Using research evidence to reframe the policy debate around mental illness and guns: Process and recommendations

Emma E. McGinty, Shannon Frattaroli, Paul S. Appelbaum, Richard J. Bonnie, Anna Grilley, Joshua Horwitz, Jeffrey W. Swanson, Daniel W. Webster

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Abstract

Recent mass shootings have prompted a national dialogue around mental illness and gun policy. To advance anevidence-informedpolicy agendaonthis controversial issue, we formed a consortium of national gun violence prevention and mental health experts. The consortium agreed on a guiding principle for future policy recommendations: restricting firearm access on the basis of certain dangerous behaviors is supported by the evidence; restricting access on the basis of mental illness diagnoses is not. We describe the group's process and recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e22-e26
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume104
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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