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Forty-Seven Percent of Americans Own Guns — Survey of the Day

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Gun ownership is at an 18-year high, according to a new Gallup poll.

Forty-seven percent of Americans report having a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property, up from 41 percent last year and the most since 1993 when 54 percent reported gun ownership.

More men (52 percent) own guns than woman (43 percent). The regional gap is even more stark, with 54 percent of the adults in the south owning guns compared to only 36 percent in the east.

Gallup does warn that this is a self-reported survey, meaning the uptick in the percentage of Americans saying they own guns could be influenced by how comfortable people feel with telling a pollster they own a gun.


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