Everytown’s research on unintentional child gun deaths shows that 65 percent of these shootings take place in a home or vehicle that belongs to the victim’s family, most often with guns that were legally owned but irresponsibly stored. And more than two-thirds of these tragedies could have been avoided if the gun owner stored their guns responsibly. Similarly, in more than half of shootings in K-12 schools where the source of the firearm was known, the perpetrator obtained the gun from home. The first step to preventing unintentional child gun deaths and school shootings is to make sure that children do not have access to guns – and that negligent adults who allow this to happen are held accountable.

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2014 National Poll of Voters' Attitudes Toward Responsible Storage and Reducing Children's Access to Guns

In May 2014, Douglas Schoen LLC conducted a national survey on behalf of Everytown for Gun Safety assessing voter opinions about responsible gun storage and preventing children’s access to guns.

Testimony Presented at a Hearing of the Consumer Product Safety Commission

This testimony was presented by Everytown for Gun Safety Research Director Ted Alcorn at a Hearing of the Consumer Product Safety Commission ewntitled “Agenda and Priorities FY2017 and/or 2018″ in Bethesda, Maryland on June 15, 2016.