Iowa gun permits are being granted to the blind. USA Today reports Sept. 8 that those who are legally or completely are not exempt from carrying guns in public places. Iowa state law prohibits sheriffs from denying Iowans "the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability."
Naturally the question of public safety is raised. Advocates for the disabled believe it is fine for the blind to have a gun permit and carry a weapon while law enforcement opposes it. The Disability Rights Iowa organization feels "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," the report stated.
Opposition includes many, such as Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos. He would not issue a permit to someone who is blind. Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, said "guns may be a rare exception to his philosophy that blind people can participate fully in life."
The Gun Control Act of 1968 and other federal laws do not deny the blind of gun ownership, with the exception of some other states. Iowa is obviously not one of them.
One Iowa county is said to likely issue training for a blind person who wants a gun permit.
How do you feel about Iowa granting gun permits to the blind?