The American College of Preventive Medicine Policy Recommendations on Reducing and Preventing Firearm-Related Injuries and Deaths

Am J Prev Med. 2016 Dec;51(6):1084-1089. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.09.023. Epub 2016 Oct 12.


The American College of Preventive Medicine Policy Committee makes policy guidelines and recommendations on preventive medicine and public health topics for public health decision makers. After a review of the current evidence available in 2016, the College is providing a consensus-based set of policy recommendations designed to reduce firearm-related morbidity and mortality in the U.S. These guidelines address seven general areas pertaining to the public health threat posed by firearms: gun sales and background checks, assault weapons and high-capacity weapons, mental health, research funding, gun storage laws, and physician counseling.

Publication types

  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Firearms / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Public Policy*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / prevention & control*