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08/05/2014 11:59 am ET Updated Aug 28, 2014

The Case For Allowing The Blind To Buy Guns, From An NRA News Contributor

WASHINGTON -- Some people have a tinge of concern at the thought of blind people brandishing guns. The logic is that it's valuable to see what you’re shooting before you shoot.

But Dom Raso, a commentator for NRA News, has a different take on the debate. In a video commentary posted online Monday, he makes the case for allowing the blind to buy and carry guns under the auspices of self-defense and constitutional freedom.

“Every law-abiding, blind individual should be able to have whatever guns they want. And if you disagree with that statement or you haven’t thought it all the way through, you don’t take your rights seriously enough,” Raso said. The video makes it clear he is speaking on his own behalf and not on behalf of the NRA.

Raso’s case boils down to this: A blind person isn’t going to discharge a weapon at random in public.

“The biggest concern I hear is having blind people carrying in public. Are you envisioning a person waving a gun around or pointing it at somebody for no reason? Because that’s what it sounds like,” Raso said.

This isn’t an abstract debate. In Iowa, the visually impaired are legally allowed to carry firearms in public provided they have a permit. In Texas, laws have been passed to help the blind hunt, according to CNN.

But a sheriff in Iowa is apparently saying he won’t grant permits to blind gun purchasers, which Raso notes compelled him to make his case.

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