Accidental Firearm
Fact Sheet
In 2000, 174 children (0-18) in the United States died from unintentional firearm-related injuries. Unintentional injuries are usually caused when children play with guns or are hunting.

Unintentional injuries from firearms represent less than two percent of all firearm deaths in the U.S. But of this two percent, children and adolescents are involved in 55% of these deaths. The majority of the injuries occur to children playing with or showing the weapons to friends. The easy availability of firearms is believed to be the number one risk factor for unintentional firearm deaths.
Major Risk Factors
  • Easy availability of and access to firearms.
  • Youth living in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, social isolation and family violence.
  • Youth with little or no adult supervision.
Records Needed for Case Review
  • Scene investigation reports
  • Police and crime lab reports
  • CPS histories on family, child and perpetrators
  • Names, ages and genders of other children in home
  • Ballistics information on firearms
  • Prior crime records in neighborhood
  • Juvenile and criminal records of teen and perpetrators
  • Interviews with witnesses
  • Information from gang squad