Apr 27, 2022
This study will measure the risks and benefits of having a handgun in the home for people who reside with handgun owners.
This study aims to produce robust estimates of the “secondhand” risks and benefits of firearm ownership, which will support more informed decisionmaking by policymakers and by current and prospective gun owners.
Research on household-level mortality risk associated with gun ownership rarely differentiates between risk to the gun owner and risk to others who reside with the gun owner—and those others are often women and children. Better accounting of the risks and/or benefits that firearm ownership poses for non-owners could help inform decisions regarding gun ownership and storage, as well as policies aimed at improving gun safety.
David Studdert is professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, and professor of law at Stanford Law School. Dr. Studdert’s scholarship explores how the legal system influences the health and well-being of populations. Since 2013, much of his research has focused on injuries arising from firearms, suicide, and motor vehicle accidents.