To Prevent Suicides, Military Looks At Private Weapons.

The New York Times (10/8, Dao, Subscription Publication) reports that “nearly half of all suicides in the military having been committed with privately owned firearms.” In response, the Pentagon is “developing a suicide prevention campaign that will encourage friends and families of potentially suicidal service members to safely store or voluntarily remove personal firearms from their homes.” In addition, “Congress appears poised to enact legislation that would allow military mental health counselors and commanders to talk to troops about their private firearms” and would amend a 2011 law that prohibited DOD from collected on legally owned firearms. Sen. Inhofe “who sponsored the original 2011 restrictions, said he would support the new amendment ‘if it clears up any confusion.'”

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— “As Military Suicides Rise, Focus Is on Private Weapons,”James Dao, The New York Times, October 7, 2012.

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