Year: 2010 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.40, no.6, (December 2010), p.609-611 SIEC No: 20110125

The source of firearms used in adolescent suicides was examined using data from the National Violent Injury Statistics System. Data represent the 63 firearms suicides among youth, less than 18 years of age, that occurred in 2001 or 2002 in 1 of 4 states (Connecticut, Maine, Utah, Wisconsin) or 2 metropolitan counties (San Francisco, California; Allegheny County, Pennsylvania). Four-fifths of the suicides took place in the decedents’ homes, and – when the firearm owner was known – most of the firearms were owned by parents. Findings replicate results from previous research & highlight the importance of limiting youth access to firearms. (6 refs.) JA