Iowa has been in the national spotlight this week following reports that have focused on the fact that laws there do not prevent blind people from getting gun permits. But it's the same story in South Dakota.
"We do a background check and the background check primarily looks at whether or not they've got a criminal conviction that would prohibit them from owning the firearm," Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said.
The Des Moines Register ran the original story highlighting the fact that visually impaired and blind citizens can obtain concealed pistol permits.
Milstead says its legal here in South Dakota too.
"Am I going to screen people and say, 'You can't have a pistol permit because you've got macular degeneration, or you've had cataracts surgery, or you've got glaucoma and it's early, middle or late stages?' That's not my job," Milstead said.
You can only be disqualified from having a concealed weapon permit in South Dakota if you have a criminal or mental health background. It doesn't say anything about physical capabilities.
"I think it would be very muddy waters that the legislature would find themselves in if they were to try to put in some prohibition against someone with some kind of disability being able to carry a concealed weapon," Sioux Falls attorney Dick Casey said.
Casey works in discrimination law and says the case could be made that people with disabilities have a greater need to carry a gun.
"Someone with a disability could very successfully, and with a lot of validity, argue that they may because of their disability need further protection of carrying a concealed weapon over somebody who is more able bodied," Casey said.
"Where do you stop? How much further do you restrict it?" Milstead said.
Milstead says restricting gun permits because of physical disabilities would be a slippery slope and he can't remember a time when anyone who was blind or visually impaired came in to his office to get a permit.
"This is a national debate about an issue that occurs almost never in our state," Milstead said.
According to the Des Moines Register, the issue over permits for the blind in Iowa stems from a change in state law back in 2011.
However, in South Dakota it is legal simply because the law does not say anything about a person's physical condition to carry a firearm.