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(courtesy CS @ The Truth About Guns)

TTAG reader CS writes:

“I thought you might get a kick out of this photo. Posted on the doors of the Ontario County, New York Clerk’s Office. I’m sure those blind residents – who can read Braille – turned around, went back to their cars, and securely stored their weapons before entering the office. By the way, the county clerk’s office manages NYS Pistol Permits, our concealed carry licenses.”

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  1. Well of course all the blind people would take thir firearm’s back to their cars before they went to finish up their paperwork to get their concealed carry license in NY State. Did I put the irony on think enough?

  2. I was at the Social Security office in Seattle a few weeks ago. They had monitors cycling through messages about government programs. One of them was a message to blind people on how to apply for benefits online.

    I’ve also seen drive up ATMs with braille keypads.

    • The last one is easier to explain. It’s probably cheaper just to use the same keypad on all ATMs.

    • I was actually in a Computer Networking class with a blind guy. He had a special program and a braille keyboard, I believe. He wore headphones and got feedback when he hit the keys. He also had a helper when he was training. But the teacher said he was really very capable on his own. So, with the proper equipment, there may indeed be some blind people online.

        • ^ This, definitely. I once had a friend, a blind gentleman with whom we practiced hand to hand for half a dozen plus years, that of course was exceptionally sensitive to movement & sound. The experience taught me much, and I value what I learned from him deeply. Don’t underestimate the blind, indeed.

          Where defense is concerned; don’t rely solely on your sight alone as your primary sense during combat. As you may not always have it at your disposal when you desperately need it.

  3. “Blind” does not mean sightless. Sometimes blind people are sightless but more often they can see but not well enough to do everything. I know that both North and South Dakota have issued carry permits to “legally” blind persons. Up close and personal, at self defense distance, they can identify the bad guy and put 2 in his chest and 1 in his head (as my police friends teach). I do, however, suspect that anyone who had to use braille instead of the 3″ letters to get this message is too impaired to get a permit.

    • Yes. My mother, 88 years old, fits this case. She has no central vision, but excellent peripheral vision. She can recognize faces and read large print by looking to the left or right of what she wants to see. It required training to gain that skill. This is common in macular degeneration cases.

  4. Soon they’ll be installing speakers to make announcements for the deaf. I have trouble hearing in the dark anyway.

    • I have see blind martial artist, there is even Chinese style that teaches you to feel your opponent in extreme close quarters using locks, quick strikes, elbows and knees. With a knife people proficient in these styles could disembowel some one quite easily

  5. Its a legal requirement, not a foolish choice. they have to follow rules, no matter how silly. somewhere there is a Braille sign for a Pilots Lounge and a Referees Office

    • The latter of your jesting references would be consistent with the most logical explanation for a few things I’ve seen over the years..

  6. Hey, I were blind I would probably try to find some way to weaponize my white cane. Taser baton, or cane sword, or something like that.

  7. Accessible signage requirements are a regulation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. For those questioning the need for blind people to carry defensive handguns, consider the Zimmerman-Martin shooting. The attacker was on top of the victim banging his head into the pavement. Zimmerman shot him at point blank range.

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