New regs for Monday: Truck drivers, beer, guns

Monday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for partially blind truck drivers, brewing beer, and applying for a background check to own a gun.

Here’s what is happening:

Trucks: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is expecting dozens of truck drivers who are partially blind or have diabetes from rules that would otherwise prohibit them from operating commercial motor vehicles.


The FMCSA announced Friday it will exempt 59 truck drivers from the vision requirement. Often times, these drivers are blind in one eye but can see in the other.

“They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons,” the agency noted.

The FMCSA is also exempting 36 drivers who have insulin-treated diabetes mellitus from the restrictions.

The agency says these moves "will not compromise safety,” because these truck drivers can effectively operate commercial motor vehicles despite their conditions.

Beer: The federal government will allow an Indian tribe to brew beer.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced Friday it has granted authority to the Stillaguamish Tribe to brew, sell and tax beer.

The ordinance goes into effect immediately.

Guns: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is examining the process by which gun owners apply for background checks to collect relic firearms. 

It is also looking at the process for appealing if someone fails a background check.