New FACTS Study shows Parents’ Increased Purchasing of Firearms during Pandemic provides Access to Teens with Depression

A new study released by the Firearms Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) Consortium shows that not only did parents of teens purchase more firearms during the pandemic, but that 1 in 7 of the households purchasing a gun included a teen with depression. Led by Wayne State’s Dr. Rebeccah Sokol, the study revealed not only the increased firearms purchasing activity during the pandemic, but also brings implications for greater focus on safe firearms storage for injury prevention. It was published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Read more about the study in the Michigan Health Lab report, that includes comments by IPC Director Dr. Patrick Carter and core faculty Dr. Marc Zimmerman, who are both co-authors of the article and co-Directors of the new U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention.