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December 6, 2000

Impact of the Brady Act on Homicide and Suicide Rates—Reply

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(21):2718-2721. doi:10.1001/jama.284.21.2717

In Reply: Dr Bennett provocatively equates the legislative process to that by which medical treatments are determined safe and effective. By the standard of the medical model, according to Bennett, lawmakers have the process backward: first they should assess the efficacy and "unintended consequences" of proposed legislation, then, and only then, should they implement new law. Therefore, because it reverses the evidentiary standard of the medical model, Bennett rejects as a "disservice to society" my conclusion that current research evidence does not warrant altering Brady Act–type regulations on the sale of firearms.

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