Gun Ownership Rates in the United States

According to the Small Arms Survey, there are an estimated 393,300,000 civilian-held legal and illicit firearms in the United States; that’s 120.5 per 100 residents, higher than any other country.[1]Aaron Karp, “Estimating Global Civilian-Held Firearms Numbers,” smallarmssurvey.org, June 2018

Research out of Georgetown University, found that the “average gun owner owns 5 firearms, and handguns are the most common type of firearm owned. 48.0% of gun owners have owned magazines that hold over 10 rounds, and 30.2% of gun owners — totaling about 24.6 million individuals — have owned an AR-15 or similarly styled rifle.”[2]William English, “2021 National Firearms Survey: English, William, 2021 National Firearms Survey (July 14, 2021). Georgetown McDonough School of Business Research Paper No. 3887145,” … Continue reading

A study by the Pew Research Center found that in 2021, 30% of all adults said they personally owned a gun with a further 11% saying that they don’t personally own a gun, but someone in their household does. Men are more likely than women to own a firearm, as are those aged 30 and over compared to those aged 18-29.[3]Ted Van Green, “Wide Differences on Most Gun Policies Between Gun Owners and Non-Gun Owners, But Also Some Agreement,” pewresearch.org, August 4, 2021

References

References
1 Aaron Karp, “Estimating Global Civilian-Held Firearms Numbers,” smallarmssurvey.org, June 2018
2 William English, “2021 National Firearms Survey: English, William, 2021 National Firearms Survey (July 14, 2021). Georgetown McDonough School of Business Research Paper No. 3887145,” papers.ssrn.com, July 14, 2021
3 Ted Van Green, “Wide Differences on Most Gun Policies Between Gun Owners and Non-Gun Owners, But Also Some Agreement,” pewresearch.org, August 4, 2021