UA law professor proposes program to reduce gun suicides

UA law professor proposes program to reduce gun suicides

Voluntary Do Not Sell Lists For Firearms DEMUXER_ERROR_NO_SUPPORTED_STREAMS: FFmpegDemuxer: no supported streams TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) – About 50 percent of all suicides involve a firearm, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. University of Alabama Law Professor Fredrick Vars said there’s a way to reduce gun suicides in the state of Alabama. Vars explained that those at risk of suicide should have the option to voluntarily place their name on a registry, prohibiting gun stores from selling them a gun. A survey of 200 patients receiving psychiatric care in Alabama found that 46% of people said they would register for a do-not-sell list if it were available. In a more general survey, 31% of internet users reported they wanted to participate in a gun registry. While doctors may hospitalize or file a petition for an extreme risk protection order for a patient who is suicidal, Vars stresses this program provides a peace of mind. This bill has already been introduced in Alabama by a republican and the program is being used in Virginia and Washington.

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