Firearm Ownership among LGBT Adults in California

Elizabeth A. Tomsich, Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, Rocco Pallin, Garen J. Wintemute

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Although firearm ownership increases the risk for violent injury or death, information on ownership among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults remains scant. This study presents results from the first, detailed state-specific examination of firearm ownership among LGBT adult residents of California. Approximately 8.0% (confidence interval [95% CI]: 5.7-11.1) of LGBT respondents personally owned one or more firearms and 7.9% (95% CI: 5.29-11.65) lived in a household with a firearm owner, resulting in a total household ownership rate of 15.9% (95% CI: 12.3-20.2). Most LGBT owners owned a single firearm for purposes of self-protection; almost one in three reported carrying a loaded handgun in the prior month. Findings may inform the development of violence prevention strategies targeted to LGBT firearm owners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalViolence and Gender
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Firearms
  • Ownership
  • Sexual and gender minorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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