Physician Beliefs about Physical and Mental Competency of Patients Applying for Concealed Weapon Permits.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goldstein, AO; Viera, AJ; Pierson, J; Barnhouse, KK; Tulsky, JA; Richman, BD

Published Date

  • June 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 2-3

Start / End Page

  • 238 - 245

PubMed ID

  • 25708569

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1099-0798

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/bsl.2169


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States