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Fewer Gun Owners, but Owners Own MORE Guns

The implications of this study run deep.

A new study shows the number of people who own guns is DOWN. But those who do own guns own a lot more of them.

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 told researchers there was a gun in their household.

The General Social Survey is conducted by NORC, an independent research organization based at the University of Chicago, with money from the National Science Foundation. Because of its long-running and comprehensive set of questions about the demographics, behaviors and attitudes of the American public, it is a highly regarded source of data about social trends.



One reason for the drop in ownership is the steep and steady decline in the number of Americans, especially young people, who hunt.

What does this mean to the future of gun violence and to the future of the wildlife conservation programs that depend on hunting license revenue?

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