Statistics on Gun Ownership

Posted on January 1, 2012

Americans own an estimated 270 million firearms – approximately 90 guns for every 100 people.1

However, these high numbers of firearms are concentrated in an increasingly small minority of households. Data from the General Social Survey, conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, found that American household gun ownership peaked in 1977, when more than half of American households (53.7%) reported having any guns.  By 2014, only 32.4% of American households had a gun in the home — less than a third.  From 1985 to 2014, the percentage of Americans who reported personally owning a gun dropped by more than a quarter, down to 22.4%.2

  1. Small Arms Survey, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Small Arms Survey 2007: Guns and the City at 39 (Aug. 2007). []
  2. A Shrinking Minority: The Continuing Decline of Gun Ownership in America, Violence Policy Center (May 2015), at []