More than 60% of US military suicides occur at home and involve a firearm. Nearly all military firearm suicides (95%) involve a personally owned firearm. Nonmilitary data indicate that the risk of suicide is 6 times higher in households with a firearm, although this risk may be reduced if the firearms are kept unloaded and/or locked. Because attempts using firearms have very high fatality rates, safe firearm storage practices could be an important component of comprehensive suicide prevention in the military. This study examined associations of firearm ownership and storage practices with suicidal thoughts and behaviors among military personnel.
JAMA Network Open
Bryan, C. J.,
Bryan, A. O.,
Anestis, M. D.,
(2019). Firearm Availability and Storage Practices Among Military Personnel Who Have Thought About Suicide. JAMA Network Open, 2(8), 1-5.
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