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Pediatricians urged to promote gun safety legislation, protect kids

September 18, 2017

CHICAGO — Although the AAP has been on the frontline of defending children against legislation that would promote unsafe gun use and storage, more work is needed in the promotion of access to mental health care, universal background checks, safe storage requirements and safe gun technology, according to a recent presentation held at the AAP 2017 National Conference & Exhibition.

This call to action from J. Gary Wheeler, MD, MPS, FAAP, associate professor at the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, comes because of previous defensive acts spurred by the AAP against Florida’s Privacy of Firearm Owners Act, which prohibited physicians and other health care providers from counseling families on firearm use and storage.

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