Fatal Firearms Accidents Fall 17 Percent

The National Safety Council’s “Injury Facts—2017 Edition” shows that the number of fatal firearms accidents dropped 17 percent from 2014 to 2015, to 489, the lowest total since record-keeping began in 1903. That’s about three-tenths of 1 percent of the 146,571 total accidental deaths from all other listed causes, which are up 8 percent from 2014 to 2015. The decrease, which was the largest percentage decline of any category, came in a year that saw record firearms sales to many millions of Americans.

“This latest release shows that the vast majority of the 100 million American firearms owners meet the serious responsibilities that come with firearms ownership,” said NSSF president and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They store their firearms safely and securely, and follow the basic rules of firearms safety when handling them. The educational programs sponsored by the firearms industry and safety instructors nationwide, such as the NSSF’s Project ChildSafe, are also part of the reason for this ever–downward trend.”