Physician Attitudes and Experience with Permit Applications for Concealed Weapons

New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 55.87). 06/2014; 370(25):2453-2454. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1401815
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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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Available from: Barak D. Richman, Sep 24, 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Law enforcement officials have asked health care providers to evaluate patient applications for concealed weapon permits. The current study was designed to examine physician beliefs regarding competency to carry a concealed weapon for patients with specific physical and mental conditions. Among 222 North Carolina physicians who participated in this survey (40% response rate), large variation and uncertainty existed for determining competency. Physicians most frequently chose mild dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and recent depression as conditions that would render a patient not competent to carry a concealed weapon. Male physicians and those owning a gun were more likely to deem a patient competent. Almost a third of physicians were unsure about competence for most conditions. Physicians asked to assess competency of patients to carry a concealed weapon have quite disparate views on competency and little confidence in their decisions. If physicians are expected to assess patient competence to carry a concealed weapon, more objective criteria and training are needed. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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