Reasons for firearm ownership U.S. 2015

This statistic shows the distribution of reasons for firearm ownership among gun owners in the United States in 2015. In 2015, 72 percent of gun owners said they owned a gun for protection from people.

Distribution of reasons for firearm ownership in the United States in 2015

Share of gun owners
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Release date

September 2016


United States

Survey time period


Number of respondents

3,949 respondents

Special properties

members of GfK Knowledge Panel (55,000 U.S. adults)

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

Members of armed forces were excluded.

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