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NCJ Number: 148072 Find in a Library
Title: Policies to Prevent Firearm Injuries
Journal: Health Affairs  Volume:12  Issue:4  Dated:special issue (Winter 1993)  Pages:96-108
Author(s): S P Teret; G J Wintemute
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 13
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The authors evaluate current and future gun policies.
Abstract: Seven types of gun policy are classified in an outline: 1) Policy related to the manufacture of guns; 2) Policy related to the sale of guns; 3) Regulation of the marketing and advertising of guns; 4) Policy related to the possession of guns; 5) Policy related to the use of guns; 6) Regulation of importation of guns; and 7) Regulation of the manufacture, sale, and possession of ammunition. The recently passed Brady Bill, which imposes a 5-day waiting period on the purchase of handguns, exemplifies a policy shift away from attempting to regulate the use and possession of guns, and toward regulating the manufacture, sale, and marketing of the product. This approach toward injury prevention is consistent with those applied to other public health issues such as motor vehicle safety, and should maximize society's ability to reduce the toll of firearm violence. Outline, 27 references
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Firearms; Gun control legislation; Police
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