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42 Percent of American Households Are Gun-Owning

42 Percent of American Households Are Gun-Owning
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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:36 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Forty-two percent of Americans live in a gun-owning household.[1]

Data from the Pew Research Center suggests a strong geographic divide. Among rural residents, 58 percent live in a household with a gun. That’s double the 29 percent rate in urban settings. In between are the suburbs at 41 percent.

Also, residents in the Northeast are far less likely to live in a gun-owning household than the rest of the country. In the Northeast, just 27 percent do so. In the Midwest, that total is 44 percent in the South, it’s 45 percent; and it’s 46 percent in the West.

Not surprisingly, since these geographic differences are similar to partisan differences, there is also a huge partisan divide on the issue. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans live in a gun-owning household as do 48 percent of Independents. Among Democrats, just 25 percent live in such a home.

Men (39 percent) are more likely than women (22 percent ) to personally own a gun. However, they are just about equally likely to live in a gun-owning household.

Most (52 percent) of those who do not own a gun could see themselves owning one in the future.

Regardless of whether or not they own a gun, 72 percent of Americans have fired a gun at some point in their life.

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Footnotes:

Pew Research Center, "America’s Complex Relationship With Guns," June 22, 2017

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