Airgun injuries in New Zealand, 1979-92

Inj Prev. 1996 Jun;2(2):114-7. doi: 10.1136/ip.2.2.114.


Objectives: To describe the epidemiology of serious airgun injury in New Zealand.

Methods: Cases were selected from the New Zealand Health Information Service's hospital inpatient morbidity data files for the period 1979 to 1992 inclusive.

Results: There were 718 airgun related injuries resulting in 1.56 injuries/100,000 population/year. Males and 10-14 year olds had higher than average rates of injury. The majority of the incidents were unintentional. There has been a marked decline in injury rates since 1989.

Conclusions: Airgun injuries, while not as serious as powder firearm injuries, account for a significant personal and societal burden. The results suggest that strategies aimed at controlling these injuries, especially those pertaining to children, are in need of review.

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Firearms*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Male
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data
  • Wounds, Gunshot / epidemiology*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / prevention & control