Table 3

Concern about COVID-19

Persons with COVID-19-related firearm purchasePersons without COVID-19-related firearm purchaseTotal n=1105
Prior owners n=158New ownersPrior owners n=192Non-owners
Household firearm ownership n=178No household firearm ownership n=179Household firearm ownership n=176No household firearm ownership n=222
When thinking about the COVID-19 pandemic, are you concerned about any of the following
 Economy85 (53.8)131 (73.6)126 (70.4)151 (78.6)144 (81.8)173 (77.9)810 (73.3)
 Supply chain disruptions80 (50.6)110 (61.8)113 (63.1)137 (71.4)120 (68.2)142 (64.0)702 (63.5)
 Health103 (65.2)137 (77.0)136 (76.0)137 (71.4)136 (77.3)174 (78.4)823 (74.5)
 Crime42 (26.6)92 (51.7)92 (51.4)60 (31.2)51 (29.0)53 (23.9)390 (35.3)
 Social activities64 (40.5)87 (48.9)88 (49.2)95 (49.5)99 (56.2)117 (52.7)550 (49.8)
 Other1 (0.6)2 (1.1)0 (0.0)3 (1.6)5 (2.8)7 (3.2)18 (1.6)
 None of the above9 (5.7)3 (1.7)3 (1.7)10 (5.2)2 (1.1)13 (5.9)40 (3.6)
When thinking about the coronavirus and its spread since January 2020, do you think…?*
 It is not a big deal22 (13.9)6 (3.4)13 (7.3)11 (5.7)8 (4.5)6 (2.7)66 (6.0)
 It is a big deal to some people. It is not a big deal to me64 (40.5)36 (20.2)48 (26.8)55 (28.6)32 (18.2)48 (21.6)283 (25.6)
 It is a big deal71 (44.9)136 (76.4)118 (65.9)126 (65.6)136 (77.3)167 (75.2)754 (68.2)
When thinking about the risk of coronavirus to you and your family/friends please select the following
 I am worried for myself86 (54.4)118 (66.3)105 (58.7)96 (50.0)94 (53.4)124 (55.9)623 (56.4)
 I am worried for my family121 (76.6)147 (82.6)151 (84.4)152 (79.2)149 (84.7)194 (87.4)914 (82.7)
 I am worried for my friends61 (38.6)108 (60.7)93 (52.0)103 (53.6)93 (52.8)127 (57.2)585 (52.9)
 I am not worried13 (8.2)6 (3.4)13 (7.3)34 (17.7)21 (11.9)22 (9.9)109 (9.9)
Perceived stress score, mean (SD)22.4 (5.8)20.9 (4.5)20.6 (4.3)18.8 (4.3)19.7 (4.0)18.3 (4.4)20.0 (4.7)
In the last month, has your mental health generally*
 Improved a lot23 (14.6)17 (9.6)12 (6.7)4 (2.1)4 (2.3)10 (4.5)70 (6.3)
 Improved a little60 (38.0)36 (20.2)40 (22.3)22 (11.5)37 (21.0)23 (10.4)218 (19.7)
 No different51 (32.3)58 (32.6)68 (38.0)114 (59.4)69 (39.2)120 (54.1)480 (43.4)
 Gotten a little worse17 (10.8)57 (32.0)51 (28.5)45 (23.4)56 (31.8)56 (25.2)282 (25.5)
 Gotten a lot worse6 (3.8)10 (5.6)8 (4.5)7 (3.6)10 (5.7)13 (5.9)54 (4.9)
Over the last month, have your concerns about COVID-19 generally:†
 Increased83 (53.9)107 (60.8)92 (51.4)54 (28.3)66 (37.5)78 (35.1)480 (43.7)
 Remained the same61 (39.6)58 (33.0)70 (39.1)101 (52.9)87 (49.4)121 (54.5)498 (45.4)
 Decreased10 (6.5)11 (6.3)17 (9.5)36 (18.9)23 (13.1)23 (10.4)120 (10.9)
  • *Data missing for two respondents

  • †Data missing for seven respondents