Gun ownership in the U.S.

A couple of charts provide some statistical context.

Pew conducted an extensive survey in March-April 2017.

Here are some of the key findings.


Roughly 1 in 3 American adults currently own a gun.

40% live in a household that has at least one gun owner.



In addition to the 30% of American adults who own a gun, 36% “could see owning a gun in the future”.

Said differently, about 2 of 3 Americans are inclined towards gun ownership.



Digging a bit deeper …


Roughly half of American adults grew up in a household with guns present … 3 in 4 Americans have shot a gun … 59% hang  out with gun owners.



2 in 3 gun owners say that they own their guns primarily for protection.



Gun owners and non-owners comparably agree that speech, voting, privacy and religion are rights.

They split on the right to own guns … only 1 in 3 non-owners think that owning guns is a right.



P.S. Note that about 10% do not think that voting, privacy and religion are rights.

Maybe more folks should glance at the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

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One Response to “Gun ownership in the U.S.”

  1. Dan Fishman Says:

    I am curious to see if people differ not on any type of weapon ownership, but the type of weapon (Any type of rifle is allowed vs restricting rapid fire, magazines vs single shot, etc)

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