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Iowa Gun Laws Allow Blind People to Get Gun Permits
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) You might think safely shooting a gun has a lot to do with being able to clearly see your target. Youd be mostly right. But in Iowa, having a visual impairment wont stand in the way of a blind person legally getting a gun permit.
"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, said Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner
And those questions dont include anything about the applicants vision. Iowa is a shall issue state, meaning all 99 Sheriffs offices must issue a gun permit to anyone who meets the state standards for one. For at least one sheriff, thats not good enough and he would deny a permit to a blind person.
"As a Sheriff that needs to be responsible, I would let the person who was denied a permit to go the appeal route and have a judge decide whether or not I'm right or wrong, said Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos.
Others counter that keeping guns out of the hands of people who cant see their targets is a violation of their constitutional rights.
"If youre blind does your 4th Amendment right go away or do you still need a warrant to get your front door kicked in?" asked Cedar Valley Outfitters Ernie Traugh.
Somewhere in between is the Superintendent of Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Vision Impaired Patrick Clancy. He says there are many things that visually impaired people can do with just a little bit of help.
But things like shooting a weapon is highly dependent upon accuracy in terms of visual ability so under all conditions I would have some reservations, explained Clancy.
He says hed be behind measures that allow blind people to do things like shoot at a range but not carry a weapon in public.
"Public Safety needs to certainly be looked at in this respect and make sure that it does not create a hazard to the public, said Sheriff Gardner.