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NCJ Number: 250329 Find in a Library
Title: IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods: Firearms in the Home
Corporate Author: International Association of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: September 2016
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Arlington, VA 22201
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Factsheet; Issue Overview; Report (Technical Assistance); Statistics
Format: Document (Online); Factsheet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Fact Sheet reviews data on the prevalence of firearms in American homes and the probabilities that a firearm in the home will increase the likelihood that those firearms will be used in homicides and suicides in those homes.
Abstract: According to the Pew Research Center, 37 percent of adults reported having a firearm in their household, and 48 percent of firearm owners indicated that the primary reason they own a firearm is for protection; approximately 32 percent reported using them for hunting. A 2008 article in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that when a firearm is stored in a home, the possibility of a homicide in that home increases by up to 170 percent, and the possibility of suicide increases by up to 460 percent. Data on the location of firearm homicides shows that 4 out of 10 occur in a home; 8 out of 10 firearm suicides occur in a home; and 9 out of 10 unintentional shooting fatalities occur in a home. Approximately one-third of all Americans with children under the age of 18 have a firearm in their home; of these, 34 percent have children younger than 12. A total of 1,700,000 children live in a home with unlocked, loaded guns. Sixty-eight percent of school shooters acquired their guns from their own homes or homes of relatives. Project ChildSafe is a nationwide educational program that promotes the safe storage of firearms in a home by providing responsible gun owners with the tools and information for securely storing their guns.
Main Term(s): Crime prevention education
Index Term(s): BJA Resources; Children at risk; Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence; Firearm Homicide; Firearm Research; Firearm Violence; Firearms deaths; Gun Safety; Location; Suicide; Suicide prevention
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