Gun owners care about safety as much as they did 20 years ago, study finds
By Christen Smith
A study published last week concluded gun owners care just as much about formal safety training as they did 20 years ago.
Six out of 10 gun owners report receiving formal firearm safety training, according to researchers at the University of Washington — a rate unchanged since the last study of its type conducted 23 years ago.
“There is very little research about the content of formal firearm-training programs, or even about the percentage of U.S. adults who have ever received formal firearm training,” lead author Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, an associate professor of epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, told News Beat last week. “Before our study, the most recent estimates of the proportion of adult firearm owners with formal firearm training in the United States came from surveys conducted in 1994.”
Two decades later, manufacturing produces twice as many firearms and four times as many handguns each year for consumption. Conflicting reports abound about the rate of gun ownership in America, though the more prevalent narrative suggests gun owners are shrinking overall, with CBS News declaring the level hit an all-time low last year of just 36 percent. A Gallup poll placed the gun ownership rate at 39 percent that