Magazine article USA TODAY

Women in Dark on Men's Storage Habits

Magazine article USA TODAY

Women in Dark on Men's Storage Habits

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Many couples with small children living at home not only disagree about how they have firearms stored, but about the number and types of guns they possess, shows a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Because of those firearm knowledge and reporting differences, which reflect a form of gender gap, gun safety counseling should be provided at hardware and home improvement stores, workplaces, shooting ranges, sporting events, and other locales men are likely to go, maintain researchers.

"That's because men are more likely to be gun owners, and they are the ones most often responsible for storing weapons," points out Tamera Coyne-Beasley, associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine. "Offering this counseling only in clinical settings such as doctors' offices is likely to be less effective for improving firearm storage practices and creating safer homes since mothers are the ones usually taking their children to the doctor."

Among the findings were that 80% of males--compared with 72% of females--acknowledge that someone in their home owns a gun, Eighty-two percent of men, but only 17% of women, claim they own all the firearms, Eighty percent of men and women report that it is the men's sole responsibility to store the guns. …

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