Blind people granted gun permits in Iowa
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 09:30:00 GMT —
You might think safely shooting a gun would require being able to clearly see your target. However, in Iowa, having a visual impairment does not prevent a resident from getting a gun permit.
Iowa is a "shall issue" state, which means all sheriff's offices must issue a gun permit to anyone who meets the state standard.
For at least one sheriff, that's not good enough. "The application form is based on Iowa law and basically we only ask the questions that Iowa law says that we're allowed to ask. Public safety certainly needs to be looked at to this respect to make sure that it does not create a hazard to the public," said Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner.
Some suggest keeping guns out of the hands of people who can't see is a violation of their constitutional rights.
Even some advocates for the blind suggest arming those who can't see their target is risky.