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OBJECTIVE: To describe gun storage patterns in gun-owning families with children. DESIGN: Survey of parents attending participating offices. SETTING: Twenty-nine urban, suburban, and rural pediatric practices in Chicago, Ill; New Jersey; Houston, Tex; Utah; Georgia; Iowa; and South Carolina. SUBJECTS: Parents of children attending offices for well- or sick-child care. SELECTION PROCEDURE: Consecutive sample of families seen during the 1-week study period. MEASUREMENTS AND ANALYSES: Logistic regression models were constructed to identify sociodemographic factors associated with keeping guns loaded. RESULTS: Of 5233 surveys, 1682 (32%) indicated ownership of at least one powder firearm. Of the gun-owning families, 61% reported at least one gun unlocked, and 15% reported at least one gun loaded. Rifles were more often stored unlocked (62% rifles vs 52% handguns, P

Original publication




Journal article


Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med

Publication Date





265 - 269


Child, Family, Female, Firearms, Humans, Male, Rural Population, Socioeconomic Factors, Suburban Population, Surveys and Questionnaires, United States, Urban Population, Wounds, Gunshot