PREFERRED LOCKING DEVICES AND FEATURES
US Army soldiers who died by suicide were 4.1 times more likely to store a loaded firearm at home
SUICIDE AND FIREARMS:
FACTS THAT MATTER
US active duty suicides that resulted from a firearm injury in 2017
US Veteran suicides that resulted from a firearm injury in 2016
WHY IS LETHAL MEANS SAFETY IMPORTANT?
INTERVENTIONS SHOULD BE ALIGNED WITH THE NEEDS AND PREFERENCES OF USERS
Increasing the time and distance between someone with suicidal intent and a firearm can reduce suicide risk.
OF SUICIDE ATTEMPTS WITH A FIREARM ARE
WHAT ARE THE PREFERENCES OF FIREARM USERS?
PROTECTION IS A MAIN REASON FOR FIREARM OWNERSHIP.
I need to protect myself, my loved ones, and my home.
I need quick and easy access to my firearm.
AN UNLOCKED FIREARM IS MORE LIKELY TO RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH.
Cross-sectional study of adults' preferences for firearm locking devices and features
Surveys given at two community-based firearm safety events
% WHO WOULD
LOCKING DEVICE TYPES
Very important or absolutely essential
This study provides the first detailed insights into
Consider these preferences in the design of interventions.
Future research should determine how preferences impact the effectiveness of interventions.
1. https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/docs/data-sheets/OMHSP_National_Suicide_Data_Report_2005- 2016_508.pdf