Americans Own World’s Largest Arsenal of Firearms: Survey

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Semi-automatics for sale at a British gun show. Photo by Ashley Butte via Flickr

There are more than one billion firearms in the world, according to the Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group. US civilians own 120.5 firearms per 100 residents—the highest global ratio—a figure the survey attributes to both the national ‘gun culture’ and the expiration of a federal assault weapons ban in 2004 . . .

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