How many firearms do we have in the US? The answer varies greatly by state, but a national survey conducted by the ATF found that there are around 92 million firearms owned by civilians, including handguns, rifles, shotguns, and assault weapons. The survey also found that a quarter of households in the U.S. own a firearm, with the average gun owner owning three.
Several studies have found that about 32% of American adults own a firearm, and that number increases when family members also own a gun. Gallup has found that about 44% of American households are gun owners, and that the number is even higher if the gun-owning family members own a gun. In fact, the U.S. has about 1/3 of all civilian guns in the world, and this number keeps increasing.
The Uvalde school shooting, which left 19 fourth-graders and two adults dead, has reignited the debate over firearms in the United States. The Uvalde massacre was just the latest in a series of deadly mass shootings that has been happening in schools across the country. And, in the case of Uvalde, the perpetrator allegedly stole the guns from one of his or her relatives. While these types of incidents get the most attention, they are not the primary cause of firearm deaths in the U.S.
A recent study from the Boston University School of Public Health found a connection between gun ownership and homicide rates. Meanwhile, sales of guns are increasing ahead of the 2020 presidential election, with estimates that the total sales of firearms will exceed those for the entire year. In August 2020, gun sales will exceed those of the previous year. If that happens, it could spell a dangerous turn for gun ownership in the United States. But before the next presidential election, the gun-owning population will be even larger, analysts believe.
The survey also revealed that most men, especially white males, have fired a gun at some point. That figure is higher among white men, while black men and Hispanics are much less likely. A majority of urban residents have fired a gun at some point in their lives. Only a minority of those who never owned a gun in the past say they would consider owning a gun in the future. So, how many firearms are in the US?
The study also found a strong relationship between gun ownership and racial or ethnic identity. White males own nearly three-fourths of the country’s firearms, while non-whites own just one-fourth. Gun deaths among children are highest among white males, and black and Hispanic males own the least firearms, according to the Gun Violence Archive. And there are significant differences between the political parties.
While the reason behind gun ownership is different for men and women, both sexes tend to cite protection as their top concern. Men are more likely to own a firearm than women, and their reasons are often related to hunting and sport shooting. This may be the reason for the increased number of guns in the US, but it is still not the only factor. While firearm ownership is a popular hobby among young adults, it is also a great source of pride for many gun owners.