Research in Brief: The ABCs of Unintentional Discharges

Prevention of the unintentional discharge (UD) of firearms is a goal that all law enforcement agencies strive toward. A UD is an “activation of the trigger mechanism that results in an unplanned discharge that is outside of the firearm’s prescribed use.”

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