Table 4

Change in storage practices and training for firearms in the household between 1 January 2020 and 5 May 2020

Persons with COVID-19-related firearm purchasePersons without COVID-19-related firearm purchaseTotal
Prior owners n=158New ownersPrior owners n=192Non-owners
Household firearm ownership n=178No household firearm ownership n=158Household firearm ownership n=176No household firearm ownership n=222
All of respondent’s firearms stored locked on 1 January 2020 (n=350)70 (44.3)103 (53.7)173 (49.4)
All of respondent’s firearms stored locked on 5 May 2020 (n=686)76 (48.1)113 (63.5)108 (60.3)104 (54.2)401 (56.7)
Household owner’s firearms storage on 1 January 2020 (n=704)
All firearms stored locked58 (36.7)97 (54.5)59 (30.7)96 (54.6)310 (44.0)
At least one firearm stored unlocked95 (60.1)62 (34.8)132 (68.8)49 (27.8)338 (48.0)
I do not know how their firearm(s) were stored5 (3.2)19 (10.7)1 (0.5)31 (17.6)56 (7.8)
Household owner’s firearms storage on 5 May 2020 (n=704)
All firearms stored locked56 (35.4)96 (53.9)60 (31.3)97 (55.1)309 (43.9)
At least one firearm stored unlocked97 (61.4)74 (41.6)132 (68.8)49 (27.8)352 (50.0)
I do not know how their firearm(s) were stored5 (3.2)8 (4.5)0 (0.0)30 (17.1)43 (6.1)
Respondents reported some change in their own firearm storage behaviour (n=350)57 (36.1)11 (5.7)68 (19.5)
 To prevent child access31 (54.4)1 (9.1)32 (47.1)
 To reduce risk of mishandling and accidental discharge22 (38.6)2 (18.2)24 (35.3)
 To reduce risk of suicide16 (28.1)1 (9.1)--17 (25.0)
 To prevent access to persons newly living with you18 (31.6)2 (18.2)20 (29.4)
 To allow for quick access in case of a robbery, theft or burglary19 (33.3)7 (63.6)26 (38.2)
 Ran out of room in the gun safe8 (14.0)2 (18.2)10 (14.7)
 No longer have usual storage means available5 (8.8)1 (9.1)6 (8.8)
 Moved temporarily due to COVID-194 (7.0)1 (9.1)5 (7.4)
 Other0 (0.0)1 (9.1)1 (1.5)
Current household member owns a firearm (n=704)132 (83.5)178 (100.0)93 (48.4)176 (100.0)
 Current household member is a partner61 (46.2)83 (46.6)59 (63.44)74 (42.0)277 (39.4)
 Current household member is a family member83 (62.9)88 (49.4)36 (38.7)92 (52.3)299 (42.5)
 Current household member is a roommate8 (6.1)23 (12.9)4 (4.3)8 (4.5)43 (6.11)
 Other current household member0 (0.0)2 (1.1)0 (0.0)5 (2.8)7 (1.0)
Ever received firearm safety training (n=1105)89 (56.3)91 (51.1)84 (46.9)119 (62.0)31 (17.6)22 (9.9)436 (39.5)
 Training included: safe handling of firearms63 (70.8)83 (91.2)78 (92.9)115 (96.6)28 (90.3)20 (90.9)387 (88.8)
 Training included: safe storage of firearms64 (71.9)69 (75.8)66 (78.6)98 (82.4)17 (54.8)14 (63.6)328 (75.2)
 Training included: preventing firearm accidents53 (59.6)63 (69.2)65 (77.4)103 (86.6)21 (67.7)16 (72.7)321 (73.6)
 Training included: preventing firearm theft38 (42.7)37 (40.7)36 (42.9)48 (40.3)5 (16.1)5 (22.7)169 (38.8)
 Training included: suicide prevention22 (24.7)26 (28.6)22 (26.2)24 (20.2)5 (16.1)2 (9.1)101 (23.2)
Training since 1 January 2020 (n=436)15 (9.5)48 (27.0)29 (16.2)7 (3.7)2 (1.1)1 (0.5)102 (9.2)