(HealthDay) – Half of senior gun owners have a gun ownership transfer plan after death and even fewer have a gun ownership transfer plan in the event of impairment. This is evident from an online research letter published October 6 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Marian E. Betz, MD, MPH of the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus at Aurora, and colleagues used data from the second online National Firearms Survey (conducted July 30 to August 11, 2019) to predict the frequency of advance planning to be assessed by the elderly Gun owners (≥ 65 years of age) must pass their firearms on to another person if they can no longer handle them safely or if they die.
The researchers found that roughly a fifth of older gun owners had a plan to secure, remove, or transfer firearms when they were no longer able to use them safely. These plans were unwritten more often than written (16.1 percent versus 5.6 percent). Almost half of those surveyed had a plan to transfer firearms to someone after death, either in writing (22.5 percent) or unwritten (25.4 percent).
“Informed by this work, trusted messengers – whether from the medical, legal, firearms, or other communities – can help prevent firearm injuries by helping with contingency planning for firearm retirement,” the authors write.
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