09-08-2013, 04:35 PM #1
Iowa grants gun permits to the blind
Jason Clayworth, The Des Moines Register 1 a.m. EDT September 8, 2013
No one questions the legality of the permits, but some officials worry about public safety.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Here's some news that has law enforcement officials and lawmakers scratching their heads:
Iowa is granting permits to acquire or carry guns in public to people who are legally or completely blind.
No one questions the legality of the permits. State law does not allow sheriffs to deny an Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.
The quandary centers squarely on public safety. Advocates for the disabled and Iowa law enforcement officers disagree over whether it's a good idea for visually disabled Iowans to have weapons.
On one side: People such as Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington, who demonstrated for The Des Moines Register how blind people can be taught to shoot guns. And Jane Hudson, executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, who says 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
On the other side: People such as Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos, who said he wouldn't issue a permit to someone who is blind. And Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, who says guns may be a rare exception to his philosophy that blind people can participate fully in life. more at link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...blind/2780303/This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!
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09-08-2013, 09:56 PM #2
I'm at a loss for words here, seriously.“Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all." -Abp Oscar Romero
09-08-2013, 10:00 PM #3Former Member
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Is there a big demand for this?
Legally Blind people can drive in Iowa...why wouldn't they be able to own a gun?
09-08-2013, 10:18 PM #4
Wow!!Neither the state nor the defense team are saints, and there is usually plenty of incompetence to go around on both sides of the courtroom.
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Par for the course, I guess.
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