Defib and CHP

Defib and CHP

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    Defib and CHP

    Can I still get my CHP if i have a Pacemaker and Defribrillator installed?


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    That would depend on the parameters set by your statutes and issuing authority.
    Maybe someone else can be more specific relative to your location.
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    In CT anyway, they don't ask for a physical to get your permit and I believe so do most states. having a PM/AICD should not prohibit your from getting a permit. although, your state might have a strange stipulation so please check.
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    I may be wrong, but I don't think any state has a stipulation that a person has to be healthy in order to defend them self. I haven't heard of any such stipulation for a ccw permit anywhere, but I'm willing to stand corrected if anyone can point one out.
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    As others have stated it would depend on your state, but I get the feeling that is not the real question. I get the feeling you are asking if shooting could damage the electronics in a pacemaker or defibrillator. If that is so I can only say talk to your physician or heart specialist. I have never heard of it happening but that is a possibility that should be explored. With the high stress level in a self defense situation and the physical activity who knows? I hope the answer is, no it won't do damage; and that you never have to put that into practice. Stay safe.

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    I answered in your other thread but to cover the bases you should be good to go. NC law has the line "The applicant does not suffer from a physical or mental infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun." in their requirements for issuing a CHP but unless you're seriously affected by frequent jump starts you should be good to go. As I said in the other thread, I'm real close to your location so give me a PM if I can help in any way.

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    Always a state specific question, but as a practical matter I can't see why one should have anything to do with the other.

    You'd get a CHL if you had a hip replacement, so why not pacemaker-defibrillator. Definitely a pacemaker would have zero effect on gun handling. I could see an odd chance that if the defibrillator triggered while you were about to squeeze one off you might do it accidentally. But, odds are really really small anything like that would happen and you can work against them by not using SAO. (I am assuming that when the defibrillator hits you react as if you are shocked. If it is not noticeable or has no effect on your other muscles, it should be no issue at all.)

    If you have already experienced a jolt, then you know if it would be safe to handle a gun at that instant when something "sparks."

    In the end though, I think it is your judgment call and there won't be any law that prevents you from getting a license. Good physical health doesn't seem to be a requirement in most places; just ok mental health.

    Sorry to hear that you have these problems. At least technology of today makes a continued normal life possible. What a fantastic advance from not very many years ago.

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    IMO, those who are physically infirm are in the greatest need for a personal defense weapon....and no one should pass judgment on him/her. It's not like they are requesting to join the SWAT team, so why even make physical ability an issue?
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    I have had my pacemaker for a year and a half now and the only limitation is I can no longer shoot long guns left handed, pacemaker is implanted on left side. As far as North Carolina there are no restrictions unless you have a deformity that prohibits you from safely handling or shooting a firearm. When it comes to defibs I do know one lady in our coin club that had one and she said when it shocked her it would just about take her off her feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    When it comes to defibs I do know one lady in our coin club that had one and she said when it shocked her it would just about take her off her feet.
    I have no direct knowledge of defibs, but heard the same story from someone. I think that might (if it is true) be an issue that the OP needs to think about. Only he knows how infrequently or frequently he gets jolted, what it feels like, how much muscle control if any he loses.

    As for the guns harming the devices, no way from a handgun. I think msgt/ret got it about right; no rifle or shotgun shot left handed where the recoil is absorbed into the shoulder near the implant.

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    Thanks to all that responded.I could not find any laws that say I cant get a CHP but i wanted to make sure.Physically i have no problems shooting (put 50 rounds thru my glock 23 this weekend) work 8-10 hrs a day,still cut my own firewood,im hell on my 4-wheeler,and love riding my Harley nightster,plus i quit smoking and drinking 3 yrs ago.So life is good :) THANKS again Oh im in NC

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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
    I answered in your other thread but to cover the bases you should be good to go. NC law has the line "The applicant does not suffer from a physical or mental infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun." in their requirements for issuing a CHP but unless you're seriously affected by frequent jump starts you should be good to go. As I said in the other thread, I'm real close to your location so give me a PM if I can help in any way.
    Actually I would think that the pace maker would make you "more healthy" that's why you got it right? So you should be good to go. At least that's my opinion.

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