Gun Ownership Statistics & Demographics
Statistic Verification
Source: Gallup Inc, Gun Owners of America
Research Date: October 2nd, 2014
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.
Year Percent Ownership  
2014 34 %
2011 36 %
2010 39 %
2009 40%
2007 42%
2005 40 %
2004 38 %
2003 43 %
2002 34 %
2000 32 %
1998 35 %
1996 40 %
1994 41 %
1993 42 %
1991 40 %
1990 43 %
1989 46 %
1988 40 %
1987 46 %
1985 44 %
1984 45 %
1982 45 %
1980 48 %
1977 51 %
1976 47 %
1974 46 %
1973 47 %
National Gun Ownership (2010) 39 %
Sex  
Male 43 %
Female 35 %
Race  
White 44 %
Non White 27 %
Black 27 %
Age  
18 – 29 31 %
30 – 49 40 %
50 – 64 45 %
50 + 42 %
65+ 38 %
Education  
College Post Graduate 30 %
College Graduate 37 %
Some College 41 %
High School Graduate or Less 42 %
Income  
$75,000 47 %
$50,000 49 %
$30,000 44 %
Region  
East 22 %
Midwest 39 %
South 50 %
West 37 %
Politics  
Republican 49 %
Democrat 35 %
Independant 35 %
Ideology  
Conservative 49 %
Moderate 37 %
Liberal 22 %
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