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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Firearm safety

In 2010, over 31,000 people in the United States died as a result of firearms. The majority of these deaths were suicides and homicides. Of the 31,672 deaths attributed to firearms in 2010, 61% were suicides and 35% were homicides.
...CDC National Vital Statistics System, August 2012

In Washington state, from 2007 to 2011:

  • 2,874 residents died from a firearm injury, including 194 youths and children ages 19 and younger.
    ...Washington state Dept. of Health, Fatal Injury Data Tables, March 2013

  • 1,448 residents were hospitalized for nonfatal firearm injuries, including 300 youths and children ages 19 and younger.
    ..Washington state Dept. of Health, Nonfatal Injury Data Tables, March 2013

In King County, from 2007 to 2011:

  • 625 residents died from a firearm injury, including 45 youth and children ages 19 and younger.
    ...Washington state Dept. of Health, Fatal Injury Data Tables, March 2013

  • An additional 475 residents were hospitalized for nonfatal firearm injuries, including 104 youth and children ages 19 and younger.
    ..Washington state Dept. of Health, Nonfatal Injury Data Tables, March 2013

Safe storage of firearms:

Firearm-related injuries and fatalities can be prevented. Safe firearm storage is an important step for firearm-related injury prevention and a widely recognized practice to keep homes safe. LOK-IT-UP raises awareness about the importance of safe firearm storage for family and community safety.

In conjunction with the LOK-IT-UP campaign, Public Health – Seattle & King County has created a training module to teach health care providers how to speak to patients about safe storage. For a copy of the module or for more information, please contact us at 206-263-8160.

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LOK-IT-UP

Visit our LOK-IT-UP site to learn more about the importance of safe storage of firearms.


Which firearm locking device is right for you? (PDF)

Gun Violence in King County
More than 31,000 people in the U.S. are killed by gun violence each year. In King County, the death toll from guns is more than 125 people a year. More people in King County die from gun violence than motor vehicle crashes.