Firearm Safety

Gun ownership is a normal part of life in America. In rural areas, a high percentage, if not all, families will have guns in their home. Having a conversation with someone who is suicidal about temporarily removing firearms from the home has great promise to save lives. The research-based tools on this website have been designed to help primary care practitioners as well as family members have productive and effective conversations about firearms with persons at risk of suicide.


People Who Love Guns Love You Brochure
Research Brief for Primary Care Providers
Communication Skills Training Videos

Online Courses

Addressing Firearm Safety with Patients at Risk of Suicide (1-credit CME)

This course is designed to help primary care physicians and other types of health care providers working in rural settings develop better communication skills, comfort, and confidence when having conversations about firearm safety with patients who are suicidal. This course is specific to firearm safety and does not focus on other methods of suicide. Upon completion of the course, you will be directed to a CME link where you can download your completion certificate. Thank you to the St. Charles Health System for providing this CME at no charge.

Because of the sensitive nature of the course material, this course is intended for health professionals only and is password protected. Individuals who are in the health professions may receive the password by sending an email request.

Online CME Course on Firearm Safety

Funding for this training was made possible (in part) by grant number SM 061759 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written materials or publication and by speakers do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of CMHS, SAMHSA or HHS, nor the Oregon Health Authority, Lines for Life or the St. Charles Health System; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government, the Oregon Health Authority, Lines for Life or the St. Charles Health System.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of St. Charles Health System, Lines for Life and Oregon Health Authority. St. Charles Health System is accredited by the Oregon Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. St. Charles Health System designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.