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.
Easy access to unsecured firearms is a deciding factor in a majority of unintentional child gun deaths. These tragedies are entirely preventable, but many states have yet to adopt policies that would make it harder for children to access negligently stored firearms.