The state of Iowa treats the second amendment of the constitution of the United States with the utmost seriousness, and according to state law there is no legal reason or recourse to deny a blind person the right to own and carry a firearm.
There are a variety of reasons why the blind are not disallowed from owning or carrying weapons, including a federal law known as the Americans with Disabilities Act. To deny an American a gun, according to the law, would be discriminatory based upon a disability. The Gun Control Act of 1968 makes no mention of the blind, or their capacity.
It seems a little strange, but the way the law reads, we can’t deny them a permit just based on that one thing.
At the same time, however, Polk County confirms that they have issued 'at least three' permits to individuals who were visually impaired to the point of being unable to drive, or reading the forms they were required to fill out to obtain a permit.
Imagine me with a gun. It’s just crazy.
This issue has turned into a heated debate, with advocates on both sides. A member of Iowa law enforcement, Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington, claims that the blind having access to weapons is not a problem and that they can be trained to safely operate a variety of weapons if they are able to train their 'muscle memory' to act in accordance.
Sheriff Warren acknowledges the shortcomings by stating, 'obviously there are limitations.' However he also said:
If we had some sort of a conflict in a dark room, you’re not going to be able to do anything that a blind person couldn’t.
The debate continues.
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