Unintended shootings in a large metropolitan area: an incident-based analysis
Ismach, R. B.
Sampson, T. R.
Kellermann, A. L.
Publication: Ann Emerg Med
Keywords: child access gun design safe gun handling unintended shooting unintentional firearm injury
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The authors evaluated the proportion of unintended shootings that may be prevented by promoting safe storage, safe handling, and/or safer firearm designs in this study that retrospectively identified fatal and nonfatal unintentional shootings in a 5-county metropolitan area between May 1, 1996, and June 30, 2000 and classified the causes of each shooting. Of 216 cases of unintentional firearm injury examined, six were fatal. 25% of shootings involved victims younger than 18 years and handguns were involved in 87% of the incidents. Enough information was available to characterize the incident in 122 cases. The causes of all except six belonged to one or more of three categories: child access (14%), mishandling (74%), and/or deficiencies in firearm design (32%).
Ismach, R. B., Reza, A., Ary, R., Sampson, T. R., Bartolomeos, K., & Kellermann, A. L. (2003). Unintended shootings in a large metropolitan area: an incident-based analysis. Ann Emerg Med, 41(1), 10-17.
Ismach, R. B., et al. "Unintended Shootings in a Large Metropolitan Area: An Incident-Based Analysis." Ann Emerg Med 41.1 (2003): 10-7.