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Public Health - Seattle & King County

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:

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

What we are learning about gun violence in King County