Restraining Gun Violence

Individuals who feel they are at risk of domestic violence are able to seek a court-ordered restraining order for protection.

Gun violence prevention experts argue that a similar legal tool should be available to families when they believe that a relative presents a legitimate risk of gun-related violent behavior.

According to new research in Behavioral Sciences and the Law, gun violence restraining orders (GVROs)—which would authorize law enforcement to remove guns from someone believed to be dangerous—are a promising strategy for reducing firearm homicide and suicide in the US.

A pattern of dangerous behavior that can often be identified by immediate family members is a more effective predictor of future gun violence than mental illness alone, report Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers.
National Journal

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