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Minnesota’s Family Physicians Support Proposed Bipartisan Gun Violence Safety Legislation

Friday, March 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jami Burbidge
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St. Louis Park, MN: March 12, 2018: Just days before our member Senator Scott Jensen and a bipartisan group of his colleagues in the Senate came together to propose gun violence prevention legislation, the Board of Directors of the MAFP voted to support the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) statement released last week on gun violence.

On behalf of its 3,200 family physician members, the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians stands with Senator Jensen, the Minnesota Medical Association, and many more in the physician community in identifying gun violence as a public health epidemic and calling on policymakers at the state and national level to take meaningful steps to protect our patients and communities.

Measures such as criminal background checks on all purchases and transfers/exchanges of fire arms; enforcement of the laws that will hold sellers accountable when they sell firearms to prohibited purchasers; investment in improved data collection, analysis and research on firearm injury prevention; and, a renewal and strengthening of the assault weapons ban, including banning high-capacity magazines are important steps to protect our health and safety.

It is unacceptable that on average ninety-six Americans are killed every day with a gun and that at least twice that number are injured. As physicians, the members of MAFP are committed to addressing the gun violence epidemic and encouraging our communities to work together to find meaningful solutions to ensure that guns do not fall into the hands of those who wish to harm themselves or others, while respecting safe and responsible gun ownership.

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