Continued from page 1

“Precisely what was or was not permitted under the clause was unclear,” they wrote in an article published online by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“But no federal employee was willing to risk his or her career or the agency’s funding to find out. Extramural support for firearm-injury prevention research quickly dried up. Even today, 17 years after this legislative action, the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] website lacks specific links to information about preventing firearm-related violence,” they wrote.