Mental Health Emergency Detentions and Access to Firearms

Jon S. Vernick, Emma E. Mcginty, Lainie Rutkow

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Most persons with mental illness are never violent. However, during certain high-risk periods, small subgroups of individuals with serious mental illness are at increased risk of violence. We review epidemiologic evidence, federal law, and a recent case addressing whether persons subject to emergency mental health detentions constitutionally can be denied firearm ownership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-78
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Issue numbers1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy


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