Concealed carry for ccw carriers with bad eyesight
There is a recent, reoccurring article published in the Des Moines Register about how Iowa has no restrictions on issuing concealed carry permits to the visually impaired. It's created a bit of a stir because many people believe that if you can't see the target, you shouldn't be shooting. And they do have a point – it fundamentally violates two of the basic safety principles that govern the safe usage of firearms.
• Be able to identify what is in front and behind your target.
• Do not point your weapon at anything you do not intend to destroy.
How can you know the answers to either of those questions if you can't get a good visual lock on the target in a fast moving environment? There's plenty of people with great eyesight that struggle – and sometimes fail – with that same issue.
Despite poor eyesight, there are plenty of ways someone can still lock on target and put rounds down range effectively.
For issues such as personal defense and home defense, the argument that those with poor eyesight shouldn't be allowed to use their concealed carry permit quickly loses water.
Poor Eyesight And Laser Sights On Concealed Carry Firearms
For close distance (20 ft and under), a laser sight is one of the fastest ways to draw a pistol and be on target. While not every laser sight is 100% accurate, as long as it's installed correctly it will certainly bring the concealed carrier to center mass.
This is actually ideal for home defense and property defense scenarios where the concealed carrier may be facing an unknown number of assailants approaching from multiple angles.
Poor eyesight or eagle vision really hold no weight in comparison to being able to instantly draw on target.
Best of all is that many reputable holster manufacturers now produce high-retention inside the waistband holsters which are made to accommodate some of the major laser sights for popular models of handguns. Shop around to find a holster that accommodates laser sight assembly so you don't have to sacrifice it in order to carry.
Focus On Center Mass Shooting
If your vision is not that great, you should always focus on hitting the biggest, most exposed portion of your enemy. If that's his center mass – great. Good, controlled shots will do more to help a situation than wildly trying to fire at the head or limbs. If you aim center mass, as long as your barrel stays pointed on target you're almost guaranteed to hit some part of the target.
If you decide to go after a smaller piece, however, you're putting your life (and those beside you) on the line carelessly.
In conclusion, just because a person has poor eyesight doesn't mean they shouldn't have the ability to defend themselves. It's a basic, primal right of any living being. But why not make yourself more prepared by considering a laser sight assembly for your concealed carry firearm – and an inside the waistband holster which accommodates it?
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.