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Parker, Sarah. 2011 ‘Balancing Act: Regulation of Civilian Firearm Possession.’ Small Arms Survey 2011: States of Security; Chapter 9, p. 276. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 6 July

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Mental and Physical Health

In [some] cases, an applicant may be asked to produce a medical certificate confirming he or she is capable of handling firearms and that he or she has not psychological - or physical - impediments (for example, in Australia's ACT and Queensland state as well as in Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, South Africa, and Turkey); elsewhere, the licensing authority may investigate whether the applicant has been treated for mental illness (Canada)…

Some jurisdictions in the sample also consider whether the applicant is physically fit to possess a firearm (such as Egypt, Lithuania, Switzerland, and Turkey; Australia's Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia; and the US state of New Jersey); these may require a medical certificate testifying to that effect.

In Singapore, applicants who are over a certain age (60 years for a target practice licence; 50 years for a self protection licence) must submit a medical report confirming they are fit to handle a firearm.

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