BulletPoints Project Newsletter

Summer 2021

Dear Colleague,
Firearm deaths are increasing this summer and it’s as important as ever for clinicians to recognize their role in reducing them. One possible tool? Extreme risk protection orders (known as ERPOs or “red flag laws”). Though they’re discussed frequently in the media, few know what they do and how they work. Tune in to the next episode of our monthly webinar series, and ask your questions about ERPOs and how they intersect with the clinician’s role in firearm injury prevention.     

As always, we want to connect with you—the clinicians and educators who are working to reduce their patients’ risk of firearm injury every day. Please reach out with ideas, comments, and questions!

Wishing you well,

Amy Barnhorst, MD and the BulletPoints team  
Clinical tools for preventing firearm injury  

Find BulletPoints on Twitter @BulletPtsProj and Facebook to stay updated on new tools, research, and materials on firearm injury prevention! 



  • Looking for information on community gun violence? View our new webpage dedicated to understanding community violence and strategies to prevent it.
  • Attend an on-demand workshop taught by Amy Barnhorst and Rocco Pallin, “What Mental Health Providers Can Do To Reduce Firearm Violence and Suicide,” hosted by the California Association of Marriage and Family. Register and earn 1 CE credit or watch for free here.
  • Watch the webinar recording from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “Domestic Violence and Firearms: Restrictions, Relief, Reports, and Resources.”
  • See new findings on the implementation of extreme risk protection orders in Oregon in this article from Criminology and Public Policy.
  • From 2014-2019, 59% of fatal mass shootings in the United States were domestic-violence related, according to this new research published in Injury Epidemiology.
  • Between the years 2010-2019, the unintentional firearm mortality rate for young African Americans increased by 48%. Read the details in this study from the Journal of the National Medical Association.
  • The AAP Gun Safety and Injury Prevention Initiative has released a course titled Safer: Storing Firearms Prevents Harm.” The course is free and provides continuing education credits.
  • Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center’s FIPRP has launched a digital toolkit on interventions for firearm injury and suicide prevention.
  • This fact sheet from the 2020 California Safety and Wellbeing Survey (CSaWS) covers the intersection of violence, firearms, and the Covid-19 pandemic. The full research study is in JAMA Network Open.
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