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Restricting Access to Firearms for Heavy Drinkers Could Reduce Gun Violence

A new study reviewing existing evidence has argued that restricting access to firearms for those who abuse alcohol could reduce the levels of gun violence in the U.S., but that clear definitions of alcohol misuse are necessary for such policies to be effective. The study points out that for men, firearm violence leads to as many alcohol-associated deaths as motor vehicle accidents, underlining both the severity of the problem and the room for improvement. The study details the evidence of links between alcohol misuse and gun violence and also addresses the problems with existing legislation attempting to address the issue.

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