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Handgun kept around home

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For sample adults who kept at least one firearm around his or her home (including the garage, outdoor storage area, truck, or car) (GUNATHOME), GUNHAND indicates whether the firearm at home was a handgun.


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 firearms were kept in the home, interviewers asked, "What kinds of firearms are they?" The survey form instructed interviewers to enter the corresponding number for each type of firearm mentioned.

Other responses and corresponding variables include:


This variable is only available for 1998. Similar variables from 1994 include: GUNANYHAND and GUN2HAND.


  • 1998: Sample adults age 18+ who keep firearm at home.


  • 1998