Necessary Exception

Gun control laws that allow for the temporary, legal transfer of firearms away from the home of someone suffering a mental health crisis are needed to prevent suicide, argues new research in JAMA Internal Medicine. While tighter gun regulations—including universal background checks every time a gun is transferred—generally reduce violence, they can hamper the removal of guns from people at risk of suicide.    
 
The paper’s authors recommend provisions for temporary firearm storage with federally licensed dealers, law enforcement personnel, family members and friends as well as flexible timing to allow suicidal episodes to pass. Guns account for more than half of US suicide deaths.
Source: The Trace

 

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