Gun violence in King County
The public health approach to gun violence
A public health approach helps us better understand how and when guns are used unsafely, and then develop solutions that put an end to these preventable injuries and losses. Guided by research and evidence, we develop prevention programs and evaluate those programs rigorously.
In King County:
- More people are killed by gun violence than by car crashes.
- 75% of gun-related deaths are suicides.
- We lose almost $200 million in medical costs and lost productivity because of firearm fatalities each year.
- Learn more about gun violence in King County.
What you can do to prevent gun violence
Safely store your firearms.
Find out the best way to lock up your guns and where you can purchase safe storage devices.
Talk to family and friends about safe storage.
Asking if guns are safely stored may save lives.
Know the warning signs of suicide.
Understand the risk of having an unlocked gun accessible to an at-risk individual and remove access.
What Public Health is doing to prevent gun violence
- Supporting a public awareness campaign around safe storage of guns. Learn more about Lok-It-Up
- Collecting data and identifying trends. View King County and Washington statistics, facts, and reports
- Educating stakeholders about laws in Washington and in other cities and states
What we are learning about gun violence in King County
- King County Firearms Fact Sheet (updated Oct. 2017)
- Reports on gun violence in King County:
- More information on gun violence prevention:
- Child firearm safety laws in 26 select large U.S. cities
- King County Sheriff puts emphasis on home gun safety, KING 5, Jan. 2016
- King County Executive Dow Constantine's approach to gun violence prevention
- Print resources for gun retailers
- Firearm data fact sheet,
King County (Oct. 2017)
- Gun Violence in King County (Jan. 2015)
- Children and gun violence (Nov. 2013)
- Status of Washington state law regarding firearms
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