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The Short Answer
What Percentage of Americans Own Guns?
The Short Answer

What Percentage of Americans Own Guns?

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Thirty percent of U.S. adults say they personally own a gun, while a larger percentage, 43%, report living in a gun household.

Personal gun ownership varies among the major population subgroups Gallup looks at:

  • Republicans (45%), men (43%) and self-identified conservatives (40%) are the most likely key subgroups to say they personally own a gun.

  • Women (17%), Democrats (16%) and Hispanics (15%) are the least likely to report personal gun ownership.

Gun Ownership in the U.S.
Personally own a gun Live in gun household Number of interviews
% % n
U.S. adults 30 43 3,064
Gender
Men 43 50 1,628
Women 17 36 1,436
Age
18 to 29 19 35 416
30 to 49 32 45 729
50 to 64 33 44 823
65+ 33 46 1,041
Education
Postgraduate 23 34 613
College graduate only 33 45 726
Some college 34 48 911
No college 27 41 776
Household income
$100,000+ 35 50 758
$40,000 to <$100,000 39 51 1,145
<$40,000 19 31 796
Race/Ethnicity
Non-Hispanic white 35 50 2,294
Non-Hispanic black 19 29 278
Hispanic 15 26 294
Marital status
Married 36 52 1,588
Not married 23 33 1,375
Children
Have child under 18 31 44 654
No child under 18 29 42 2,308
Party ID
Republicans 45 61 910
Independents 32 44 1,120
Democrats 16 28 944
Ideology
Conservatives 40 53 1,155
Moderates 28 42 1,059
Liberals 18 29 758
Based on 2016-2018 combined data; "gun household" = gun in the home or elsewhere on the property
Gallup

Gallup measures Americans' gun ownership each October as part of its Crime poll -- one of 12 surveys that make up the Gallup Poll Social Series.

Gallup's full trend on U.S. gun ownership is available on the Guns "Topics A to Z" page.

Explore Gallup articles about guns and gun control on the Guns "Gallup Topics" page.

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