Richard Bonnie

Don’t Arm People in a Mental Health Crisis

CO-AUTHORS Paul S. Appelbaum and Jeffrey W. Swanson
The Hill


As experts in mental health law and policy, we believe the best way to keep guns away from those who shouldn’t have access to them – including some people with serious mental illness – is to require a background check for every gun purchase, regardless of where it takes place. That’s why we fully supported the Manchin-Toomey legislation when it came up for a vote, and we hope those who opposed it in April will seriously reconsider their position when it’s reintroduced in the coming months.


Paul S. Appelbaum, Richard J. Bonnie & Jeffrey W. Swanson, Don’t Arm People in a Mental Health Crisis, The Hill (June 13, 2013).

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