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Keep firearms in or around home

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For sample adults, GUNATHOME indicates whether the respondent kept any firearms in or around his or her home (including those kept in a garage, outdoor storage area, truck, or car).


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."

Interviewers asked, "Are any firearms now kept in or around your home? Include those kept in a garage, outdoor storage area, truck, or car."


This variable is completely comparable across survey years.


  • 1994: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from AIDS supplement).
  • 1998: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 1994, 1998