The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy              

Fall 2023

The Consortium for Risked-Based Firearm Policy



On November 7, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the federal law that has been in effect for almost 30 years which prohibits an individual who is the subject of a qualifying domestic violence restraining order from possessing a firearm. The case, U.S. v. Rahimi, comes at a time when firearms significantly contribute to incidents of intimate partner violence across the country. 

A CDC report from October 2022 estimated that over twelve million adults in the United States are victims of domestic violence each year.  A study by Campbell et al shows that a domestic abuser’s access to firearms is one of the most significant risk factors for the escalation of domestic violence. An abused woman is five times more likely to be killed by a male partner when there is a firearm in the house.  




Recognizing the implications of this case, this month we are featuring the amicus brief led by the Center for Gun VIolence Solutions in United States v. Rahimi, a case with the potential to significantly impact domestic abusers’ access to firearms across the country. The brief included 111 co-signatories from public health researchers and lawyers. It incorporates relevant public health data to make a strong and impactful argument to the Court. 

You can find more information about this case on the Questions and Answers on US v. Rahimi resource below.  










Anestis M, Bond AE, Baker N, & Semenza DC. (2023). Regional differences in firearm ownership, storage and use: Results from a representative survey of five US states. Injury Prevention.  


Betz ME, Frattaroli S, Knoepke CE, Johnson R, Christy A, Schleimer JP, Pear VA, McCarthy M, Kapoor R, Norko MA, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Ma W, Wintemute GJ, Swanson JW, & Zeoli AM. (2023). Extreme risk protection orders in older adults in six U.S. states: A descriptive study. Clinical Gerontologist. 


Bowen DM, Rowhani-Rahbar A, McCourt A, Betz M, & Rivara FP. (2023). Variations in state laws on mental health-related firearm prohibition. JAMA Internal Medicine.   


Clark DA, Macinko J, & Porfiri M. (2023). Modeling state firearm law adoption using temporal network models. The Milbank Quarterly.  


Gerdes MB. (2023). Assessing the relationship between gun ownership and fear of mass shootings. Social Science & Medicine. 


Henry OS, Batchu S, Lachant J, Armento I, Hunter K, Staffa SJ, Porter J, & Egodage T. (2024). Disadvantaged neighborhoods continue to bear the burden of gun violence. Journal of Surgical Research.  


Laqueur HS, McCort C, Smirniotis C, Robinson S, & Wintemute GJ. (2023). Trends and sources of crime guns in California: 2010–2021. Journal of Urban Health.  


Lundstrom EW, Pence JK, & Smith GS. (2023). Impact of a permitless concealed firearm carry law in West Virginia, 1999–2015 and 2016–2020. American Journal of Public Health.  


O’Guinn ML, Siddiqui S, Ourshalimian S, Chaudhari PP, & Spurrier R. (2023). Firearm injuries in lower opportunity neighborhoods during the COVID pandemic. Pediatrics.  


Pear VA, Wintemute GJ, Jewell NP, Cerda M, & Ahern J. (2023). Community-level risk factors for firearm assault and homicide: The role of local firearm dealers and alcohol outlets. Epidemiology.  


Polcari AM, Slidell MB, Hoefer LE, Henry MC, Zakrison TL, Rogers SO, & Benjamin AJ. (2023). Social vulnerability and firearm violence: Geospatial analysis of 5 US cities. Journal of the American College of Surgeons.  


Roberts BK, Nofi CP, Cornell E, Kapoor S, Harrison L, & Sathya C. (2023). Trends and disparities in firearm deaths among children. Pediatrics.  


Roskam K, Cooper C, Stallworth P, & Zeoli AM. (2023). The case for domestic violence protective order firearm prohibitions under Bruen. Fordham Urban Law Journal.  


Schleimer JP, Mustafa A, Ross R, Bowen A, Gallagher A, Bowen D, & Rowhani-Rahbar A. (2023). Misclassification of firearm-related violent crime in criminal legal system records: Challenges and opportunities. Injury Epidemiology.  


Swilley-Martinez ME, Coles SA, Miller VE, Alam IZ, Fitch KV, Cruz TH, Hol B, Murray R, & Ranapurwala SI. (2023). “We adjusted for race” now what: A systematic review of utilization and reporting of race in AJE and Epidemiology, 2020-2021. Epidemiologic Reviews.  


Tan H, Shipley J, Park FS, Donnelly MR, Kong AP, Barrios C, Grigorian A, & Nahmias J. (2023). Firearm violence involving adults 65 and older during the novel coronavirus disease pandemic. The American Surgeon. 


Tomas CW, Fumo N, Kostelac CA, Flynn-O’Brien K, Levas M, Moore R, de Roon-Cassini TA, & Hargarten S. (2023). Trends in firearm production and firearm deaths in U.S. youth. Preventive Medicine.  


Valek R, Crifasi C, & McCourt A. (2023). Age-related gun regulations and public opinion. Fordham Urban Law Journal.  


Willinger A & Frattaroli S. (2023). Extreme risk protection orders in the post-Bruen age: Weighing evidence, scholarship, and rights for a promising gun violence prevention tool. Fordham Urban Law Journal.  


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