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The Behavioral Science of FirearmsImplications for Mental Health, Law and Policy$
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Gianni Pirelli, Hayley Wechsler, and Robert J. Cramer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190630430.001.0001

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Firearm Law and Policy

Firearm Law and Policy

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The Behavioral Science of Firearms

Gianni Pirelli

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the authors provide a review of firearm-related laws (i.e., federal, state, landmark legal cases), policies (e.g., “Stand Your Ground,” background checks, child access prevention), and programs (e.g., Project ChildSafe). The mixed research related to the effectiveness of these firearm policies and laws, as well as program evaluation, is summarized. Issues related to the intersection of gun-involved violence and suicide, gun ownership, and mental illness are addressed. Moreover, gun restoration programs and firearm ownership disqualification systems are discussed, as well as the important court cases related to these complicated issues. While the media and public opinion have influenced much of the legislation related to gun ownership and gun control, the authors provide the reader with a foundational knowledge of the available empirical literature related to such.

Keywords:   firearm, law, policy, legislation, mental health, gun violence, gun ownership, gun rights restoration, gun forfeiture

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