Groups ask Missouri gun dealers to help fight gun suicides

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ST. LOUIS – Grassroots organizations are working across Missouri to persuade gun-related businesses to help limit access to guns for those contemplating suicide.

One initiative is called the Safer Homes Collaborative, led by the Missouri Institute of Mental Health at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Since it started in 2018, five part-time field coordinators have tried to persuade hundreds of gun shops, pawn shops and firearms training facilities to display educational materials, provide temporary storage of firearms and take a one-hour training to identify potentially suicidal customers and delay a gun sale or encourage safe storage.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports field coordinators for the program often meet resistance from the retailers, who are concerned the program could lead to a form of gun control.

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