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Medical News & Perspectives
August 7, 2013

States Take a Public Health Approach to Curb Gun Violence

JAMA. 2013;310(5):468-469. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.75770

Public outcry over the mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado, and other parts of the country in the past year has reignited legislative efforts to curb firearm violence, which results in more than 30 000 US deaths annually.

In April, the US Senate failed to pass legislation that would have closed loopholes in background checks for firearm buyers. But some state legislatures, including Colorado, Connecticut, New York, California, and Maryland, are still pursuing or have passed tough new restrictions on firearms.