College student gun owners are more likely than those who do not own guns to engage in activities that put themselves and others at risk for severe or life-threatening injuries, including reckless behavior involving alcohol, driving while intoxicated, and suffering an alcohol-related injury.1

One study found that two-thirds of gun-owning college students engage in binge drinking, and are more likely than unarmed college students to drink “frequently and excessively” and then engage in risky activities such as driving under the influence of alcohol and vandalizing property.2

Approximately 9 out of 10 college students who were victims of violent crime were victimized off campus.3 Firearms were used in only 9% of all violent crimes against college students over the period 1995-2002.4

Fewer than 2% of students reported being threatened with a gun while at college.5

  1. Matthew Miller, David Hemenway & Henry Wechsler, Guns at College, 48 J. Am. C. Health 7, 9 (1999). ⤴︎
  2. Matthew Miller, David Hemenway & Henry Wechsler, Guns and Gun Threats at College, 51 J. Am. C. Health 57, 63 (Sept. 2002). ⤴︎
  3. Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, National Crime Victimization Survey – Violent Victimization of College Students, 1995-2002 1, 5 (Jan. 2005), at ⤴︎
  4. Id. at 5. ⤴︎
  5. Miller et al., supra note 2, at 63. ⤴︎