Apparently, the state of Iowa is issuing conceal carry permits to the blind.
So far the state has already issued several such permits, though it has not tracked how many.
Advocates for the permits make a strong legal case. Refusing to issue permits to people with visual impairments could very well violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits people with disabilities from being treated differently under the law. Likewise, unlike driving, which is considered a privilege, gun ownership is generally understood to be a constitutional right, making it difficult to impose limitations on it. In Iowa, people with visual impairments are already allowed to own guns privately, so the question at hand is whether there is a different safety concern when it comes to letting them carry guns in public.
I doubt anyone would argue that the legally blind shouldn’t be allowed to own guns, but letting them carry their guns in public is another story.
I understand arguments against banning it, but what are the arguments for it? Is a legally-blind good guy with a gun going to stop a bad guy? Can he be relied on to shoot the correct target? Even the not-legally-blind have been known to miss.