Do Gun Owners Usually Store Their Firearms Safely?

Adopted in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment to the US Constitution protects the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. Unfortunately, that much-discussed document does not require that gun owners have to store their guns properly. In a 2016 survey of 1,444 American gun owners conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 54 percent of firearm owners reported that they do not keep all of their deadly weapons locked up. Households with children under the age of 18 were only slightly safer, with 45 percent of respondents reporting that at least one of the guns in the home is not safely locked and stored.

Rights and responsibilities:

  • The survey defined safe storage this way: All guns should be stored in a locked gun safe, cabinet, or case, or locked into a gun rack, or stored with a trigger lock or other lock.

  • “The survey findings indicate a real public health emergency,” said lead researcher Cassandra Crifasi, citing the increased risk of homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings in the home.

  • The Second Amendment was partly based on English common law, and influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689 -- specifically the right to bear arms for self-defense and resistance to oppression.

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I felt compelled to respond to this small article.

Almost everyday your factoids are interesting. This piece, however, is cherry picking.

The Second Amendment to the

US Constitution protects the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. How can we "bear arms" if they are locked up?

I don't doubt at least half the populace are stupid or have a mental problem. How do you fix that?

Of course any gun should be either with the owner or safely stored.

I see no point in arguing gun vs anti-gun anymore. Neither side will understand the other or even make an attempt to have rational conversation.

Can you cite a study on why anti-gun people are terrified of all guns and anyone who enjoys the shooting sports, competition, hunting, or just going to the range at an outdoor club because it is fun?

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