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School Auctions Rifle – Guns for the Blind


Some parents are angry over a fundraiser at a public elementary school in North Carolina. Lucama Elementary School in Wilson County is raffling off a rifle.
Lucama is a rural town in North Carolina. Like many schools, Lucama Elementary is suffering from budget cuts.
“We have enough issues with guns in the schools we don’t need to do a raffle with elementary school kids,” Lena Collier said.
Hearing about the fundraiser in a couple of weeks, a local hunting conservation group decided to help. It offered a muzzle-loading gun to raffle off.
“Our guys are simply trying to help the kids in the community with the means they have available,” explained Chris Williams with Delta Waterfowl.
The company says its motives are simple, to help children not push an agenda. But locals are reacting.
“The kids are bringing guns to school-they ain’t gotta bring’ em for ’em and auction ’em off,” said resident Steve Sbraccia.
The school system says as long as no children sell or buy tickets, and the gun is not brought onto school property during the raffle, it is okay with it.
Originally only twenty raffle tickets were going to be printed for the gun, but there was so much interest, hundreds more have been printed and sold.

Iowa law enforcement officials are debating the wisdom of granting gun permits to blind people.

The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa law doesn’t allow sheriffs to deny a permit to carry a gun in public based on physical ability.

Some sheriffs have been granting gun permits to people with visual impairments while others have been denying them.

Blind people and other Iowans can obtain the permits for carrying a weapon in public because of changes to state law that took effect in 2011.
Jane Hudson with Disability Rights Iowa said keeping legally blind people from obtaining weapon permits would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Some other states, including Nebraska, require anyone applying for a gun permit to provide proof of their visual ability by supplying a driver’s license or doctor’s statement.

Hudson said she thinks someone could successfully challenge Nebraska’s vision restriction because federal law requires states to analyze a situation individually before denying a service.

“The fact that you can’t drive a car doesn’t mean you can’t go to a shooting range and see a target,” Hudson said.

Polk County officials said they have issued weapons permits to people who can’t drive legally because of vision problems at least three times. Sheriffs in Jasper, Kossuth and Delaware counties say they’ve also granted permits to Iowans with severe visual impairments.
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