Firearms and Safety Issues

The American Academy of Family Physicians recognizes firearm-related deaths, injury and violence as a significant public health problem. AAFP supports increased research into all areas of how gun violence affects public health, including but not limited to, research into the epidemiology, prevention, safety and risks related to gun violence in the United States.

Further, the American Academy of Family Physicians supports strong research regarding how gun laws and regulations have affected or will affect rates of injuries, deaths and suicides.  The Academy supports  other efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of regulations, interventions, and strategies for preventing injuries and fatalities caused by firearms.

The Academy supports strong and robust enforcement of existing federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding the manufacture, sale and possession of guns. Increased efforts to enforce current laws on illegal gun trafficking should have high priority for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

The Academy strongly supports legislation restricting unsupervised access to both firearms and ammunition by children.

The Academy opposes private ownership of weapons designed primarily to fire multiple (greater than 10) rounds quickly. (1995) (April 2014 BOD)