- Provide $50 million to the CDC for public health research into firearm safety and injury prevention
- Support a minimum purchase age of 21 for semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
- Support a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons.
Research into firearm safety can help us understand the best ways to protect toddlers from accidentally firing a gun, the long-term health effects of exposure to community violence, and the measures that can best prevent the next school shooting. Semi-automatic assault weapons are dangerous, military-style guns that are meant to kill or maim the maximum number of people in the shortest amount of time. These weapons do not belong on our streets. Did you know that current federal law requires minimum age of 21 to purchase handguns, but not long barrel guns that can legally be purchased at age 18 (including semi-automatic assault weapons used in the mass shootings in Parkland, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Sandy Hook)? AAP supports the bipartisan Age 21 Act (S. 2470) which would harmonize the federal minimum purchase age for semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines with the current requirement for handguns. Ultimately, the AAP supports the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017 (S. 2095) which would restore the assault weapons ban.
The AAP has made an initial investment of $500,000 to fund a new Gun Safety and Injury Prevention Research Initiative (GSIPRI) to leverage the strengths and expertise of the AAP; approach gun injuries in the United States as a public health epidemic; identify gaps in knowledge; connect researchers working on firearm injury; define a research agenda; and fund research to implement and evaluate effective interventions in the clinical and community settings.