Guns and gun threats at college

J Am Coll Health. 2002 Sep;51(2):57-65. doi: 10.1080/07448480209596331.


A random sample of more than 10,000 undergraduate students, selected from 119 4-year colleges, answered a mailed questionnaire about gun possession and gun threats. Approximately 4.3% of the students reported that they had a working firearm at college, and 1.6% of them have been threatened with a gun while at school. Students are more likely to have a firearm at college and to be threatened with a gun while at college if they are male, live off campus, binge drink, engage in risky and aggressive behavior after drinking, and attend institutions in regions of the United States where household firearm prevalence is high. Having a firearm for protection is also strongly associated with being threatened with a gun while at college. Students who reported having firearms at college disproportionately reported that they engaged in behaviors that put themselves and others at risk for injury.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Firearms / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Odds Ratio
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Students
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Survival Analysis
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Universities
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / epidemiology*