Vol. LVI No. 4

Self-Defense Against Gun Suicide

Abstract: Around twenty-thousand Americans each year commit suicide using a gun. Many would survive if it were more difficult to obtain the gun. The proposal here is not for gun control, but self control. Specifically, this article proposes allowing individuals to confidentially put their names into the existing federal background check system to prevent or delay their own future firearm purchases. Empowering people to restrict their own access to guns has the potential to save many lives, is supported by other self-binding regimes, and poses no serious constitutional concerns.

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