gun safety resources & tips


  1. Gun Safety Is No Accident
  2. Licensing and Registration National Poll
  3. Lock Guns Up and Away
  4. Preliminary 1999 U.S. Mortality Data Released

Licensing and Registration National Poll

National survey of 1000 registered voters conducted May 15-21, 2001. Margin of error +/- 3.1%.

General Findings

  • 54% think current gun control laws are not strict enough, 29% think they are about right, and 12% think they are too strict.
  • 59% favor passing stricter national gun control laws.

Support for Licensing, Registration, and Background Checks Among Registered Voters

  • 85% of registered voters favor requiring a license before a handgun is purchased.
  • 83% of registered voters favor registration of all new handguns purchased.
  • 92% of registered voters favor criminal background checks for all handgun purchases. (Asked of a split sample of 500 respondents)

Support for Licensing, Registration, and Background Checks Among Gun Owners

  • 73% of gun owners favor requiring a license before a handgun is purchased.
  • 72% of gun owners favor requiring gun owners to register their newly-purchased weapons.
  • 86% of gun owners favor criminal background checks for all handgun purchases. (Asked of a split sample of 500 respondents)

Support for Licensing, Registration, and Background Checks Among NRA Supporters

  • 66% of self-described NRA supporters favor requiring a license before a handgun is purchased.
  • 65% of self-described NRA supporters favor requiring gun owners to register their newly-purchased weapons.
  • 82% of self-described NRA supporters favor criminal background checks for all handgun purchases. (Asked of a split sample of 500 respondents)

For a copy of the poll, please contact Blaine Rummel at 202-408-7560 ext. 118.

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Lock Guns Up and Away

Safe America

Guns are not toys, and should be respected as any powerful tool. Gun safety education consists of an age-appropriate safe plan of action regarding the storage and handling of firearms. Regardless of personal opinions of guns, accidents can be avoided by following these tips from Smith & Wesson and The Center to Prevent Handgun Violence:

  1. If you keep a gun, unload it and store in a safety storage device, out of the sight and reach of children. Make sure children cannot get the keys or combination of the locked storage area where your gun is kept.
  2. Lock bullets and cartridges in a safety storage device in a separate location.
  3. Never assume ANYTHING about a gun. All guns should be considered loaded.
  4. Ask police or gun shop for help on safe storage procedures and gun locks. For example, Smith & Wesson includes a Master Lock gun lock with each gun purchase.
  5. All gun owners would take a safety course.
  6. Even if you don't keep a gun...speak to parents of children's friends about gun safety and find out if they keep a gun at home and how it is stored. Urge anyone who keeps a gun at home to unload it and lock it up.
  7. Never allow teenagers to clean guns without adult supervision and only after an adult has fully checked the gun to make sure it is unloaded.
  8. Talk to your children and family members about the dangers of guns and gun injury outside the home in places where they may visit and play.
  9. Tell your children to stay away from guns at their friends' homes.
  10. If you or a friend wants to get rid of a gun in the home contact your local police department for information about the rules in your city, county and state.

The Safe America Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to injury prevention and the practice of good safety habits through the distribution of safety products and innovative educational programs. For more information call: 770-218-0071 or email: safeamerica@mindspring.com

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Preliminary 1999 U.S. Mortality Data Released

Preliminary mortality figures for 1999 were released today by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The new report, "Deaths: Preliminary Data for 1999," presents data based on more than 99 percent of the death certificates recorded in the U.S.

Preliminary 1999 estimates show a decline in mortality for several leading causes of death, including firearm mortality:

  • Total firearm deaths: 28,839
  • Firearm suicide: 16,573
  • Firearm homicide: 10,818 (legal intervention by firearm: 296)
  • Unintentional firearm deaths: 832
  • Firearm deaths of undetermined intent: 320

A copy of the report is available at www.cdc.gov/nchs. Final mortality data will be released in the fall.

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