Definition: A firearm injury is a gunshot wound or penetrating injury from a weapon that uses a powder charge to fire a projectile. It can be unintentional (accidental firing without intention), intentionally self-inflicted (suicide), interpersonal violence (homicide or assault), legal intervention (injury inflicted by the police or other law enforcement agents acting in the line of duty), or undetermined intent (injury where there is insufficient information to determine intent type).
Between 2016 and 2019, an average of 13,330 children and adolescents ages 19 and under died due to firearm-related injuries (Source: CDC WISQARS).
Reducing firearm-related injuries require comprehensive prevention strategies. Best practices include:
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS), Fatal Injury Reports, 2016-2019.