The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy              

March & April 2019

The Consortium for Risked-Based Firearm Policy




Before diving into our March-April research recap, a few updates:


As most of you know, in 2013 the Consortium developed a policy now commonly known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order. Six years later, on March 26th, the Senate Judiciary committee, chaired by Senator Lindsey Graham, held a hearing examining guidelines for this state policy. Not only was it a federal-level, bipartisan discussion on the importance of these laws, but it was a robust conversation highlighting: 1) this policy is based on risky behavior, not a mental health diagnosis; 2) there is built-in due process; 3) it is a civil, not criminal, order; and 4) it is evidence-based. These are core tenets of the policy as crafted six years ago by the Consortium, and we were ecstatic that the witnesses and Senators highlighted these exact points. (You can see the full hearing here).


In April, Colorado became the fifteenth state (plus the District of Columbia) with an extreme risk law, and legislation has been introduced in more than twenty other states. At the federal level, Senator Feinstein and Representative Carbajal introduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019 (S. 506 and H.R. 1236), which would incentivize states to pass extreme risk laws by creating a grant program to help fund implementation efforts, including law enforcement training and public education.


In other Congressional news, Dr. Daniel Webster testified in front of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on March 7 for the hearing “Addressing the Public Health Emergency of Gun Violence.” Dr. Webster spoke about the importance of federally funded gun violence research and highlighted the risk-based approach to gun violence prevention, even giving the Consortium a nice shout out. (You can see the full hearing here).


Finally, we relaunched our Consortium twitter presence as we strive to share gun violence prevention research with broader audiences. Our handle is @Consortium_RBFP – we hope to connect with you!


As always, please send us any recently published studies or projects throughout the month, and we will compile and distribute them in this newsletter.




The empty promise of suicide prevention. April 26, 2019. Op ed by Dr. Amy Barnhorst in the New York Times.


Parenting in the age of school shootings. April 19, 2019. Blog by Dr. Amy Barnhorst in Psychology Today.


It’s time to retire the term ‘red flag laws.’ March 26, 2019. Blog by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.


Ingredients of a hate-driven massacre in New Zealand. March 21, 2019. Blog by Dr. Jeffrey Swanson.




Adhia A, Kernic MA, Hemenway D, Vavilala MS, & Rivara FP. (2019). Intimate partner homicide of adolescents. JAMA Pediatrics. 


Appelbaum PS. (2019). Responsibility for suicide or violence on campus. Psychiatr Serv.


Berrigan J, Azrael D, Hemenway D, & Miller M. (2019). Firearms training and storage practices among US gun owners: A nationally representative study. Injury Prevention.


Bonnie RJ & Swanson JW. (2019). Commentary: Extreme Risk Protection Orders – effective tools for keeping guns out of dangerous hands. Developments in Mental Health Law. 


Buchanan A, Sint K, Swanson JW, & Rosenheck R. (2019). Correlates of future violence in people being treated for schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry.


Goldberg SB, Tucker RP, Abbas M, Schultz ME, Hiserodt M, Thomas KA, Anestic MD, & Wyman MF. (2019). Firearm ownership and capability for suicide in post-deployment National Guard service members. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.


Hasegawa RB, Webster DW, & Small DS. (2019). Evaluating Missouri’s handgun purchaser law: A bracketing method for addressing concerns about history interacting with a group. Epidemiology.


Kagawa RMC, Gary DS, Wintemute GJ, Rudolph KE, Pear VA, Keyes K, & Cerdá M. (2019). Psychiatric disorders and gun carrying among adolescents in the United States. J Pediatr.


Kapoor R, Benedek E, Bonnie RJ, Ghandi T, Gold L, Judd S, & Pinals DA. (2019). American Psychiatric Association resource document on risk-based gun removal laws (Approved by the Joint Reference Committee, June 2018). Developments in Mental Health Law.


Siegel M, Pahn M, Xuan Z, Fleegler E, & Hemenway D. (2019). The impact of state firearm laws on homicide and suicide deaths in the USA, 1991-2016: A panel study. Journal of General Internal Medicine.


Swanson JW, Easter MM, Alanis-Hirsch K, Belden CM, Norko MA, Robertson AG, Frisman LK, Lin HJ, Swartz, MS, Parker GF. (2019). Criminal justice and suicide outcomes with Indiana’s risk-based gun seizure law. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.


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