The thread going about gun safety and the person who asked about gun ownership in NC reminded me of something---I had a friend from another state who's considering moving here and nervous about crime (not HERE, just starting to become worried about crime and getting interested in taking a concealed weapons course and getting a permit...and she'll be doing it here since she is moving here). I actually have NO CLUE what the answer to her question is, and I don't know how to find out other than tell her to call the sheriff's department of the county she ends up moving to and asking or asking in the class? NO clue.
She asked me what their background check and criteria for someone getting a permit for concealed carry (after taking a safety course is) versus being denied a permit. She is worried about a prescription medication (I don't know what it is, she did not specify) causing her to get denied a permit. It's a legal prescription from her doctor so it's part of her medical records and she asked me if they obtain medical records. i suspect but am not sure, that my friend might be worried about being on an antidpressant. I have no idea though, it could be something for pain or seizures, who knows...
This is what I know--my husband does not think they actually obtain your medical records or even try to- he thinks they perform a criminal background check and that's it. Obviously- a record- or if you're a felon- no go.
I only know 2 other things for sure. In my husband's case in Cabarrus, he was not on any meds anyway so it would not have mattered, and the sheriff's department did a background check and called ME, asking specifically to speak to his spouse, and had a pretty long chat with me telling me he applied for a gun permit, his record is squeaky clean, is there any reason you feel he should not have this permit? Does he have a temper? Is he in a dispute with anyone or worried about anything? etc. I told them no and everything's good...
His friend in Charlotte, the sheriff's department there never called his wife or anyone to ask about him as a character witness...and I know for a fact this guy was on an antidepressant for depression. His wife did not want him to have the gun and probably would have said so.
Both of them got their permits, is all I know...there WAS a several week waiting period...but they had no problems. It got me to wondering---do they check what medications someone might be on? What about people who use any of the various controlled substances- xanax or pain medication or anything that can affect your mind by making you less alert etc? What about someone who has a clean record but has been diagnosed as having something- bipolar, or I don't know, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD,any kind of mental thing?
I have no idea what to tell my friend but it got me to thinking about it and it actually does not seem like a bad idea to know what someone who's going to be packing might be using....then again, where do you stop? They could use illegal drugs or illegally obtained prescription drugs or drink a lot...or they could rarely drink but become volatile when they do...etc..how in the world can they regulate this anyway???
Do they address this in the classes for concealed carry or do I need to tell her to refer to the sheriff's dept of the county she's wondering about? Which BTW, all you have to be to buy a shotgun or rifle is 18 correct? They do not even check you for these do they aside from a waiting period maybe? I have no clue, don't have a gun in my name, the ones in this house are my husband's, and they're safely kept.