Colorado researchers map places to temporarily store guns in effort to prevent suicides
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A new online map has identified Colorado locations to store firearms outside homes and away from those who may harm themselves or others.
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus faculty members, gun shop owners, firearms trainers, and the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition collaborated on the project.
The map includes 62 storage locations including law enforcement agencies and gun shops, with plans to add more as they are identified.
Contact information is listed for each site, where owners voluntarily store firearms.
Officials say suicide prevention is the program’s primary purpose due to a proven link between suicide deaths and the accessibility of guns stored in homes.
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