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September 7, 2011

Mental Illness and Firearm Violence

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina (Drs Swanson and Gilbert) (jeffrey.swanson@duke.edu).

JAMA. 2011;306(9):930-931. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1260

To the Editor: Mr Gostin and Ms Record assert that recent Supreme Court rulings “push states to regulate dangerous persons rather than dangerous firearms” but that existing gun restrictions pertaining to individuals with mental illnesses are ineffective.1 Other scholars have suggested that the court's opinions leave room for policy making to reduce the availability of dangerous weapons, too.2