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Table 3 Unintentional firearm deaths (16 states, 2005 to 2015): Percentage of cases with specific circumstances by victim age (N = 1260)

From: Unintentional firearm deaths in the United States 2005–2015

  Victim Age
  0–9 10–19 20–29 30–39 40–49 50–59 60+ ALL
Playing with guna 63.8% 42.8% 36.6% 24.6% 4.3% 1.7% 4.2% 28.3%
Thought unloadeda 10.1% 26.8% 24.5% 18.2% 6.4% 8.3% 10.1% 17.2%
Huntinga 3.6% 14.7% 9.3% 15.5% 16.4% 22.5% 17.5% 13.8%
 Big gameb 0.7% 6.5% 4.7% 8.2% 5.7% 5.0% 4.8% 5.2%
 Small gameb 1.5% 2.9% 1.6% 0.9% 3.6% 4.2% 7.9% 3.3%
 Unclassifiedb 1.5% 6.9% 3.9% 6.4% 7.9% 14.2% 5.8% 6.3%
Loading or cleaninga 5.1% 13.1% 13.2% 10.9% 14.3% 20.0% 17.5% 13.5%
Fell or dropped gunb 7.3% 4.9% 3.5% 6.4% 7.1% 10.0% 7.9% 6.2%
Suspected alcohola 0.0% 14.9% 46.8% 38.6% 27.5% 14.1% 11.3% 22.7%
  1. aThese variables are predefined in the NVDRS
  2. bThese variables were defined by searching for key words and then reviewing the narratives