Table 3

Circumstances of handling firearms without adult knowledge or supervision

CircumstanceNo (%)
Doing what with the gun (234 categorizable responses)
    Shooting (hunting/target practice)115 (49)
    Looking/holding91 (39)
    Cleaning21 (9)
    Fired unintentionally4 (2)
    Self defense/protection3 (1)
With whom (160 categorizable responses)
    Friend110 (69)
    Alone31 (19)
    Relative19 (12)
Where (182 categorizable)
    Outdoor area (park/shooting range/hunting)100 (55)
    Friend’s home46 (25)
    Respondent’s home20 (11)
    Relative’s home15 (8)