Signing gun licences would put heavy burden on GPs

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 24 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:441

The Home Office has admitted that asking general practitioners to countersign applications for firearms certificates in Britain would place a significant burden on them.

The admission came in a memorandum to the House of Commons' home affairs committee on control of hand guns, which nevertheless recommended last week that doctors should have to endorse all applications to verify a patient's medical history(17 August, p 379). On current …

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