Until a couple of years ago, you had to pass a test. In order to get a concealed carry permit in Iowa you had to pass a target shooting test. You had to get 70% hits on a pie plate sized target at ten meters while reloading once. Obviously that is no longer necessary.
Iowa law enforcement officials are debating the wisdom of granting gun permits to blind people.
The Des Moines Register reports Iowa law doesn’t allow sheriffs to deny a permit to carry a gun in public based on physical ability.
Some sheriffs have been granting gun permits to people with visual impairments while others have been denying them.
Jane Hudson with Disability Rights Iowa says keeping legally blind people from obtaining weapon permits would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Somebody needs to ask Jane why denying them a drivers licence doesn’t violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
There is, of course, more to this than meets the eye. It is a concealed carry “weapon” permit. You need it in Iowa to carry a blade of more than five inches, pepper spray above a certain quantity or a stun gun. I have to assume that most of the blind are wanting to carry these types of weapons… which is reasonable. I am guessing if they offered a permit that restricted the blind to these types of weapons, they would still apply.