It's a move sparking national debate. Iowa is granting the blind the right to carry guns in public. Now many are questioning the laws in Ohio and wondering if they too should be changed to accommodate those with disabilities.
In 2012, the state of Ohio issued nearly 78,000 concealed carry licenses.
But what about someone who is legally blind carrying a gun in public? Sheriff's departments throughout Iowa have begun issuing concealed carry permits to the blind, and it's sparking a national debate.
Should those who are visually-impaired be allowed to carry a gun in a park or grocery store?
"Just because I don't see, doesn't mean I surrender my right to defend myself as an American," says Gary Zarembski.
Zarembski has been legally blind for five years. He says having a gun should be an option for protection.
"When you are visually-impaired, you are a target," he says.
Toledo resident Paul Rachow is also visually-impaired. He lost most of his sight back in 2004. He worries that those with disabilities are being overlooked.
"We are human beings and deserve the same things you have," he says.
But is there a safety concern? Theresa Cleland is the owner of Cleland's Outdoor World. They offer concealed carry classes to people of all ages, and she feels everyone without a criminal record should be able to apply.
"If they can pass the shooting test, I don't see a problem with it," she says.
Under Ohio law, you must pass a background check and a written and physical shooting test, which essentially eliminates those who cannot see. Cleland says that doesn't have to be the case.
"As long as they are proficient," she says. "The number one thing is safety."
Rachow is working on getting his CCW right now, and, while not everyone can pass the test, he hopes to inspire those struggling with vision loss.
"You can't go through life saying ‘I can't do it,'" he says.
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