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Firearms kept loaded or unloaded

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For sample adults who kept at least one firearm around his or her home (including those kept in a garage, outdoor storage area, truck, and car) (GUNATHOME), GUNLOADED reports whether the firearm(s) was(were) kept loaded or unloaded.


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 the firearms kept loaded or unloaded?" and then selected one of the following choices:

  • One or more are kept loaded
  • All are kept unloaded
  • Refused
  • Don't know


This variable is only available for 1998. Similar variables from 1994 include: GUN1LOADED and GUN2LOADED.


  • 1998: Sample adults age 18+ who keep firearms at home and who did not say yes when asked if at least one of the firearms is kept loaded and unlocked.


  • 1998