National Federation of the Blind Comments on Gun Ownership by Blind Individuals

Sep 12, 2013, 10:26 ET from National Federation of the Blind

BALTIMORE, Sept.12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recent days there has been much discussion about whether blind individuals should be permitted to own and/or carry firearms.


The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, understands that guns are dangerous weapons, and that anyone who owns, carries, or uses them must therefore exercise great care and sound judgment in doing so. Blindness has no adverse impact on a person's ability to exercise due care and good judgment.

State firearms laws must be applied in a nondiscriminatory manner to blind individuals. Recognizing that laws and regulations regarding the granting of permits to own and/or carry firearms vary throughout our country, our single position on firearms regulation is that a permit to own and/or carry a gun should not be denied to any individual solely on the basis of blindness.

For more information on our position, or for coordination of interviews with blind individuals who are experienced in owning and/or using firearms, please contact Chris Danielsen at (410) 659-9314, extension 2330, or by e-mail to

About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States.  Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology, and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with the tools they need to become independent and successful.  We need your support.  To make a donation, please go to

SOURCE National Federation of the Blind