Gun Ownership Shrinking, New Report Finds


Shoppers at a gun show in Houston

Household gun ownership in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level since it peaked in 1977, says the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group the Violence Policy Center, in a new report “A Shrinking Minority: The Continuing Decline of Gun
Ownership in America.”

Analyzing new data from the General Social Survey of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, the Violence Policy Center said household gun ownership peaked in 1977, when more than half (54 percent) of American households reported having any guns.

By 2010, that number had dropped more than 20 percentage points to 32.3 percent of American households reporting having any guns, the lowest level ever recorded by the survey. Personal gun ownership peaked in 1985, when 30.7 percent of Americans reported owning a gun. By 2010, this number had dropped nearly 10 percentage points to 20.8 percent.

Access the study here.

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