Almost half of Kentuckians report firearm around home; children are present in more than 4 in 10 homes that have firearms

According to the 2011 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), more than 4 in 10 Kentucky adults (45 percent) reported keeping firearms around their home, including in a garage, outdoor storage area or motor vehicle. This means that an estimated 750,000 Kentucky homes have firearms. More than 3 in 10 adults (35 percent) with firearms in or around their home keep their guns loaded. This means an estimated 250,000 Kentucky homes have loaded firearms. One-fifth of adults (20 percent) with firearms in or around their home keep their guns unlocked as well as loaded. This means an estimated 148,000 Kentucky homes have loaded and unlocked firearms. KHIP, conducted annually, identifies what residents think about various health issues that affect communities, the state and the nation. It is jointly funded by The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.                           

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