Gun Ownership Statistics & Demographics
Statistic Verification
Source: Gallup Inc, Gun Owners of America
Research Date: March 3rd, 2015

A national representative household telephone survey of over 2750 adults conducted in 2004 found that 38% of households (45% of men and 11% of women) reported owning at least one firearm. Almost half (48%) of gun owners report owning four or more guns with a few possessing large numbers of guns; 64% of gun owners own at least one handgun. Gun ownership remains widespread, but a smaller percentage of gun owners possess an increasing percentage of the gun stock.

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YearPercent Ownership 
201434 %
201136 %
201039 %
200940%
200742%
200540 %
200438 %
200343 %
200234 %
200032 %
199835 %
199640 %
199441 %
199342 %
199140 %
199043 %
198946 %
198840 %
198746 %
198544 %
198445 %
198245 %
198048 %
197751 %
197647 %
197446 %
197347 %
National Gun Ownership34 %
Sex 
Male37 %
Female31 %
Race 
White37 %
Non White32 %
Black33 %
Age 
18 – 2931 %
30 – 4940 %
50 – 6445 %
50 +42 %
65+38 %
Education 
College Post Graduate30 %
College Graduate37 %
Some College41 %
High School Graduate or Less42 %
Income 
$75,00047 %
$50,00049 %
$30,00044 %
Region 
East22 %
Midwest39 %
South50 %
West37 %
Politics 
Republican49 %
Democrat35 %
Independant35 %
Ideology 
Conservative49 %
Moderate37 %
Liberal22 %

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