The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy              

June 2019

The Consortium for Risked-Based Firearm Policy




We hope you had a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday. Before getting any farther into the month, here are our June updates:


June marked Gun Violence Awareness Month, and we were heartened to see so many Consortium members and friends participating in #wearorange and awareness-raising events, including Dr. Jeff Swanson, who released a video on National Gun Violence Awareness Day encouraging engagement in gun violence prevention. Coinciding with a day of awareness on the Hill, the Ed Fund organized and sent a letter from researchers to Senate leadership in support of Universal Background Checks, signed by many Consortium members and friends. You can read the letter here.


We also watched the first 2020 Democratic presidential debates, where gun violence was one of the featured topics. Some candidates have been citing research by Consortium members in their support of various policies, including licensing/permit-to-purchase policies and extreme risk laws. For more on where the Democratic candidates stand on gun violence prevention issues, see this comparison by The Trace.


At the end of the month, Hawaii became the 17th state (plus DC) to enact an extreme risk law. Consortium members continue to share evidence and expert advocacy in support of them, such as Dr. Amy Barnhorst’s op ed in Minnesota’s Duluth News Tribune.


There are two webinars newly available online that you may find valuable:

  • This webinar on the implementation of extreme risk laws featuring Consortium Executive Director Josh Horwitz as a panelist was filmed as part of a Bloomberg American Health Initiative convening at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law hosted a webinar on their recent report examining gun violence against LGBT people, including a discussion of the findings, potential implications for policies and interventions, and a call for future research.

Finally, see below for research updates. Please continue to send us any recently published studies, projects, or other relevant resources and news so that we can include them in this newsletter – and don’t forget to tag us on twitter! our handle is @Consortium_RBPF.




Anestis MD & Houtsma C. (2019). What I have is what I am: Differences in demographics, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and firearm behavior and beliefs between firearm owners who do and do not primarily identify as firearm owners. Journal of Psychiatric Research.


Betz ME, Ranney ML, Knoepke CE, Johnson RL, Pallin R, Miller M, & Wintemute GJ. (2019). Dementia and firearms: An exploratory survey of caregiver needs. Journal of General Internal Medicine.


Cook PJ & Ludwig J. (2019). Response to counterpoint: Violence itself is a root cause of violence. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.


Cook PJ & Ludwig J. (2019). Understanding gun violence: Public health vs. public safety. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.


Cook PJ, Pollack HA, & White K. (2019). The last link: From gun acquisition to criminal use. Journal of Urban Health.


Crifasi CK, O’Dwyer JK, McGinty EE, Webster DW, & Barry CL. (2019). Desirability of personalized guns among current gun owners. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.


Cunningham RM, et al. (2019). Prevention of firearm injuries among children and adolescents: Consensus-driven research agenda from the Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) Consortium. JAMA Pediatrics.


Dempsey CL, et al. (2019). Association of firearm ownership, use, accessibility, and storage practices with suicide risk among US Army Soldiers. JAMA.


Doucette ML, Bulzacchelli MT, Frattaroli S, & Crifasi CK. (2019). Workplace homicides committed by firearm: Recent trends and narrative text analysis. Injury Epidemiology.


Hanlon TJ, Barber C, Azrael D, & Miller M. (2019). Type of firearm used in suicides: Findings from 13 states in the National Violence Death Reporting System, 2005-2015. Journal of Adolescent Health.


Hemenway D. (2019). Importance of firearms research. Injury Prevention.


Jordan JT & McNiel DE. (2019). Characteristics of persons who die on their first suicide attempt: Results from the National Violent Death Reporting System. Psychological Medicine.


Keyes KM, Hamilton A, Swanson J, Tracy M, & Cerdá M. (2019). Simulating the suicide prevention effects of firearms restrictions based on psychiatric hospitalization and treatment records: Social benefits and unintended adverse consequences. American Journal of Public Health.


Logan JE, Ertl A, & Bossarte R. (2019). Correlates of intimate partner homicide among male suicide decedents with known intimate partner problems. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.


Mitchell KJ, Jones LM, Turner HA, Beseler CL, Hamby S, & Wade R. (2019). Understanding the impact of seeing gun violence and hearing gunshots in public places: Findings from the Youth Firearm Risk and Safety Study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.


Pallin R, Spitzer SA, Ranney ML, Betz ME, & Wintemute GJ. (2019). Preventing firearm-related death and injury. Annals of Internal Medicine.


Porfiri M, Sattanapalle RR, Nakayama S, Macinko J, & Sipahi R. (2019). Media coverage and firearm acquisition in the aftermath of a mass shooting. Nature Human Behaviour.


Rubenstein A, Wood SK, Levine RS, & Hennekens CH. (2019). Alarming trends in mortality from firearms among United States schoolchildren. American Journal of Medicine.


Simonetti JA & Rowhani-Rahbar A. (2019). Limiting access to firearms as a suicide prevention strategy among adults: What should clinicians recommend? JAMA.


Stansfield R & Semenza D. (2019). Licensed firearm dealter availability and intimate partner homicide: A multilevel analysis in sixteen states. Preventive Medicine.


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