Gun Safety Statistics

As a hunter education instructor in Georgia for about the last 20 years, I have been able to observe the firearm and gun safety statistics during this time. Many people believe firearms and hunting to be extremely dangerous.

Based on the statistics, I disagree. The following statistics are courteousy the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. They concern hunting/gun accidents from the year 1995-96 to 2006-07.shooting accidents

In order for the data to be meaningful to the reader, one must consider the number of hunters handling firearms per number of days per hunting season. Usually, Georgia has about one million hunters who hunt an average of five days annually. This means that, for example, in the year 2006-07, out of 5 million chances, there were no fatalities related to firearms and hunting.

If one were to examine the entire statistics presented in this chart, there were 50 million days that hunters handled firearms. Out of these ten years, there were only 34 fatal accidents. This can be extrapolated to represent that there is only a 0.000068% chance that one will be erroneously injured while using firearms during hunting.