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Firearm kept loaded and unlocked 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), GUNUNLOCK indicates whether at least one firearm 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 firearms were kept in the home, interviewers asked, "Is at least one of the firearms kept loaded and unlocked?"


This variable is only available for 1998. Similar variables from 1994 include: GUNLOADUNL and GUN2LOADUNL.


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


  • 1998