Recently concealed carry has been passed in my state and there have been some questions regarding some policies or what other places handle issues. Now I understand the majority of people here live where concealed carry is legal and looking for some input as to how you deal with such issues, particularly EMS related as:
Do you transport patients who are armed?
If transporting a pt with a firearm, who do you turn the weapon over to?
How do you handle the armed pt with an altered level of consciousness due to low blood sugar or trauma? Who would disarm the pt and where would a weapon be placed? (especially if law enforcement isn't available)
Do you have a chain of custody for weapons?
Do you have an SOG/P etc in place addressing concealed carry issues?
If a pt is conscious and alert and refuses to disarm, is that considered a refusal for treatment for you?
For the most part, the stance we are going to take is scene safety and leave disarming or weapons removal to law enforcement. The dept doesn't want FF's handling firearms, but the question has been asked about the grey area where a pt is unresponsive and EMS arrives before law enforcement?
Surprised nobody else out there has anything whatsoever on this topic.
On another site Bull, I did see more responses to this. It is ironic though, of how many "personal" policies there are, despite the fact several believe it is a non-issue.
However, the latest news I received from our EMS DC was our local LE will take custody of weapons for EMS calls. Not sure if this is all factual or if details were worked out, but it does change things a bit too, because the hospitals are still wary.
What you think of this link......
Your new law is our old one. Our new concealed carry law allows anyone to conceal carry WITHOUT any permit. John still waiting on a response from the city lawyers. It is in research.
Kerry, it is beyond local law as well. So what you are saying is your hospital allows patients to bring their weapon into the hospital? Our hospital has a no weapon policy, so the ambulance can't secure it for the victim and then transfer it to the ER. They will not allow any weapons in their facility. It is a private facility with private rules not laws. Just like many bars and restaurants that we are now starting to see with signage that says NO GUNS ALLOWED on premise.
I personally will not allow a armed person to be loaded into the ambulance. I also have a right to protect myself and others. If patient will not allow me to disarm them, or LEO will not do it....then I guess he wont be transported...BUT........THATS JUST ME !!!!