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APA urges Congress to address nation’s gun violence crisis

Association submits congressional testimony calling for a public health approach to firearms violence.

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American Psychological Association. (2021, May 20). APA urges Congress to address nation’s gun violence crisis.

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At a May 20 congressional hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, APA advocated for Congress to pass essential reforms to our nation’s gun laws in written testimony (PDF, 152, KB). APA asserted Congress should take an evidence-based, public health approach to reduce preventable firearms-related injuries and mortalities. APA expressed support of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 (H.R. 8/S.529) to close preexisting loopholes that allow unlicensed gun sellers to avoid comprehensive background checks on firearms sales. The association also urged Congress to provide funding and resources to assist states with extreme risk protection orders and crisis intervention teams/mental health response teams, as well as safe firearms storage options.

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