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More American Parents of Teens are Purchasing Firearms During the Pandemic

July 30, 2021

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U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention co-director and co-author of the paper Patrick Carter discusses research that finds that one in seven households that purchased a gun also had a depressed teen living with them. Carter highlights the importance in educating families on firearm safety to “reduce the potential risks to their children,” and ultimately reduce firearm injury and death by promoting safer storage practices. The faculty expert notes the increased purchase in firearms, especially during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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