DES MOINES - People with disabilities are vulnerable to criminal attacks and should be among those allowed to carry guns in public, some Iowa law enforcement members are saying. Banning the visually impaired from defending themselves with firearms would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, others argue.
A person's right to bear arms isn't based on whether he or she can see their target. However, carrying a gun in public raises safety concerns.
Iowa's concealed carry law doesn't mention vision requirement, so some parts of Iowa are issuing carry permits to visually impaired while others aren't, the Des Moines Register reports, citing public safety concerns.
Illinois' new concealed carry law also doesn't mention a vision standard, but it does require permit carriers to pass a firearms training requirement.
In Nebraska, applicants for a permit to carry a concealed handgun must provide “proof of vision” by either presenting a valid state driver’s license or a statement by an eye doctor that the person meets vision requirements set for a typical vehicle operator’s license.
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