Pediatrics study presented in Orlando reinforces importance of gun safety measures

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Child gun injuries and deaths have been on the rise, according to a study presented in Orlando on Sunday at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition.

The report found that hospitalizations from gunshot wounds increased from 4,270 to 7.730 between 1997 and 2009, with handguns being the most common culprit. States where greater numbers of people report having unlocked firearms saw greater rates of gun accidents.

These stats point to the importance of gun owners adhering strictly to safety measures, namely keeping all firearms unloaded and locked with bullets stored separately, and keys out of reach of children.