Colorado ranks 11th in the nation for deaths by suicide, 50 percent of which occur via firearms.
A new initiative by the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition identifies 62 locations around Colorado that will temporarily store firearms for gun owners. The Coalition is a collaboration between researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health, members of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, gun shop owners and firearms instructors concerned with fighting suicide in Colorado.
The locations identified by the Coalition, primarily law enforcement offices and gun shops, are presented on a map to make it easy to find a nearby location to take firearms when a person deems it necessary. Temporary storage is a good option for those traveling out of state and wanting to keep their firearms secure while they are away, parents of teenagers in crisis and at risk for suicide, grandparents with grandkids visiting, couples in the midst of divorce engaging in heated arguments or family members of those experiencing mental health or substance use concerns.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 30