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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Recent mass shootings have prompted a national dialogue around mental illness and gun policy. To advance an evidence-informed policy agenda on this 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.

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Cited Authors

  • McGinty, EE; Frattaroli, S; Appelbaum, PS; Bonnie, RJ; Grilley, A; Horwitz, J; Swanson, JW; Webster, DW

Published Date

  • November 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 104 / 11

Start / End Page

  • e22 - e26

PubMed ID

  • 25211757

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25211757

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0048

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302171


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States