Households with guns have a higher likelihood of gun injury, including homicide and suicide. Research indicates that around 7 percent of children in the United States live in homes with at least one loaded, unlocked firearm, which is more than twice as high as a previous estimate from 2002. Safe storage is one strategy that can limit unauthorized users’ access to firearms.
This roundup features research that puts numbers to firearm storage trends in the U.S. Some of this research highlights specific characteristics associated with safe gun storage. Safe gun storage includes securing guns in a locked safe or cabinet and using safety devices like trigger or cable locks.