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Pub. Type Report
Title Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms
Author(s) Cook, Philip J.
Ludwig, Jens
Subtitle/Series Name National Institute of Justice Research in Brief
Pub. Date May 1997
Abstract In 1994, 44 million Americans owned 192 million firearms, 65 million of which were handguns. Although there were enough guns to provide every U.S. adult with one, only 25 percent of adults actually owned firearms; 74 percent of gun owners possessed two or more. Of handgun owners, 68 percent also possessed at least one rifle or shotgun. Gun ownership was highest among middle- aged, college-educated people in rural areas. Whites were substantially more likely to own guns than blacks, and blacks were more likely to own guns than Hispanics. The most common reason for owning firearms was recreation, followed by protection against crime. About 60 percent of gun acquisitions involved federally licensed dealers. About 211,000 handguns and 382,000 long guns were stolen in noncommercial thefts in 1994. Slightly more than half of all privately owned firearms were stored unlocked; 16 percent of firearms were stored unlocked and loaded. In 1994, about 14 million adults carried a firearm in their vehicles or on their person for protection. source
Issue/No. NCJ 165476
Producer United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
Place of Production Washington, DC

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