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Unlocked and loaded: ECU experts examine data on gun safety, public health

Nearly one in 10 Americans lives in a home with a loaded and unlocked gun, according to a report released by East Carolina University’s Center for Survey Research: “Unlocked and Loaded: Guns in the Home and Safety Practices in America.”

In the report, ECU faculty members and report co-authors Dr. Ann Rafferty and Dr. Joseph Lee write, “Firearm violence is a serious public health issue and firearm presence and safe storage are key components.

Survey findings include:

  • Thirty-seven percent of American adults report there is a firearm kept in and around their home.
  • One in four American adults who report having firearms in their home report unsafe gun storage.
  • Those in firearm households earning less than $40,000 a year are more likely to report the presence of loaded and unlocked firearms in their residence.

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