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Law & psychiatry: Gun laws and mental illness: how sensible are the current restrictions?

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Appelbaum, PS; Swanson, JW
Published in: Psychiatr Serv
July 2010

This column describes federal and state laws to restrict access to firearms among people with mental illness. The contribution to public safety of these laws is likely to be small because only 3%-5% of violent acts are attributable to serious mental illness, and most do not involve guns. The categories of persons with mental illnesses targeted by the laws may not be at higher risk of violence than other subgroups in this population. The laws may deter people from seeking treatment for fear of losing the right to possess firearms and may reinforce stereotypes of persons with mental illnesses as dangerous.

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Psychiatr Serv

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EISSN

1557-9700

Publication Date

July 2010

Volume

61

Issue

7

Start / End Page

652 / 654

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Safety
  • Public Health
  • Psychiatry
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Mental Disorders
  • Humans
  • Firearms
  • 4203 Health services and systems
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
 

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Appelbaum, P. S., & Swanson, J. W. (2010). Law & psychiatry: Gun laws and mental illness: how sensible are the current restrictions? Psychiatr Serv, 61(7), 652–654. https://doi.org/10.1176/ps.2010.61.7.652
Appelbaum, Paul S., and Jeffrey W. Swanson. “Law & psychiatry: Gun laws and mental illness: how sensible are the current restrictions?Psychiatr Serv 61, no. 7 (July 2010): 652–54. https://doi.org/10.1176/ps.2010.61.7.652.
Appelbaum PS, Swanson JW. Law & psychiatry: Gun laws and mental illness: how sensible are the current restrictions? Psychiatr Serv. 2010 Jul;61(7):652–4.
Appelbaum, Paul S., and Jeffrey W. Swanson. “Law & psychiatry: Gun laws and mental illness: how sensible are the current restrictions?Psychiatr Serv, vol. 61, no. 7, July 2010, pp. 652–54. Pubmed, doi:10.1176/ps.2010.61.7.652.
Appelbaum PS, Swanson JW. Law & psychiatry: Gun laws and mental illness: how sensible are the current restrictions? Psychiatr Serv. 2010 Jul;61(7):652–654.
Journal cover image

Published In

Psychiatr Serv

DOI

EISSN

1557-9700

Publication Date

July 2010

Volume

61

Issue

7

Start / End Page

652 / 654

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Safety
  • Public Health
  • Psychiatry
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Mental Disorders
  • Humans
  • Firearms
  • 4203 Health services and systems
  • 3202 Clinical sciences