Gun ownership common among assault victims

In a survey of young people aged 14–24 years presenting to emergency departments with assault injuries, researchers found 23% possessed firearms.

The vast majority (83%) of the weapons were not obtained from legal sources and 22% were automatic or semi-automatic weapons, the researchers found.

Young people who had guns  were more likely to have been in serious fights and to endorse aggressive attitudes increasing their risk of retaliatory violence.