Firearms play a major role in childhood morbidity and mortality in the United States, especially among adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to reducing firearm death and injury of children and youth and has published policy statements on handgun control (1985),1 "toy" firearms (1987)2, and "Firearm Injuries Affecting the Pediatric Population" (1991).3 The purpose of this statement is to identify major firearm issues that specifically address adolescents.

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