Gun ownership in the U.S. 1972-2019

The statistic shows the percentage of households in the United States which own firearms from 1972 to 2019. In 2019, about 37 percent of U.S. households had at least one gun in possession.

Additional information on firearms in the United States

Firearms command a higher degree of cultural significance in the United States than any other country in the world. Since the inclusion of the right to bear arms in the second amendment to the constitution of the United States, firearms have held symbolic power beyond their already obvious material power. Despite many Americans being proud gun-owners a large movement exists within the country in opposition to the freedom afforded to those in possession of these potentially deadly weapons.

Those opposed to current gun regulation have sourced their anger from the large number of deaths due to firearms in the country, as well as the high frequency of gun violence apparent in comparison the other developed countries. Furthermore, the United States has fallen victim to a number of mass shootings in the last two decades most of which have raised questions over the ease at which a person can obtain a firearm. Although this movement holds a significant position in the public political discourse of the United States, meaningful change in regards to the legislation dictating the ownership of firearms has not occurred. Critics have pointed to the influence possessed by the National Rifle Association through their lobbying of public officials. The National Rifle Association also lobby for the interests of firearm manufacturing in the United States which has continued to rise since a fall in the early 2000s.

Percentage of households in the United States owning one or more firearms from 1972 to 2019

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Release date

October 2019


United States

Survey time period

1972 to 2019

Supplementary notes

In the survey the question was asked in the following wording: "Do you have a gun in your home?"
The source does not state the amount of guns in the respective households.
* As of October 2019

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