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46 Conn. L. Rev. 1609 (2013-2014)
Gun Control Legislation in Connecticut: Effects on Persons with Mental Illness

handle is hein.journals/conlr46 and id is 1646 raw text is: CONNECTICUT
VOLUME46                    MAY 2014                    NUMBER4
Gun Control Legislation in Connecticut:
Effects on Persons with Mental Illness
This Article examines the ways in which Connecticut and federal
legislative efforts on gun control have affected persons with mental illness
in the state and includes a brief history of that legislation in the context of
tragic gun violence. There have been two major legislative and policy
directions: (1) federal and state prohibitions on gun ownership related to
several types of mental health adjudications; and (2) Connecticut's 1999
statute permitting gun seizures by law enforcement officers in situations of
increased risk of harm to individuals-the first statute of its kind in the
nation. We present available data about each of these two efforts, which
show no support for the proposition that laws targeting persons diagnosed
with mental illness will curb gun violence. The implications of these data
are discussed, as well as the deleterious effects of stigma on the public
health. The strengths of Connecticut's gun seizure law as an approach to
reducing violence by people in distress are reviewed.


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