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Should the Blind be Able to Obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit?

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RICHMOND - You might think it's hard to shoot a gun if you're blind, but nonetheless it is legal in the commonwealth.

And just like almost every gun rights issue, it has both sides at odds.

Gena Reeder is a Richmond Chapter Lead for Moms Demand Action.

When it comes to a visually impaired person she says having a gun is one thing, but having a concealed carry permit is something totally different.

"If you are physically not competent to fire that weapon then you're posing a threat to public safety," she says. "It's one thing to have a firearm for your personal safety at home but when you get your concealed carry permit you are presumed to be carrying a loaded weapon out in public."

She says when the General Assembly meets early next year, her group plans to lobby for tougher gun laws.

Philip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League says he'll be there too - but fighting for a different agenda when it comes to gun rights.

He says visually impaired people have the same rights as someone who can see just fine.

"A blind person that might be under attack could push the gun towards the person, maybe even possibly touch them and then pull the trigger," he says. "That would be a more effective weapon then them trying to fight with a knife."

Several area shooting ranges say they have had visually impaired customers, they say with a little bit of help, they really aren't that bad.

And as far as State Police is concerned, they say if someone is blind, there is nothing illegal about someone helping them to fill out a concealed carry permit.

 

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