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  • In the United States, 33,636 people died in 2013 as a result of guns.

  • In Washington state, 158 children (age 17 or younger) were hospitalized and 108 children died as a result of guns from 2010 to 2014. During this period, 42 children were hospitalized and 23 children died in King County.

  • In 2013, an estimated 64,000 adults in King County with a loaded gun in or around their homes reported storing them loaded and unlocked. The majority of gun deaths in the US were suicides and homicides. Of the 33,636 deaths nationally attributed to firearms in 2013, 63% were suicides and 35% were homicides.
    CDC WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System), Accessed Oct. 2015

Washington state gun statistics from 2009 to 2013

  • In 2013, among Washington state adults 18 years and older an estimated 36% (or 1,889,000 adults) have a gun in or around their home; of those reporting the presence of a firearm, more than half (51%) or about 971,000 report having an unlocked firearm.
    WA State Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance, System, 2013

  • 1,472 Washington state residents were hospitalized for nonfatal gun injuries (294/year), including 277 children ages 19 and younger (55/year).
    WA State Department of Health, Nonfatal Injury Data Tables, 2009-2013, October 2015

  • 3,038 Washington state residents died from a gun injury (607/year), including 191 children ages 19 and younger (38/year).
    WA State Department of Health, Fatal Injury Data Tables, 2009-2013, October 2015

  • 436 King County residents were hospitalized for nonfatal gun injuries (87/year), including 82 children ages 19 and younger (16/year).
    WA State Department of Health, Nonfatal Injury Data Tables, 2009-2013, October 2015

  • 642 King County residents died from a gun injury (128/year), including 35 children ages 19 and younger (7/year).
    WA State Department of Health, Fatal Injury Data Tables, 2009-2013, October 2015

King County gun statistics

  • In 2013 among King County adults (18 years and older) with a firearm in or around their home (371,000 adults), an estimated 52% (194,000 adults) reported the firearm was unlocked.
    WA State Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance, System, 2013

Children, youth and guns

Guns and our schools:

  • During the 2013-2014 school year, the WA State Superintendent of Public Instruction reported 91 incidents involving a gun on school premises, transportation systems, or school facilities.
    WA Superintendent of Public Instruction, Weapons in Schools Ten Year Trend Report

  • In 2014, over 10% of 8th grade students, almost 20% of 10th grade students and over 25% of 12th grade students in King County reported that they would not be caught if they carried a handgun without parental permission.
    WA State Healthy Youth Survey, 2014

  • In a 2013 survey of Seattle youth in grades 9-12, 6% reported having carried a gun on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey.
    CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS), Youth Online: High School YRBS

Guns in our homes:

  • In 2013, approximately 24% of King County adults (371,000 people) reported firearms present in or around their homes. Among adults reporting presence of a firearm, an estimated 33% (123,000 people) stored them loaded and of those who keep their guns loaded 52% (64,000 people) stored them loaded AND unlocked.
    WA State Department of Health, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2013

  • A study found that 49% of households with adolescents only (aged 13-17 years) stored a firearm unlocked versus 29% of those who also had younger children (aged 0-12 years).
    Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med., 2006

  • Parent perceptions of children's behavior with firearms do not predict actual behavior. One study with boys revealed that despite parent estimates of their child's interest or likelihood to play with a real handgun, children estimated to have "low interest" were as likely to play with or pull the trigger as children perceived to have "moderate to high interest." Another study revealed that parents living in homes with guns who reported their children had never handled a gun in their homes were contradicted by their child's self-report.

Gun violence

  • In Washington state, a child or teen is killed by gunfire every 8 days.
    Children's Defense Fund, Children in Washington Factsheet, March 2013

Gun suicides

  • Firearms are the primary method of suicide in Washington state.
    WA State Department of Health, Fatal Injury Data Tables, November 2014

  • From 2009 – 2013, 139 youth (age 17 or younger) died by suicide in Washington; 49 of these youth (35%) died from firearms. During this same period, 37 youth died by suicide in King County; 9 youth (24%) used firearms.
    WA State Department of Health, Fatal Injury Data Tables, October 2015

  • A study of adolescent suicides found that over half were carried out with guns from the adolescent's home. More than 75% of the firearms used in suicide attempts and unintentional injuries were stored in the residence of the victim, a relative, or friend.

Gun homicides and crime

  • In 2014, 56% of homicides in Washington State were committed with guns.
    Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs, Crime in WA, 2014 Annual Report

  • From 2009 – 2013, 62 homicides occurred among youth (ages 5-17) in Washington; 38 (61%) of these youth died as a result of guns.
    WA State Department of Health, Fatal Injury Data Tables, October 2015
  • During the same period, 93 youth (ages 5-17) were hospitalized for gun assault injuries in Washington; King County youth accounted for 32% of these nonfatal injury hospitalizations (30 youth).
    WA State Department of Health, Nonfatal Injury Data Tables, November 2014

  • According to the WA Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, the total value of guns reported stolen in Washington State in 2013 was $3,990,218.