Colorado researchers map places to temporarily store guns in effort to prevent suicides |

Colorado researchers map places to temporarily store guns in effort to prevent suicides

Researchers have identified 62 out-of-home gun storage locations in the state

Jessica Seaman
The Denver Post
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In an effort to prevent suicides, local researchers at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus have identified 62 locations in the state where a person can temporarily store their firearms outside of the home during a mental health crisis.

Of those, 15 are law enforcement agencies and 47 are gun shops, according to a news release.

Faculty with the Colorado School of Public Health and the CU School of Medicine created an online map of those locations that can be used for residents looking for a place to temporarily store their guns.

“When someone is at risk of suicide, temporarily storing a gun away from the home is the safest option,” said Sara Brandspigel, assistant director for the program for injury prevention, education and research at the School of Public Health.

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