in favor of blind people owning guns 'cause you are a gun owner and your gun posts are ridiculous. You're just a regular Annie Oakley. And special.


OMG your source is Wikipedia! Holy moly!


Quoting yourspecialkid:


 You can be legally blind and still be able to see well enough to fire a gun or even drive a car.  My high school band director was legally blind and he put together award winning marching band drills.


 


In North America and most of Europe, legal blindness is defined as visual acuity (vision) of 20/200 (6/60) or less in the better eye with best correction possible. This means that a legally blind individual would have to stand 20 feet (6.1 m) from an object to see it—with corrective lenses—with the same degree of clarity as a normally sighted person could from 200 feet (61 m). In many areas, people with average acuity who nonetheless have a visual field of less than 20 degrees (the norm being 180 degrees) are also classified as being legally blind. Approximately ten percent of those deemed legally blind, by any measure, have no vision. The rest have some vision, from light perception alone to relatively good acuity. Low vision is sometimes used to describe visual acuities from 20/70 to 20/200.[3]


By the 10th Revision of the WHO International Statistical Classification of Diseases, Injuries and Causes of Death, low vision is defined as visual acuity of less than 20/60 (6/18), but equal to or better than 20/200 (6/60), or corresponding visual field loss to less than 20 degrees, in the better eye with best possible correction. Blindness is defined as visual acuity of less than 20/400 (6/120), or corresponding visual field loss to less than 10 degrees, in the better eye with best possible correction.[4][5]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blindness


 


 

billsfan1104
by Jules on Sep. 9, 2013 at 2:36 AM
What does this have to do with Florida? Oh wait, trying to start shit about Zimmmerman. Guess what, the trial is over with!!! Didn't like the results, then do something about changes laws, instead of bitching about it on Cafemom.

Quoting turtle68:

I laughed when I read this.  For some reason when I was reading I had a vision of a person shooting madly into a crowd of people because they felt scared when someone bumped into them?

Too bad they dont live in Florida....they could shoot anyone they wanted and say they felt threatened.

billsfan1104
by Jules on Sep. 9, 2013 at 3:02 AM
I would like to know if they are "legally blind", but have corrective lenses, is why they can get gun permits?
But if they are just plain blind, if they can get a gun permit.
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