In 2018, UCFC fielded a first-of-its-kind survey covering a wide range of topics related to firearm ownership, preferences, and practices, and exposure to violence and its consequences in California. This kind of information has not been collected in the state since the 1970s. More than 2,500 California adults responded to the survey and their answers have been weighted to be statistically representative of the adult population of the state.

Below you will find links to the survey findings in peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as corresponding two-page fact sheets. Feel free to download or print these fact sheets for use in your own work.

Firearm Ownership and Acquisition in California: Findings from the 2018 California Safety and Wellbeing Survey (Coming Soon)

We asked Californians if they owned firearms and when, where, and how they got them. An estimated 4.2 million California adults personally own a gun, and an additional 3.1 million live in a home with someone else who does.

Brief_PallinCalifornia Public Opinion On Health Professionals Talking With Patients About Firearms

We asked Californians how appropriate it is for doctors and other health professionals to talk with their patients about gun safety under a variety of circumstances.

View a summary of the results here

Read the complete study in Health Affairs (October 2019).

CSaWS_Brief_SchleimerFirearm Ownership in California: A Latent Class Analysis

We asked people who owned firearms about the types of guns they own, why they own them, and how they store them. Using a statistical technique called Latent Class Analysis, we identified five classes of firearm ownership in California differentiated by these gun ownership-related characteristics.

View a summary of the results here

Read the complete study in Injury Prevention (October 2019).