In a move sure to leave gun safety advocates scratching their heads, Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind.
The permits allow legally blind applicants to purchase weapons and carry them in public. Per state law, any attempt to deny an Iowan these rights based on physical ability would be illegal, reports the Des Moines Register.
“When you shoot a gun, you take it out and point and shoot, and I don’t necessarily think eyesight is necessary,” said Michael Barber, a blind man interviewed by The Register at a gun store in Iowa last month.
The issue has also vexed local sheriffs — the authorities tasked with reviewing applications — with some in full support of the measure, and others against.
Explains Delaware County Sheriff John LeClere, “If you see nothing but a blurry mass in front of you, then I would say you…
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