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If a person was voluntarily confined to a psychiatric hospital

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If a person was voluntarily confined to a psychiatric hospital and medically discharged over 40 years ago are they permitted to purchase a fire arm in Maryland?
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The voluntary confinement to the psychiatric hospital would not disqualify a person from obtaining a firearm in Maryland provided the person obtains a physician's certificate stating that the person is capable of possessing a firearm without undue danger to the person or others. A State task force is currently considering whether the criteria regarding firearms by the mentally ill should be changed and is expected to report to the Governor by the end of 2012.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Thank you; yes this is what I wanted to know. However, The vast majority of the physicians I have known are totally opposed to anyone possessing firearms. Where does one find an unbiased physician?

Unfortunately most physicians will not state that a person is not a danger due to liability issues. This is a problem with the current law. You will need to either continue to search for a physician willing to take the risk or hope that task force recommends change to the law
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