Self-Defense Against Gun Suicide

37 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2014 Last revised: 7 Oct 2015

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Fredrick E. Vars

University of Alabama - School of Law

Date Written: September 23, 2014


Nearly 20,000 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 gun control, but self control. Specifically, this article proposes allowing individuals to confidentially put their names into the existing federal background check system and thereby to prevent 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.

Keywords: Suicide, Firearms, Ulysses, Second Amendment

Suggested Citation

Vars, Fredrick E., Self-Defense Against Gun Suicide (September 23, 2014). Boston College Law Review, 2015, Forthcoming , U of Alabama Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2500291, Available at SSRN: or

Fredrick E. Vars (Contact Author)

University of Alabama - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 870382
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
United States

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