Editor's Note: This article was updated Nov. 13, 2020, with Gallup's latest data on Americans' gun ownership.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Thirty-two percent of U.S. adults say they personally own a gun, while a larger percentage, 44%, report living in a gun household. Adults living in gun households include those with a gun in their home or anywhere on their property.
Gallup has tracked both metrics of gun ownership annually since 2007, showing no clear increase or decrease in gun ownership over that time.
Line graph. The percentage of U.S. adults who own guns has remained stable for more than a decade. 44% say they live in a gun household, and 32% say they personally own a gun. In 2007, 44% said they lived in a gun household and 28% said they personally owned a gun.
See Gallup's Guns "Topics A to Z" page for the full trend on gun ownership since 1959.
The latest results are from Gallup's annual Crime poll, conducted Sept. 30-Oct. 15, 2020. As is typical, the rate of personal gun ownership varies most by political party and ideology, gender, race/ethnicity, region and urbanicity, with smaller differences seen by household income and marital status.
- Republicans (50%), rural residents (48%), men (45%), self-identified conservatives (45%) and Southerners (40%) are the most likely subgroups to say they personally own a gun.
- Liberals (15%), Democrats (18%), non-White Americans (18%), women (19%) and Eastern residents (21%) are the least likely to report personal gun ownership.
|Personally own a gun||Live in gun household||Number of interviews|
|College graduate only||35||50||250|
|$40,000 to <$100,000||34||51||371|
|Type of community|
|Suburb of big/small city||25||41||293|
|Have child under 18||36||48||229|
|No child under 18||30||42||781|
|Questions: Do you have a gun in your home? (Asked of those who do not have a gun in their home:) Do you have a gun anywhere else on your property such as in your garage, barn, shed or in your car or truck? (Asked of those who have a gun in their home or on their property:) Do you personally own a gun, or do the gun or guns in your household belong to another household member?|
|Gallup, Sept. 30-Oct. 15, 2020|
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.