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Firearm-assisted suicide: Legislative, policing and clinical concerns

Sarma, Kiran, Griffin, Diarmuid and Kola, Susanna (2010) Firearm-assisted suicide: Legislative, policing and clinical concerns. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 17 (1). pp. 33-37. ISSN 1752928X

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Abstract

Until recent years the Republic of Ireland had one of the most restrictive regimes on firearms access with the Irish police (An Garda Siochana) consistently refusing to grant certificates for a wide range of guns including handguns, high calibre rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than three cartridges. In 2004 the High Court ruled that this policy was without legislative backing and since then the police began to issue certificates for firearms where the applicant is not disentitled under law from possessing a gun. Set against this backdrop, this paper explores the consequences of liberal gun regimes in the context of access to firearms by those suffering from mental illness and who pose a threat of parasuicide or suicide. Consideration is given to experiences in other jurisdictions and international research on firearm suicide prevention. Finally some recommendations for changes in legislation, policy and protocol in the Irish context are presented.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2010 11:26
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2010 11:26
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/8938

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