A Concealed Carry Permit For The Blind?
That sounds pretty ridiculous doesn’t it? Giving a concealed carry gun permit to a blind person. Who in their right mind would sign off on such a thing?
You would think a blind person walking in to apply would be politely turned away. But as luck would have it — we have a constitution.
Meet Carey McWilliams
Carey McWilliams is the first certifiable blind person to receive a concealed carry permit in the US. And as you might guess he has an amazing story to tell.
Carey lost his eyesight at the age of 10 to Hydrocephalus, a disease of excess fluid in the brain.
Most people would have surrendered to this impairment, but Carey embraced it and excelled in spite of it.
At 15, Carey competed in an ROTC marksmanship contest that he passed. Not by using his eyes but by using his amazing hearing, which became enhanced due to his blindness.
He could hear the breeze moving the paper targets and it has been reported that he passed the test with higher scores than his sighted competition.
How Does A Blind Man Get A Concealed Carry Permit?
As it turns out, there is a shooting test in Carey’s state to obtain a concealed carry permit. And yes, he aced it and became the first blind person to receive a concealed carry permit.
He also passed an NRA shooting exam just for good measure.
As you can imagine someone who shoots this well must have more than one firearm and Carey is no exception.
He’s the proud owner of a 12-gauge shotgun, and AK-47 and never leaves home without his 9mm pistol.
How Can You Hunt When You Are Blind?
He’s a great duck hunter. His “super hearing” allows him to follow the sounds of the ducks as they soar overhead.
When hunting elk or deer he needs a spotter to tell him the direction to shoot and when to pull the trigger, but not aim for him.
Deer and elk are just the beginning. He has killed an alligator, tiger shark and a black bear.
Some Final Thoughts
Carey has helped over 100 other blind people earn their own concealed carry permits.
He hunts deadly animals to help overcome a 2009 attack by dogs.
Hunting helps him deal with PTSD from that attack. He works through that painful memory by taking on formidable opponents.
I don’t know about you, but this is one guy I think I’d like to have next to me in a dark alley. He could hear ‘em and smell ‘em.
And he doesn’t miss.