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Inj Prev doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041586
  • Brief report

Gun ownership and social gun culture

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  1. Sandro Galea2
  1. 1Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA
  2. 2School of Public Health, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bindu Kalesan, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 722 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032, USA; bindu.kalesan{at}gmail.com
  • Received 24 February 2015
  • Revised 20 April 2015
  • Accepted 20 May 2015
  • Published Online First 29 June 2015

Abstract

We assessed gun ownership rates in 2013 across the USA and the association between exposure to a social gun culture and gun ownership. We used data from a nationally representative sample of 4000 US adults, from 50 states and District of Columbia, aged >18 years to assess gun ownership and social gun culture performed in October 2013. State-level firearm policy information was obtained from the Brady Law Center and Injury Prevention and Control Center. One-third of Americans reported owning a gun, ranging from 5.2% in Delaware to 61.7% in Alaska. Gun ownership was 2.25-times greater among those reporting social gun culture (PR=2.25, 95% CI 2.02 to 2.52) than those who did not. In conclusion, we found strong association between social gun culture and gun ownership. Gun cultures may need to be considered for public health strategies that aim to change gun ownership in the USA.

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