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    Average gun owner now owns 8 guns, twice what it used to be

    There are nearly twice as many guns in the average gun-owning household today as there were 20 years ago, according to new Wonkblog estimates based data from surveys and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In 2013, there were an estimated 8.1 firearms in the typical gun-owning household, according to these data. In 1994, the average gun-owning household owned 4.2 guns.

    These numbers comport with what survey research has shown for several years now: the share of gun-owning households has been declining over the past 20 years and possibly more, according to numbers from Gallup and the General Social Survey. On the other hand, domestic firearm production and imports of firearms have risen sharply, particularly in recent years. If those numbers are correct, it follows that increasing gun purchases are being driven primarily by existing owners stocking up rather than first-time buyers.

    Plenty has been written about the decline in overall gun ownership rates. Many of these stories are based on the General Social Survey’s data, which shows household ownership rates falling from over 50 percent in the 1970s to around 32 percent today. Some gun rights advocates dispute these numbers, preferring to use Gallup’s household ownership rates instead, which have remained essentially flat over the same period.

    But even Gallup’s numbers show a decline in gun ownership since the early 1990s, from 54 percent of households in late 1993 to 43 percent as of this fall. And regardless of whether overall ownership rates are flat or falling, one thing that’s largely been overlooked is how more guns and fewer gun owners means that firearms are being concentrated in fewer hands than ever before.

    I calculated the per-household estimates as follows: I multiplied the total number of households in the U.S. (from the Census) by the share of households owning guns. Given the differences between the Gallup and GSS numbers on household ownership (something of a survey mystery), rather than pick one I used them both, to create high and low bounds for the number of gun-owning households.

    I divided the total number of guns in the U.S. by the number of gun-owning households to arrive at an average number of guns per household. For the final number each year, I took the average of the estimate created by the GSS and Gallup household ownership rates.

    Important caveat, as always: these are estimates built upon estimates, so there’s a fair amount of wiggle room in the actual numbers. However, the overall trend of increasing guns per household is generally not in dispute. And the numbers comport with other estimates of the number of guns per gun-owning household, like a 2006 study finding that the average individual gun-owner owned 6.6 guns in 2004.

    Also important: these are averages, which are a very blunt instrument for understanding the distribution of guns in the population. In all likelihood, there’s a situation where a small percentage of gun owners own a huge number of guns, which brings the average up for everyone. For instance, that same 2006 study found that the top 20 percent of gun owners owned 65 percent of America’s firearms. The top 3 percent of gun owners averaged over 25 firearms each.

    For many owners guns are like tools, and you need different tools for different jobs: a rifle for hunting deer. A shotgun for hunting duck. A pistol for self-defense. An AR-15 for fun. Etc.

    But in recent years, it seems many gun owners have seen fit to expand their toolboxes. There are probably a number of factors driving this: fear-stoking by some gun rights groups in the wake of mass shootings can lead to surges in gun-buying from existing owners concerned the government could take their guns away. The rising popularity of “prepper” groups, who stock up on food and firearms in preparation for a variety of coming apocalypses, may also be playing a role.
    There are nearly twice as many guns in the average gun-owning household today as there were 20 years ago, according to new Wonkblog estimates based data from surveys and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In 2013, there were an estimated 8.1 firearms in the typical gun-owning household, according to these data. In 1994, the average gun-owning household owned 4.2 guns.
    Pat ------> NRA Lifetime Endowment Member #FAAFO

    #2
    I guess I'm better than average!

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      #3
      Hey, I'm better than average for once!
      “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." - Benjamin Franklin

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        #4
        8, that's cute😂

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          #5
          Rookies

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            #6
            Have more that the 3% average

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              #7
              For instance, that same 2006 study found that the top 20 percent of gun owners owned 65 percent of America’s firearms. The top 3 percent of gun owners averaged over 25 firearms each.
              You think they were referring to us on this site?
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                #8
                I take more than that to the range every day.

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                  #9
                  it's good to be above average for once.

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                    #10
                    8? That's it? So sad.

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                      #11
                      You may have heard on the news about a southern California man put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found he owned 100 guns and allegedly had (by rough estimate) 100,000 rounds of ammunition stored in his home. The house also featured a secret escape tunnel.

                      My favorite quote from the dimwit television reporter: “Wow! He has about a quarter million machine gun bullets.” The headline referred to it as a “massive weapons cache”.

                      By southern California standards someone owning 100,000 rounds would be called “mentally unstable”.

                      Just imagine if he lived elsewhere:

                      In Arizona, he’d be called “an avid gun collector”.

                      In Texas, he’d be called “a novice gun collector”.

                      In Utah, he’d be called “moderately well prepared”, but they’d probably reserve judgment until they made sure that he had a corresponding quantity of stored food.

                      In Montana, he’d be called “The neighborhood ‘Go-To’ guy”.

                      In Idaho, he’d be called “a likely gubernatorial candidate”.

                      In Wyoming, he’d be called “an eligible bachelor”.

                      In Wisconsin, he’d be called “a deer hunting buddy”.
                      And, in Alabama, we just call him “Bubba”.

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                      • LI Ammo
                        LI Ammo commented
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                        In Tennessee that's what Mom has at home. Not counting dad's collection.

                      • 50bmgshooter
                        50bmgshooter commented
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                        I have that in just 1 caliber

                      #12
                      Dammit, I need to get on my shit.. I only have 4.. 1 rifle and 3 handguns..

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                      • Mad Russian
                        Mad Russian commented
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                        Slacker!

                      • IlDuce
                        IlDuce commented
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                        You aint kidding, I need to step my game up.... I am looking for a smith and wesson revolver though lol

                      #13
                      Well everyone has to start somewhere.

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                        #14
                        Originally posted by IlDuce View Post
                        Dammit, I need to get on my shit.. I only have 4.. 1 rifle and 3 handguns..
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                        Pat ------> NRA Lifetime Endowment Member #FAAFO

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                        • Mad Russian
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                          Says the guy who owns a good percentage of all the guns in America...

                        #15
                        If we all owned 1 gun, add in the Pate collection and we would be at about 12.6 per

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