The presence of firearms in the home may pose lethal dangers to elderly persons, although at present the evidence base regarding this broad topic is poorly developed. Many geriatric persons may have firearms available to them in their homes. Even those with memory impairment often have access to firearms, most of which are unlocked and with readily available ammunition (2). Geriatric persons are more likely than younger people to suffer self-inflicted (either accidental or intentional) gunshot wounds, especially to the head. Use of firearms has become the most common suicide method for both geriatric men and women. To safeguard these persons as well as the rest of the population, a public health approach to preventing gun violence, with physician engagement as a central element, is essential (3).