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Doctors Should Be Trained to Determine Who is "Fit" to Carry a Gun

The American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and U.S. Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy are calling gun violence a public health crisis. North Carolina is among the states where law enforcement can ask physicians to sign off on competency permits, but a recent survey of the state's doctors shows many of them worry they may not be equipped to judge their patients' physical and mental ability to handle concealed guns safely. The U.S. currently lacks training programs and comprehensive standards to guide doctors in making such assessments, so physicians are reduced to using their best clinical judgment. Twenty-one percent of doctors who responded to the survey said they had been asked to sign off on concealed-weapons competency permits, and indicated they had done so 80 percent of the time when asked. But most of them admitted they did not feel comfortable assessing patients' physical competence to carry a gun

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