TABLE 2-1 Selected Sources of Firearm Data

Title of Data Set

Sponsoring Agency

Information Available

Firearm-Related Injury/Death

National Vital Statistics System—Final Mortality Data (NVSSF)

National Center for Health Statistics/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Includes total numbers of firearm related deaths; death rates from homicide, suicide, unintentional, and undetermined shootings broken out by age, race, and sex

National Vital Statistics System—Current Mortality Sample (NVSS)

National Center for Health Statistics/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Provides data on selected major causes of death, as well as sex, race, age, date of death, state in which death occurred

National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Data on violent deaths linked from medical examiners and coroners, police departments, death certificates, and crime labs; would include circumstances of firearm-related incidents

National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI)

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Complete count of all work-related injury fatalities; includes job-related homicides broken out by weapon

Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOH)

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Includes information on circumstances surrounding firearm-related injuries in the workplace

National Traumatic Occupational Fatality Surveillance System (NTOF)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Includes narrative text on industry, occupation, cause of death, and injury data on age, race, and sex; includes numbers and rates of firearm-related homicides, suicides, and other deaths occurring at work

National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Program (NEISSAIP)

U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission

Includes intentional and nonintentional nonfatal firearm-related injuries by gender, age, type of injury, type of gun, and nature of incident

National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS)

National Center for Health Statistics

Injury visits to hospital emergency departments, including those caused by firearms

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