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Seattle residents least likely in King County to report having a gun in or around their homes


In a telephone survey, adult King County residents were asked about whether they kept a gun such as a pistol, shotgun, or rifle in or around their home, including their car or other motor vehicle. For 2012, 2013, and 2015, an average of 23% of all respondents reported having a gun in or around their home.  Those who reported having a gun in or around their home were also asked about their gun storage practices. Among those with guns, 32% stored their guns loaded, 49% stored them unlocked, and 17% of those with guns stored them both loaded and unlocked.  

  • Region and city/neighborhood: The likelihood of a resident having a gun at home varied widely. Seattleites (14%) were less likely to have a gun at home than South (29%), North (27%), or East (24%) King County residents. On the city/neighborhood level, a group of mostly contiguous areas in east and south King County had rates higher than the county average: Covington/Maple Valley, Newcastle/Four Creeks, Snoqualmie/North Bend/Skykomish, Black Diamond/Enumclaw/SE County, East Federal Way, Auburn — North, Des Moines/Normandy Park and Bear Creek/Carnation/Duvall.  
  • Gender: Men were more likely than women to report having a gun in or around their home (28% and 18%, respectively).
  • Age: 25-44 year olds were less likely than older King County residents to report having a gun, at 18%.
  • Race/ethnicity: Some racial and ethnic groups were less likely than King County residents overall to have a gun at home, including Asian (11%), Black/African American (10%), and Hispanic/Latino (11%) respondents. White respondents (26%) were more likely to have a gun at home.
  • Income: People living in higher-income households were more likely to have a gun at home. Those in households with more than $50,000 of income (27%) were twice as likely to have guns compared to those in households with less than $25,000 (13%).

Source: Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, supported in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cooperative Agreement U58/DP006066-01 (2015).

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