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Iowa residents who are blind are able to carry their handguns in public, creating a growing debate over the Hawkeye State granting conceal-carry permits to the legally blind, and its effectiveness in balancing gun safety against Second Amendment rights.

The Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ Association says public safety is at risk and the law should be changed.

“If you can’t see, why should you be arming someone to shoot out in the public,” said the group’s president, Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar.

But Michael Barber, who is completely blind and recently received his conceal-carry permit, says carrying his handgun for protection is his constitutional right.

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