US Teens Have Same Firearm Access Regardless Of Mental Illness

January 5, 2015 8:48 AM

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According to a new study on the Scientific American website US teens with mental illness have “easy access” to firearms. Researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center in Seattle discovered that 41 percent of teens who said they live in a home with a firearm had easy access to the weapon even though some US teens actually had a known history of suicidal acts or mental illness.

The investigative team analyzed data culled from 10,123 US teens between the ages of 13 and 18. Dr. Joseph Simonetti, the study’s lead author: “We need better studies on how to promote safe firearms storage especially in households with children and children with mental illness.”

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