Limit Sales of Assault Weapons
The Richmond Academy of Medicine
On February 16, 2018 the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Psychiatric Association all renewed their call on government to act on the public health epidemic of gun violence including placing constitutionally appropriate restrictions on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines. On February 28, 2018 the American College of Surgeons reiterated their continued support of restrictions on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition clips. Multiple studies have demonstrated an inverse relationship between limits on firearm ownership and gun-related death rates. Current MSV policy expresses support for future laws and regulations relating to firearms which would promote trauma control and increased public safety (Policy 145.003) and current MSV Policy also opposes any type of Domestic violence and supports the inclusion of educational material regarding resources, criminal laws, and prevention in government publications related to marriage and families (Policy 515.001). District of Columbia vs. Heller upholds the right of individual states to impose restrictions on gun ownership.
The Richmond Academy of Medicine asks that the Medical Society of Virginia to actively pursue and endorse any legislation that limits sale and ownership of large capacity magazines, bump stocks, and firearms with features designed to increase their rapid firing ability as defined in H.R. 3355 of the 103rd Congress. Additionally, we ask that the Medical Society of Virginia actively pursue and endorse any legislation which promotes uniform/universal background checks for gun sales.
District of Columbia vs. Heller Background information can be found on pages 9-11 of appendix