Physician Attitudes and Experience with Permit Applications for Concealed Weapons.

New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 54.42). 06/2014; 370(25):2453-2454. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1401815
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ABSTRACT In many states, a physician's assessment of competency to carry a concealed weapon is required before a permit is issued. In a survey of North Carolina physicians, the majority reported that they could not adequately assess patients' ability to safely use a concealed weapon.

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    ABSTRACT: Shortly after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, two of us received letters from our county sheriff in North Carolina asking whether one of our patients had medical or physical conditions that would preclude issuance of a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Uncomfortable with our limited knowledge about such permits and our expected role, and fearing that our participation could affect our relationships with patients, we began exploring the ethical, legal, and policy considerations regarding physician involvement in this process. Although the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess guns for traditionally . . .
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