Firearms and Safety Issues
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) (2013 COD)