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At least 1 firearm kept loaded and unlocked (GT 1 firearm)

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For sample adults who kept more than one firearm around his or her home (including those kept in a garage, outdoor storage area, truck, and car) (GUNNO), GUN2LOADUNL indicates whether at least one of the firearms was kept loaded and unlocked.


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 more than one gun was kept in the home, interviewers asked, "Is at least one of the firearms kept loaded and unlocked?"


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, who own more than one firearm (or for whom the number of firearms was unknown), who keep firearm either loaded or unloaded (or for whom it was unknown if firearm kept loaded), and who kept other ammunition in or around the home.


  • 1994