'Bind Me More Tightly Still': Voluntary Restraint Against Gun Suicide

43 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2015 Last revised: 7 Dec 2015

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Fredrick E. Vars

University of Alabama - School of Law

Angela Selvaggio

University of Alabama - School of Law

Date Written: August 7, 2015

Abstract

An individual ought to be able to protect himself or herself from gun suicide by making it more difficult to buy a gun. This Article examines the constitutionality of two robust, voluntary restraints on gun purchase that could save many lives. A person who selected the first option would be able to purchase a gun only after receiving judicial approval. Under the second option, the ban on purchase would be irrevocable. The Article concludes that neither option violates the Second Amendment, but that a contrary holding is possible with respect to the irrevocable purchase ban.

Keywords: Suicide, Firearms, Ulysses, Second Amendment

Suggested Citation

Vars, Fredrick E. and Selvaggio, Angela, 'Bind Me More Tightly Still': Voluntary Restraint Against Gun Suicide (August 7, 2015). Harvard Journal on Legislation, 2016, Forthcoming; U of Alabama Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2641139. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2641139 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2641139

Fredrick E. Vars (Contact Author)

University of Alabama - School of Law ( email )

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

Angela Selvaggio

University of Alabama - School of Law ( email )

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

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