saxitoxin wrote:This is from an Australian university so the research may have consisted of a couple roo hunters checking-out their buddies trailer outside Alice Springs while on a beer run, but, for what it's worth ...
The authors conclude with the following statement:
The impact of safe storage laws are consistent with existing research indicating that the guns which are most likely to be used in an accidental shooting are owned by the least law-abiding citizens and thus are least likely to be locked up after the passage of the law. The safe storage laws thus manage to produce no significant change in accidental deaths or suicides and yet still raise crime rates because households with low accidental death risks are now the ones to most likely to obey the law.
This is an issue with implementation and enforcement, not necessarily the idea itself, of course. How strongly the two issues are linked is not something we can necessarily answer with the limited sample size we have of states that have tried this (and many of them were requiring trigger lock type things instead of gun vaults).
What I can say is that we still have a lot of room for improvement before we should dismiss the gun vault idea.