Major survey shows gun ownership declining |

If you repeat a lie often enough, eventually people believe it. Make no mistake, gun ownership is actually on the rise. Women make up the fastest growing group of gun owners and minorities of every stripe are also taking up guns. But given the tendency of left leaning pollsters (like those from National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago) and the media in general to vilify gun owners, could it be that we’re seeing, not so much a decline in gun ownership but, a decline in the number of people willing to give away that information to these people? Or might it be that their “sample” is limited to a specific demographic group or geographic region?


A major U.S. trend survey finds that the number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it’s ever been. That decline is paralleled by a reduction in the number of Americans who hunt.

According to the latest General Social Survey, 32 percent of Americans either own a firearm themselves or live with someone who does, which ties a record low set in 2010. That’s a significant decline since the late 1970s and early 1980s, when about half of Americans reported a gun in their household.

The drop is probably linked with a decline in the popularity of hunting, from 32 percent who lived in a household with at least one hunter in 1977 to less than half that number saying so now.

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3 thoughts on “Major survey shows gun ownership declining |

  1. Yessir, I believe this falls under the heading of nun ya damn business. I have a friend who, when asked if he has any guns in his house, always answers a resounding “NO!” In truth, he doesn’t have any guns in his house – they’re stored in an adjacent building…but no one needs to know that. In point of fact, I don’t know who’s calling or what they’re doing with any information I may give them, so best not to give them any.

  2. According to my best estimates, and looking at the available data on annual domestic production of firearms for civilian purchase, as well as annual firearm imports, by my best estimate there is anywhere from 335-368 MILLION privately owned firearms in the united states.

    Looking at the numbers, as of a 2009 Congressional Research Service study, there was at least 310 million privately owned firearms or firearms available for sale in the US. Looking at the annual rate of production and import, throughout most of the 90’s, the average annual increase in the number of firearms owned or available for sale was roughly 4.25 million per year. Throughout the early 2000’s, the rate increased to roughly 5 million per year. As of 2007-2009, this rate increased to roughly 8 million additional guns per year being manufactured or imported and entering the market.

    Considering the above, and based on the significant stress in the industry due to the more frequently perceived assault on gun rights, I think it is a safe bet that, between 2009 and 2014, it’s probably safe to say that this annual rate has maintained between 5-8 million additional guns entering the market per annum. Accordingly, by the end of 2014, this would equate to the known number of privately owned firearms and firearms available per sale being anywhere from 335 million to as much as 368 million firearms. My estimates might be a bit off, as I have not looked in greater detail and added up numbers on a per year basis, but have taken averages based on the reported numbers every 3-5 years since 1994.

    Considering all of that, I would say that it is not unlikely that we may see a continued decline in the number of gun owners responding affirmatively to polls on gun ownership, while the number of actual gun owners is actually simultaneously increasing. When it gets down to it, there is either a smaller number of people that have a LOT of guns, or the level of gun ownership is continuing to increase substantially, while gun owners are also becoming more aware of the potential pitfalls of being labeled or “outed” as a gun owner under increasingly more predatory administrations pushing gun control.

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