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    Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public?

    I'm torn on this one. On one hand if they qualify they should be able to but on the other hand, c'mon your BLIND! You want to drive too?

    "According to Prof. David Kopel of the University of Denver's Strum School of Law, in the past 25 years, 42 states have made similar alterations to their laws, changing the language to state that a sheriff "shall issue" (instead of "may issue") firearm permits to applicants without a felony record. According to Aaron Dorr, executive director of Iowa Gun Owners, sheriffs may reject a permit application based on the applicant's behavior in the previous two years.
    "We don't think being legally blind is a behavior," Dorr says"

    .Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public? - Crimesider - CBS News

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    Re: Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public?

    I, too, am torn on this one.

    I do not agree with revoking anyone's Constitutional rights. But blind people... carrying a gun???

    Tough call. Start limiting rights (other than convicted felons) and where does it stop? Do we prevent people that are stupid from voting? They are more dangerous than a blind guy with a gun.

    But blind people... carrying a gun???

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    Re: Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public?

    a legally blind Korean has won world archery championships that involve him hitting consistently a 12.2 Centimeter sized 10 ring at 70 meters distance. Legally blind does not mean an inability to see an attacker well enough to deploy defensive firearms firing



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    Re: Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public?

    If you can see well enough at say 10 meters to positively identify a threat, why not. Such vision may make you legally, but not totally/completely, blind and unable to drive but you still may be able to shoot well enough at short distances.

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    Re: Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public?

    legally blind =/= unable to see. my middle brother is legally deaf but he can still hear. he just can't hear well or sounds coming from a distance. I think it should be handled on a case by case basis. If you are legally blind but still have enough vision to not pose a threat, good to carry. but if you are freakin stevie wonder blind, no gun permit for you.
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    Re: Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public?

    why not let a blind member respond

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    Re: Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    why not let a blind member respond
    Now THAT was funny!

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    Re: Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public?

    I personally think it constitutes a reasonable limit oh wait not in 'Murica. It is just a really horrible precedent to set sure the guy who is legally blind can see several metres away but then that opens it up to people with much worse vision. If you want to do it it will require redefining legally blind or at least putting limits on the blindness. Though that is only because I know banning concealed carry and reasonable limits on rights are unacceptable in the U.S..

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    Re: Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public?

    I am legally blind. But I can see well enough to hit your body mass. So, in theory, I should be allowed a gun. I happen not to want one but......

    I don't think anyone should be allowed to carry a gun unless they have been qualified to do so. I personally might, or might not, be able to see the qualifying target and hit it. Or I might not. Simple to determine really.

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    Re: Should the legally blind be allowed to carry guns in public?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    I personally think it constitutes a reasonable limit oh wait not in 'Murica. It is just a really horrible precedent to set sure the guy who is legally blind can see several metres away but then that opens it up to people with much worse vision. If you want to do it it will require redefining legally blind or at least putting limits on the blindness. Though that is only because I know banning concealed carry and reasonable limits on rights are unacceptable in the U.S..
    Some others made good points about a legally blind person still being able to see a close up attacker but you have a good point too. If you let someone who can barely see carry a gun you have to let a bat blind guy carry one too. Maybe there needs to be at least some type of vision requirement just as there is to drive a car.

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