Year: 2003 Source: Southern Medical Journal, v.96, no.3, (March 2003), p.240-243 SIEC No: 20030125

This study assessed the use of firearms & other weapons by select psychiatric populations at high risk for violent acts. Patients with combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder were found to own more than four times as many firearms as other subjects & reported significantly higher levels of potentially dangerous firearm-related behaviours than other subjects. It is suggested that high levels of aggression, impulsive & dangerous weapon use, & ready weapon availability may be significant factors in gun-related violence in this population. (17 refs)