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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 Bronze Member on Sep. 10, 2013 at 3:52 PM
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Up next. Blind people will be required to register for the draft and if we end up in a big war, Iowa will send us its blind people to serve. After all they already "know" how to shoot guns. 

I am a gun owner and a big backer of gun rights but come on enough is enough. There has to be a line somewhere otherwise we should just say that everyone can legally own a gun. Insane? Here's a gun.  Murder? Here's a gun. 

by Lina on Sep. 10, 2013 at 3:55 PM

I have to say I don't understand how they could have a gun. I am a huge gun supporter too

by Lauren on Sep. 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM
How exactly is that a dumb response?

Quoting Bonita131:


Quoting Shoota:

Aren't you full of insults? Just FYI, you can debate and still be nice about it.

I guess you are right, because a gun has never been fired in the dark, or in fog, or when vision has been obstructed. I am not so stupid to think that every time someone has shot a gun it has been a clear shot in daylight. If they are TRAINED, then I see no reason why they can protect themselves, and their home. Are you seriously thinking its going to be like the wild west??!! Blind people shooting up the place?



Quoting Bonita131:



Quoting Shoota:

I don't think that you should have your rights taken away because of a disability. Especially if they take classes and are educated on the matter.


You have got to be kidding? There's a big difference in a physically disabled person having a gun and a blind person having a gun. Kindly tell us what you'd do if a blind person decided you were a threat & was pointing a gun at your head, torso or whatever part of your body ready & willing to shoot at what he or she can't even bloody well see? Are you really that stupid? What if you had your kids with you? The blind person couldn't tell who the hell he or she is aiming his gun at so would shoot (blindly) at the source of what he or she hears, which would most likely end up with you being shot or your child being shot or an innocent adult/child/baby, bystander being shot.

I swear to god, American's are getting dumber & dumber by the second with such idiotic & bordering on insane thinking.



I can not believe you came up with an even dumber response.


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