Personal Firearm Storage in the United States

Recent Estimates, Patterns, and Effectiveness of Interventions

by Rajeev Ramchand

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One topic on which public health and gun rights advocates agree is that gun owners should store firearms safely, preventing unauthorized individuals from accessing them. Such practices may prevent unintentional firearm deaths and injuries among children and could even prevent suicide.

This essay describes what safe storage actually means and presents estimates of U.S. gun owners' storage practices; it also presents research on select populations of interest. It additionally summarizes research on the effectiveness of interventions that seek to change firearm storage practices.

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