Iowa Grants Gun Permits to the Blind

Julie Hawkins

Iowa Grants Gun Permits to the Blind

CREATED Sep. 9, 2013

Des Moines, IA - The state of Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind.

The Des Moines Register reports that the permits allow legally blind applicants to purchase weapons and carry them in public.

And according to state law, any attempt to deny an Iowan these rights, based on physical ability would be illegal.
Iowans have always been able to carry a firearm in private, but a new law passed in 2011 extends that right to the public sphere while placing no limits on physical ability.
In Nebraska, applicants for a permit to carry a concealed handgun must provide "proof of vision".
Other states have indirect requirements that could disqualify people who are blind.
That includes Missouri and Minnesota, where applicants must complete a live fire test, which means they have to shoot and hit a target.
Iowa does require training for anyone who is issued a permit to carry a weapon in public, but that requirement can be satisfied through an online course that does not include any hands-on instruction or a shooting test.