How the law affects gun policy in the United States: Law as intervention or obstacle to prevention

Jon S. Vernick, Julie Samia Mair

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Legal issues regarding firearms can be categorized as an intervention, a real obstacle to intervention, or a perceived obstacle to intervention. Legal interventions to prevent gun violence include legislation targeted at gun manufacturers, dealers, and buyers or litigation. The primary perceived legal obstacle is the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; other constitutional provisions (real obstacles) may have greater impact in the courtroom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)692-704
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy

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