Reconsidering the adequacy of current conditions on legal firearm ownership

Katherine A. Vittes, Daniel W. Webster, Jon S. Vernick

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Abstract

An important objective of successful gun violence prevention policy is to keep guns from high-risk individuals without infringing on the rights of lawabiding citizens to use firearms for protection or recreation. Given the potential of laws designed to keep gunsfrom dangerous individuals to save lives, the categories of individuals to be prohibited from possessing firearms merits careful consideration. The goals of this chapter are to (1) briefly review the current federal prohibitory criteria for firearm possession and therationale for these prohibitions, (2) make the case for broadening these criteria to limit access to firearms among additional categories of individuals, and (3) put forth specific policy recommendations based on the available research evidence. This chapter does notaddress prohibitory criteria related to mental health status and onlytouches on prohibitions for violent misdemeanants,because thesearecovered elsewhere in this volume.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReducing Gun Violence in America
Subtitle of host publicationInforming Policy with Evidence and Analysis
PublisherThe Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages65-76
Number of pages12
Volume9781421411118
ISBN (Electronic)9781421411118
ISBN (Print)1421411105, 9781421411101
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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