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Firearms, mental illness, dementia and the clinician

Matthew M Large
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (7): 362. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00003
Published online: 20 April 2015

To the Editor: In their recent article in the Journal, Wand and colleagues suggest that the medical profession should play a more active role in the regulation of firearm licences held by older Australians.1 However, the authors underestimate the rate of firearm ownership in Australia by a factor of 1000 when they state that 3.9 per 100 000 people held a firearm license in 2001. In reality, about three-quarters of a million Australians held a firearm licence in 2001.2

  • Matthew M Large

  • University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: mmbl@bigpond.com

Competing interests:

I have given evidence in coronial proceedings into deaths that involve firearms.

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