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YOUR THREE CENTS: Do you think people who are legally blind should be granted gun permits?
Iowa is granting permits to acquire or carry guns in public to people who are legally or completely blind.
State law does not allow sheriffs to deny an Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.
Advocates for the blind and law enforcement officers disagree over whether it's a good idea for visually disabled Iowans to have weapons. Some insist the blind can be taught to shoot guns. And blocking visually impaired people from getting a weapons permit would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Several Iowa sheriffs say they have granted permits to people who couldn't legally drive and were unable to read the application forms.
The Gun Control Act of 1968 and other federal laws do not prohibit blind people from owning guns. But some states have laws that spell out whether visually impaired people can obtain weapon permits.
Missouri and Minnesota applicants must complete a live fire test. They have to shoot and hit a target.
But that essentially disqualifies anyone who can't see the target.
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