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    Research Letter
    Health Policy
    April 22, 2020

    State Regulations Governing Firearms in Early Care and Education Settings in the US

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
    JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(4):e203321. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.3321

    Preventing firearm-related injuries in young children is a public health priority. Firearm fatalities are the third leading cause of injury-related deaths in US children, and firearms within the family home put children at risk.1 Practices to mitigate this risk include storing firearms locked and unloaded, with ammunition also locked and stored separately. However, fewer than 50% of gun owners reported at least 1 safe storage practice, although households with children more often reported engaging in safe storage practices.2 Despite this, approximately 20% of gun-owning households with children stored firearms in an unsafe manner (ie, loaded and unlocked).3

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