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Limiting firearm access of mentally ill does not reduce suicide deaths

July 5, 2017

Restricting access to firearms for individuals with an established mental health condition or those who have attempted suicide in the past did not reduce suicide deaths, indicating a need for broader restrictions to prevent suicide, according to findings published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

“Firearms account for one half of all suicide deaths in the United States, and reducing access to firearms among at-risk patients may reduce suicide mortality,” Jennifer M. Boggs, MSW, from Kaiser Permanente Colorado — Institute for Health Research, and colleagues wrote. “Attempts to reduce access to firearms have focused on persons with a mental health condition or a history of suicidal behavior.”

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