Iowa Law Now Allows Legally Blind Individuals to Carry Guns in Public

iowa-gunYes, you’ve read that headline correctly.  In Iowa you can be legally blind, unable to drive or even read the application which is required to obtain a gun permit—but you’ll still be legally allowed to carry a gun in public.

In what I’m going to assume is an unintended consequence of allowing individuals with disabilities to legally obtain firearm permits, Iowa now allows for legally blind citizens to carry loaded firearms out in public.

And no, this is not The Onion (although they did mention the story on their site).

People that can’t drive a vehicle because their eyesight has deemed them too dangerous to operate a vehicle, and who couldn’t even fill out the application for the gun permit due to their extremely poor vision, are legally allowed to own, carry and potentially operate loaded firearms in public.

Because what could go wrong with that, right?

The director of Disabilities Rights Iowa said excluding blind people from being able to obtain these permits would violate the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Which might be true, but at what point does common sense need to take over decision making?  Just because, as the article claims, there is special training for blind individuals to operate firearms doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to allow these individuals the right to carry loaded weapons out with them in public.

And don’t even tell me this has something to do with trying to violate an American’s Second Amendment rights.  This is about common sense.  

Should legally blind people be allowed to own guns?  Sure.  Should they be allowed to operate firearms?  Why not?  As long as it’s done in a safe environment with supervision, I say go for it.

But if you ask me if legally blind individuals, who can’t even fill out the application for the gun permit because they can’t see it, should be allowed to carry loaded weapons in public—you’re out of your mind.

While a few might use the “self defense” argument, someone who is legally blind is far more likely to shoot an innocent person rather than their attacker.

Which I might understand their argument on some level, but seriously, blind people carrying loaded guns?  Who really thinks this is a good idea?

At some point, logic and common sense must dictate law.  And while I sympathize with anyone who is legally blind, I just can’t see how, on any level, someone who is deemed too unsafe to operate a car should be classified as “safe” enough to carry a loaded firearm in public.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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