ECU study shows 1 in 10 Americans have loaded & unlocked gun in home

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) A new report by experts at ECU has determined that nearly one in ten Americans live in a home with a loaded and unlocked gun.

The ECU report asked American gun owners about their safety practices and 25 percent of those surveyed who own firearms said they have one or more loaded and unlocked firearms in their home.

According to the report, an estimated 393 million firearms are owned by civilians in America, but little is known about how many Americans actually follow the basic rules of gun safety and the implications for public health.

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.

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