The National Collaborative for Gun Violence Research, a private nonprofit, is funding a two-year study to collect data on nonlethal firearm injuries.
Finding parallels previous literature suggesting self-protection should be weighed against risks of homicide and suicide, researcher says.
Efforts will measure effectiveness of approaches to reducing gun violence, and gather data on risk factors.
Study in JAMA Peditriatics characterizes homicides of adolescent victims who had relationships with perpetrators.
Studies from Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, School of Public Health cited in new legislation.
Leaders of 10 public health agencies and professional group announced plans to do more to prevent gun-related injuries and deaths, including asking patients whether they own guns and screening them for risk of using a gun in suicide.
About 61 percent of firearm owners in the U.S.