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Way firearm is kept (1 firearm)

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For sample adults who kept only one firearm around his or her home (including those kept in a garage, outdoor storage area, truck, and car) (GUNNO), GUN1KEPT reports how the gun was stored.


Interviewers introduced the questions on firearm safety by stating, "The next questions are about safety and firearms. Firearms include pistols, shotguns, rifles, and other types of guns. Do not include guns that cannot fire, starter pistols, or BB guns." The survey form also directed interviewers to read if necessary: "Sometimes the use of firearms can lead to injury, which is a health problem."

After establishing that only one gun was kept in the home, interviewers asked, "Which statement best describes the WAY the firearm is kept?" The survey form directed interviewers to show a card (or read the categories if it was a telephone interview) to the respondent with four choices listed as follows:

  • Taken apart
  • With a trigger lock or other locking mechanism
  • Assembled without a locking mechanism
  • Other


This variable is only available for 1994.


  • 1994: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from AIDS supplement) who keep firearms in or around home and own one firearm.


  • 1994