Timothy Kelly, BA; Sara Brandspigel, MPH; Evan Polzer, MA; Marian E. Betz, MD, MPH
Acknowledgment: The authors thank Carol Runyan, Ashley Brooks-Russell, participating gun retailers and LEAs, and members of the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition.
Disclosures: Authors have disclosed no conflicts of interest. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M19-2944.
Corresponding Author: Timothy Kelly, BA, 2154 North Lafayette Street, Denver, CO 80205; e-mail, email@example.com.
Current Author Addresses: Mr. Kelly: 2154 North Lafayette Street, Denver, CO 80205.
Ms. Brandspigel: Colorado School of Public Health, 13001 East 17th Place, Mail Stop B119, Aurora, CO 80045.
Mr. Polzer and Dr. Betz: University of Colorado School of Medicine, 12469 East 17th Place, Mail Stop F423, Aurora, CO 80045.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: S. Brandspigel, E. Polzer, M.E. Betz.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: E. Polzer.
Drafting of the article: T. Kelly, E. Polzer.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: S. Brandspigel, M.E. Betz.
Final approval of the article: T. Kelly, S. Brandspigel, E. Polzer, M.E. Betz.
Obtaining of funding: M.E. Betz.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: T. Kelly, S. Brandspigel, E. Polzer, M.E. Betz.
Collection and assembly of data: T. Kelly, S. Brandspigel, E. Polzer.
Online map of Colorado locations willing to consider voluntary, temporary firearm storage.
Circles with a badge represent law enforcement agencies (LEAs). Circles with an armed person represent firearm retailers or ranges. Circles with a target represent other storage locations (e.g., safe deposit box sites). To identify firearm retailers, we purchased a Dun & Bradstreet state registry and supplemented it with a Google Maps search for gun shop(s), firearms, armory, shooting range, and firing range. We called each identified retailer twice during business hours. If the telephone number was disconnected, we sought alternate contact information from Federal Firearms Licensee listings and Web searches. We excluded national chain retailers and pawn shops not included in the purchased registry. To identify LEAs, we purchased a National Public Safety Information Bureau state registry. We contacted LEAs primarily via e-mail. In all telephone or e-mail conversations, we asked if the contact provides (or would consider providing) temporary, voluntary firearm storage on request. For those responding yes, we asked if they were willing to be listed on an online map intended to be used by persons in times of suicide crisis, among other reasons. We explained that inclusion in the map was nonbinding and that they could still consider requests on a case-by-case basis. Over approximately 100 hours between June and August 2019, we contacted 471 firearm retailers or businesses (274 identified via Google Maps searches) and 215 LEAs. Among contacted sites, 171 firearm retailers and 42 LEAs did not offer storage or declined to be listed; the remainder could not be reached. The online map was built with publicly accessible Google Maps software. The project did not meet the definition of human subjects research and therefore did not require the approval of an institutional review board. (Map data from Google.)
Kelly T, Brandspigel S, Polzer E, et al. Firearm Storage Maps: A Pragmatic Approach to Reduce Firearm Suicide During Times of Risk. Ann Intern Med. 2020;:. [Epub ahead of print 21 January 2020]. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/M19-2944
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