18. - Evaluate and assess public safety risks and risk liability associated with shooting and hunting, commensurate and consistent with other public land recreational activities

Assessment of Status: Complete

In 2011, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, compiled data showing a misconception shared by many that hunting is unsafe. In fact, the data showed hunting to amongst the safest recreational activities. For example, hunting with firearms has an injury rate of 0.05 percent, which equates to about 1 injury per 2,000 participants, a safety level bettered only by camping (.01 percent) and billiards (.02 percent). For comparison, golf has an injury rate of 0.16 percent (1 injury per 622 participants), while tackle football topped the list of activities with an injury rate of 5.27 percent (1 injury per 19 participants).

The number of hunters who went into the field in 2010, was estimated at 16.3 million. Of that total, approximately 8,122 sustained injuries, or 50 per 100,000 participants. The vast majority of hunting accidents--more than 6,600--were tree stand-related. It's not just in the hunting fields that firearms are being used safely either.

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