“How Many Guns Do Americans Own?”

Someone stopped by searching for “how many guns do americans own.”

Well, collectively, or individually? Collectively, taking the available production numbers for the hundreds of American gun makers, tabulating the relative frequency of survival, we can come up with a number. Remember, this does not include many of the smaller makers products that left nothing bu the guns themselves; so it is quite conservative.

From production and mortality records there are 707,682,087 American made guns in circulation. Threats t “send the Army to confiscate all guns,” threats to “empty prisons to lock up gun owners,” and other threats have made the American public very wary about admitting gun ownership to anyone not known to be a fellow gun owner.

Individually, we have a whole bunch of new problems in coming up with a definite number. Those problems can largely be avoided with a second “qualified” poll of known gun owners to obtain the percentage of respondents who will lie when polled.

Calling a few more than 1,100 households that are known to possess at least one gun gets a 51% positive response rate. Most of the polls that ask, bluntly, “Do you or some member of your family own a gun” typically gets a 43% positive answer.

2011 Percentage of Homes With Guns by Region, Gallup

2011 Percentage of Homes With Guns by Region, Gallup

Without getting into mathematics, which I try to avoid, approximately 93 million of of America’s 116 million occupied “dwelling units” have one or more guns.

Taking the Census’ 2.73 residents per housing unit at face value, that would put the number of Americans who have at home access to firearms at just under 254 million Americans.

Rounding down to be conservative, some 250 million Americans certainly have at home access to a gun. For all intents and purposes, they own a gun. Put another way, Americans have 250 million man years of at home exposure to firearms. And the result?

Less than 10,000 fatal gun accidents and gun related murders year, with 80 percent of the murders criminal on criminal affairs. And here’s what the CDC says about fatal accidents:


There are few home appliances that are safer than a gun. So join the majority and take the Old Cop’s advice.

Get a gun, learn to use it, get a permit, and carry it everywhere. Use it when you have to, and you will know when you have to.


Nota Bene The CDC graphic is an image. If you wish to drill down to the IDC codes, please use this link to the CDC website.

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3 Responses to “How Many Guns Do Americans Own?”

  1. mack says:

    Interesting article, been wondering about a poll to test response rates of known gun owners. Who conducted this poll of 1,100 known gun owners? That would be very interesting information to be able to reference in light of the continued attempts by gun control advocates to depict gun ownership as falling and becoming increasingly outside the mainstream.

  2. Stranger says:

    When the study the poll was a part of is published, I will have permission to publish more information. Until then, I can only say it is a part of a study of the defects in modern political polls.

  3. Daniel says:

    707,682,087 guns? That’s a lot and it’s a good thing too cause at least some of those guns are waiting for me to buy them. All about freedom baby!

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