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Am J Public Health. 1998 Jun;88(6):969-72.

State estimates of household exposure to firearms, loaded firearms, and handguns, 1991 through 1995.

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Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga 30341-3724, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Variations among states in household exposure to firearms, loaded firearms, and handguns were examined.

METHODS:

Data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 22 states were used to estimate the prevalence of adults and children exposed to household firearms.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of adults living in households with firearms ranged from 12% to 57%; the corresponding ranges were 1% to 23% for loaded firearms and 5% to 36% for handguns. The prevalence of children less than 18 years of age living in households with loaded firearms ranged from 2% to 12%.

CONCLUSIONS:

Important variations among states exist in the prevalence of adults and children living in households with firearms, loaded firearms, and handguns.

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9618633
PMCID:
PMC1508237
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