Gun locks help stop suicides; Community initiative seeks to enhance gun storage education

Firearms have long been a part of Utah’s culture. They are also the leading methods used in suicides in the state. It’s a problem that has brought health and safety advocates and the gun advocacy community together to work to prevent these tragedies.

Safe gun storage ensures that guns are inaccessible to youth and other individuals who may be at heightened risk for suicide. Intermountain Healthcare has been working with the Utah Shooting Sports Council to promote proper gun storage education and mechanisms that can potentially save lives.

“Utah gun owners and gun groups are important partners in suicide prevention efforts. By working together we can make a difference in reducing death by suicide and unintentional injury through promoting and enabling safe firearm storage and education. We are friends helping friends,” said Karlee Kump, Intermountain community health specialist.

“As gun owners, we are proud to be part of an effort

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