Position Statement

AANS/CNS Position Statement on Firearm Safety

  • AANS/CNS Washington Office


Recent tragedies related to gun violence have demonstrated a need to assess public policy related to firearms. To that end, there is an emerging consensus that while most gun owners are responsible and law-abiding, additional public education on gun safety and injury prevention is desirable.

Position Statement
Due to the traumatic injuries and deaths that are caused by firearms, which threaten the public health and safety of many Americans, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) support the development and promotion of public education programs designed to prevent firearm injuries by teaching and encouraging proper firearm use, safety, storage, and ownership responsibility. In addition, individuals with behavioral medical conditions should have access to appropriate mental health services and should not have access to firearms.

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