What You Can Do
Below you can view a variety of resources regarding firearm risk and safety for health care providers and their patients. Click on your category of interest to browse.
Please note that we’ve linked directly to materials that are publicly available. For materials not publicly available, we’ve provided a link to the materials’ descriptions.
View, download, and print the What You Can Do educational handouts for patients and providers by clicking the icons below.
We encourage you to send your patients home with the patient handout after you've had a conversation about firearm risk and safety. You can print them single- or double-sided and staple it in the upper left corner.
Use the provider handout to guide you through firearm violence risk assessment and counseling at-risk patients.
The following are peer-reviewed articles on firearm risk, firearm epidemiology, physician counseling on firearms, and more.
Barnhorst A and Kagawa RMC. Access to firearms: When and how do mental health clients become prohibited from owning guns?
Betz ME, et al. Firearms and Dementia: Clinical Considerations
Betz ME and Wintemute GJ. Physician Counseling on Firearm Safety: A New Kind of Cultural Competence
Betz ME, et al. Physicians, Patients, and Firearms: The Courts Say “Yes”
Damari ND, et al. Continuing Medical Education and Firearm Violence Counseling
Lum HD, et al. Gun Access and Safety Practices among Older Adults
McCourt AD and Vernick JS. Law, Ethics, and Conversations between Physicians and Patients about Firearms in the Home
Norris DM, et al. Firearm Laws, Patients, and the Roles of Psychiatrists
Ranney ML, et al. A Call to Action: Firearms, Public Health, and Emergency Medicine
Rowhani-Rahbar A, et al. Effectiveness of Interventions to Promote Safe Firearm Storage
Wintemute GJ, et al. Firearms, Alcohol and Crime: Convictions for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Other Alcohol-related Crimes and Risk for Future Criminal Activity Among Authorised Purchasers of Handguns
Wintemute GJ, et al. Yes, You Can: Physicians, Patients, and Firearms
The book Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis, edited by Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick, with a foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg, contains research summaries and policy recommendations from the world’s leading experts on gun violence. It is available here in its entirety.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (CDC WISQARS) is an injury reporting database. It contains pre-generated tables on fatal and nonfatal injury in the U.S. and allows users to generate their own data reports.
The Massachusetts Medical Society and the Harvard School of Public Health have both produced materials for providers on firearm counseling, firearm suicide, firearm access, and more.
Massachusetts Medical Society gun violence prevention info sheet for providers discusses why and how to address firearm access with patients
Harvard School of Public Health Means Matters Website contains information on means restriction for suicide prevention
The California Medical Association (CMA) has a new online Firearm Violence Prevention Resource Center. At its website you can read the CMA position statement on firearm violence and view helpful resources for providers
As a provider, you may find these few continuing medical education courses and other provider training opportunities regarding the risk of firearms, counseling, and firearm violence prevention helpful.
Massachusetts Medical Society Firearm Violence: Policy, Prevention & Public Health Continuing Medical Education course: comprised of 6 online modules for a total of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
University of Michigan Firearm Injury Prevention Video Series: developed to improve pediatrician screening of parents and adolescents for firearm ownership, as well as counseling skills for safe firearm practices
Safer Homes Suicide Aware campaign: provides online resources for training medical professionals in suicide prevention through lethal means restriction
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) SPARK Talks: brief YouTube videos of experts discussing topics in suicide prevention
This presentation by Dr. Garen Wintemute was constructed using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (CDC WISQARS) data from 1981-2016 and last updated in March 2018.
Patients may find the firearms-related materials below, developed for patients, to be helpful.
This handout from the Massachusetts Medical Society discusses the risks of firearms and presents safe storage options
The Seattle Children’s Hospital Gun Safety website provides PDFs and videos on gun safety and preventing firearm deaths among children
This handout from the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health’s Lok it Up Campaign details safe storage devices
The Brady Center ASK Campaign provides resources to help parents keep kids safe from guns outside the home by asking: “Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?”
Project ChildSafe, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, offers online resources for firearm owners on firearm safety and safe storage practices
Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) injury morbidity and mortality database. It contains pre-generated tables and allows users to generate their own data reports filtering on variables like intent or cause of injury or death. WISQARS can be useful for exploring the data on firearm injury and death in the U.S.
You can also refer to the What You Can Do patient handout for details on firearm risk and safety, more resources, and patient FAQs.
State and federal firearms laws are available from
the RAND Corporation's new State Firearm Law Database