Gun Suicide by Young People in California: Descriptive Epidemiology and Gun Ownership

Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher: Journal of Adolescent Health

Author(s): Mona A. Wright; Garen J. Wintemute; Barbara E. Claire

Research Area: Social conditions

Keywords: suicide; firearms; ownership; adolescene

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This report studies the 336 firearm suicides that occurred in California during the period of 1997–1999 that involved persons under the age of 21. It finds that the gun used was most often owned by the victim or a family member living in the victim’s household. The study also discusses prevention efforts that should focus on gun ownership and accessibility.