Preventing Violent Deaths
From 2009-2013, there were 1,527 firearm deaths in Utah. Of these:
- 87% were suicides
- 9% were homicides
- 2% were were due to legal intervention, meaning an individual was killed by a law enforcement officer
- 1% were undetermined
- Less than 1% were accidental
Gun Safety Tips
Owning a gun is a right. Protecting children is a responsibility. Prevent suicide and accidental injury by storing guns and ammunition safely. Talk to your children and their caregivers about gun safety.
- Store guns and ammunition safely. Make sure guns are stored in a locked location, unloaded, and out of the reach and sight, especially from children.
- Store ammunition separately, also store ammunication out of reach and
sight of kids.
Call for help if you or a loved one is suicidal. Help is available 24/7 by calling the UNI CrisisLine at 801-587-3000 or the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- If you or another person living in your home is suicidal, immediately remove guns from the home. Ask a trusted friend or family member to store them until you or your loved one can get the help needed.
- Make sure all guns are equipped with effective, child-resistant gun locks. Keep keys and combinations hidden. There are many options for firearm locks, including cable locks, trigger locks, personalized locks, lock boxes, and gun vaults or safes. Leaving guns on a nightstand, table, or other place where a child can gain access may lead to injuries or death.
- Talk to your kids. Explain how a gun your kids might see on television or in a video game is different from a gun in real life. Teach kids not to touch a gun and to immediately tell an adult if
they see one.
- Talk to relatives and friends who your kids may visit. Ask them if they have guns in their home. Have a conversation with other family members and the parents of your children’s friends about safe gun storage practices.
- Dispose of guns you don't need. If yous decide you no longer need to have a gun in the home, consult with community law enforcement on how to dispose of it in a safe way.