Just 3% of Americans own nearly half of all guns, survey finds


Just 3 percent of Americans own nearly half of all the guns in the country, and there's at least one gun for every American adult, a new study has found.

Of the 265 million guns in the United States, 133 million are owned by just 3 percent of Americans, according to a forthcoming survey by Harvard and Northeastern University researchers. Its preliminary findings were released by The Guardian and The Trace Monday.

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One of the most notable findings is that there are more guns out there, but a smaller fraction of Americans who own them. Since 1994, the percentage of Americans who own guns has gone down from 25% to 22%. But there are 70 million more guns in circulation, the survey's results show.

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