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Living in Vermont—a very rural state with a large hunting culture—means that guns are everywhere, and they are not always stored safely. In Vermont, 88% of gun deaths are by suicide, and we know the devastating impact this has on the community. The prevalence of guns, combined with the mental health challenges as a result of the pandemic, are leading to tragic shootings across the country and specifically in Vermont. 88% In Vermont, 88% of all gun deaths are suicides. Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, “EveryStat: Vermont,” https://everystat.org/#Vermont. Last updated: 2.17.2022 Secure storage—meaning storing guns unloaded, locked, and separate…

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