To learn more about the role of firearms in
crime, the National Institute of Justice sponsored, through a grant to
the Police Foundation, a nationally representative survey on private
ownership and use of firearms by American adults. The research covered
topics such as: (1) the size, composition, and ownership of the
nation's private gun inventory, (2) methods of, and reasons for,
firearms acquisition, (3) the storage and carrying of guns, and (4)
the defensive use of firearms against criminal attackers.
The Police Foundation contracted with Chilton Research
Services to conduct the survey. Minimums were established for the
number of completed interviews with racial minorities and gun-owning
households. Such households were more likely to be included in the
final sample. Weights were calculated to adjust for this design
National probability sample.
Adults living in the United States.
The data contain variables on methods of firearms
acquisition, use of firearms, number and types of firearms owned,
storage and carrying of guns, and reasons for and against firearm
ownership. Basic demographic variables include sex, age, education,
and employment of the respondent.
Approximately 50 percent.