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09-09-13, 06:20 PM #1
Controversy over permits for blind people to carry guns in publicIowa is granting permits to acquire or carry guns in public to people who are legally or completely blind.No one questions the legality of the permits. State law does not allow sheriffs to deny an Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.The quandary centers squarely on public safety. Advocates for the disabled and Iowa law enforcement officers disagree over whether it’s a good idea for visually disabled Iowans to have weapons.
On one side: People such as Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington, who demonstrated for the Register how blind people can be taught to shoot guns. And Jane Hudson, executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, who says blocking visually impaired people from the right to obtain weapon permits would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. That federal law generally prohibits different treatment based on disabilities.On the other side: People such as Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos, who said he wouldn’t issue a permit to someone who is blind. And Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, who says guns may be a rare exception to his philosophy that blind people can participate fully in life.Private gun ownership — even hunting — by visually impaired Iowans is nothing new. But the practice of visually impaired residents legally carrying firearms in public became widely possible thanks to gun permit changes that took effect in Iowa in 2011.
09-09-13, 09:17 PM #2
After seeing some of our officers fire, I'd trust the blind guy.
09-10-13, 09:17 AM #3
I think the terms "blind" and "visually impaired" are not exclusive to each other.
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09-10-13, 09:21 AM #4
I have a problem with this.
There are about 64,000 other things more pressing. The day I ask a blind citizen to disarm in the interest of himself or others will be such a care free day I'd probably forget all about it and fall asleep mounted on my Pegasus before flying off to a Johnny Cash concert with Frank Sinatra as the opening act.
63,796 involves a drain snake and a dentist. It's a little dark. Well, got that show to look forward to.
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