Iowa allowing gun permits for the blind


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MASON CITY, Iowa – A controversial Iowa law has Rachel Heinold reacting on how she has chosen to protect herself as a woman living alone

Rachel survived a horrific car accident as a teenager, but she lost her eyesight.

However, this doesn’t stop her from living a full life.

She works at the YMCA in Mason City, enjoys playing piano for kids during their summer program and even lives in her own place.

A unique Iowa law allows people with many disabilities, even blindness, to protect themselves with a gun.

Rachel knows that safety is important but she doesn’t believe that owning a weapon is the answer.

“If someone were to say to me, ‘okay Rach, here’s this gun shoot it.’ Well, shoot it where? I could go through my window or I could get my piano and I don’t know where to go,” Heinold said

Instead of owning a gun, Rachel has armed her apartment with an all-encompassing alarm system.

“It works all the time if anybody is breaking my windows, my doors, anything, it immediately goes right to the police,” Heinold said.

However, owning a gun is a right everyone has.

Kemlin Hart, owner of Hart Brothers Weaponry, is a believer in the second amendment, no matter what a person’s circumstances might be.

“It is a constitutional right to keep and bear arms so that’s translated over into handicapped people, we won’t deny a guy because he’s in a wheelchair,” Hart said.

Hart doesn’t deny that a law like this will get people talking, but for this gun shop owner talking about it happening is better than not talk about it at all.

“It does definitely beg some questions on how they’re going to be able to perform in that situation,” Hart said, “but at the same point it’s their right to be able to protect themselves.”

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