Fact Sheets

Gun Violence in the United States

In 2016, the most recent year in which data is available, 38,658 Americans died by gun violence:

22,938 Americans died by gun suicide

14,415 Americans died by gun homicide

Additional Information:

Firearm Suicide in the United States

Firearm Homicide in the United States

 

Extreme Risk Laws

An Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) is a court-issued civil order that empowers families and law enforcement to prevent gun tragedies by reducing access to guns for individuals at an elevated risk of endangering themselves or others. An ERPO temporarily prohibits the purchase and possession of firearms and requires the removal of any firearms currently possessed while the order is in effect.

Additional Information:

Extreme Risk Laws One-Pager

Extreme Risk Laws FAQ

Data Behind Extreme Risk Laws

 

Lethal Means Safety Counseling

Lethal means safety counseling is the process that healthcare providers undertake to:

(a) determine if an individual at risk for suicide has access to lethal means of suicide attempt (such as firearms); and

(b) work with the individual and their family or friends to reduce access until the risk of suicide decreases.

Additional Information:

Breaking Through Barriers Summary

 

Evidence Behind The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy Recommendations 

Guns, Public Health and Mental Illness

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