Year: 2000 Source: Pediatrics, v.105, no.4, pt.1, (April 2000), p.888-895 SIEC No: 20000242

This statement reaffirms the 1992 position of the American Academy of Pediatrics that the absence of guns from children’s homes & communities is the most reliable & effective measure to prevent firearm-related injuries in children & adolescents. A number of specific measures are supported including a ban on handguns & semiautomatic assault weapons. This statement reviews recent data, trends, prevention & intervention strategies of the past 5 years. Six recommendations are put forward. (72 refs)