Gun Retailers’ Willingness to Provide Gun Storage for Suicide Prevention

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Gun Retailers’ Willingness to Provide Gun Storage for Suicide Prevention

Category: Suicide|Journal: American Journal of Health Behavior (full text)|Author: A Brooks-Russell, C Runyan, G Tung, L Pierpoint, M Betz, S Brandspigel|Year: 2019


We examined factors grounded in the theory of planned behavior that influence gun retailers’ willingness to provide temporary, voluntary firearm storage for suicide prevention.


We conducted a cross-sectional survey of gun retailers in the US mountain west. Analyses included descriptive statistics and ordered logistic regression.


Ninety-five gun retailers responded to the survey (25% response rate) and 67.6% (95% CI: 59.6, 75.6) stated that they would be very or somewhat likely to provide temporary gun storage. Firearm retailers who agreed with the statements: “Our store can be an important part of the effort to improve gun safety in my community” (OR: 1.86, 95% CI: 1.1, 3.14) and that offering storage provided “The chance to be seen as a positive member of the community” (OR: 1.49, 95% CI: 1.00, 2.22) were more likely to state that they would be willing to provide storage.


Firearm retailers are potentially important storage partners for means safety and suicide prevention efforts. Additional research and practice innovations are needed to assess gun retailers’ willingness to provide gun storage and partner on suicide prevention efforts in other geographic regions.