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Northwestern: Healthcare Providers Can Play a Role in Safe Firearm Storage

A team of Northwestern Medicine investigators found a majority of gun owners in Chicago’s west side neighborhood of Austin, which has high rates of firearm-associated injury and death in the city, favored firearm safety counseling offered in healthcare settings, according to findings published in the Journal of Community Health.

According to fourth-year student and lead study author Ms. Grace Haser, healthcare providers, especially pediatricians, can help restrict unsafe access to firearms and reduce the risk of suicide or accidental injury.

“Healthcare providers can promote safe firearm storage through providing counseling to families. If families must have a gun in the home, it is important that it is stored separately from its ammunition and that it is locked somewhere where kids don’t have and can’t gain access to it,” Ms. Haser said.

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