Who Owns Guns in America?

Updated February 23, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

The Question:

What is the percent of U.S. households that own guns?

The Answer:

A Gallup poll quoted by the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics asked U.S. residents the following question:

Do you have a gun in your home?

In 2010, 39% of respondents answered "yes." The figure has been fluctuating between 38% and 42% in polls taken since 2000, and has ranged between 36% and 51% since polling began in 1959.

This figure depends on people answering honestly; the National Rifle Association claims that a more accurate current figure is almost half of U.S. households.

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-The Fact Monster

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