Accidental Firearm

Fact Sheet

In 2012, 78 children (0-17) in the United States died from unintentional firearm-related injuries. Unintentional injuries from firearms represent less than two percent of all firearm deaths in the U.S., but made up 24% of firearm related deaths inn 2012 among children ages 0 – 14. Guns are in more than one-third of all US households, and most firearm incidents occur when children are playing with weapons or showing them 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

Resources