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Psychiatrists should tread cautiously in firearms risk assessment: COMMENTARY… GUNS AND PSYCHIATRY

  • Robin Bryant (a1)

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Ann Mortimer's article on gun control and licensing in the UK makes some important points concerning the role of the psychiatrist during the licensing process and the complexities surrounding this. However, the risk-assessment framework (describing low, medium and high risk) that she proposes is problematic.

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Correspondence Professor Robin Bryant, School of Law, Criminal Justice and Policing, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 1QU, UK. Email: robin.bryant@canterbury.ac.uk

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Birks, Y, Aspinal, F, Bloor, K (2018) Understanding the Drivers of Litigation in Health Services. University of York.
College of Policing (2016) Major Investigation and Public Protection: Firearms Licensing. College of Policing (https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/major-investigation-and-public-protection/firearms-licensing/). Accessed 17 July 2019.
HMIC (2015) Targeting the Risk: An Inspection of the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Firearms Licensing in Police Forces in England and Wales. HMIC (https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/wp-content/uploads/firearms-licensing-targeting-the-risk.pdf).
Home Office (2018) Firearm and Shotgun Certificates in England and Wales, Financial Year Ending 31 March 2018: Data Tables. Home Office.
Mortimer, AM (2019) Guns and psychiatry: what psychiatrists need to know. BJPsych Advances, this issue.
Office for National Statistics (2019) Offences Involving the Use of Weapons: Data Tables (Year Ending March 2018). ONS.
BBC News (2019) Farnham puppy farm murders: Police failings ‘contributed’ to killings. BBC, 21 June (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-48722616). Accessed 17 July 2019.

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Psychiatrists should tread cautiously in firearms risk assessment: COMMENTARY… GUNS AND PSYCHIATRY

  • Robin Bryant (a1)

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Psychiatrists should tread cautiously in firearms risk assessment: COMMENTARY… GUNS AND PSYCHIATRY

  • Robin Bryant (a1)
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