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Center for Gun Policy and Research

Legal Issues

The Center has long examined the use of law as a tool for the prevention of gun violence. Center faculty analyze and evaluate legislation or regulation intended to help prevent gun deaths, injuries, and crime. The Center also studies other legal issues, including the pros and cons of litigation as a violence prevention strategy, and constitutional issues regarding gun laws. With public health lawyers among its multi-disciplinary faculty, the Center is well positioned to consider new legal approaches, based on sound science, to address gun violence.

Center Research

KEEPING GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF ABUSERS: HANDGUN PURCHASES AND RESTRAINING ORDERS
Vittes KA, Sorenson SB
American Journal of Public Health 2008;98:828-831

AVAILABILITY OF LITIGATION AS A TOOL FOR FIREARM INJURY PREVENTION: COMPARING GUNS, VACCINES, AND MOTOR VEHICLES
Vernick JS, Rutkow L, Salmon D.
American Journal of Public Health 2007;97:1991-1997

THE ETHICS OF RESTRICTIVE LICENSING FOR HANDGUNS: COMPARING THE UNITED STATES AND CANADIAN APPROACHES TO HANDGUN REGULATION
Vernick JS, Hodge JG, Webster DW
Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 2007; 35: 668-678

REGULATING FIREARMS DEALERS IN THE UNITED STATES: AN ANALYSIS OF STATE LAW AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
Vernick JS, Daniel DW, Bulzacchelli MT
Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 2006;34:765-775

For more research on legal issues related to firearms, click here to browse the database of scholarly works by Center faculty.

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