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Bieging, Kevin. 2011 ‘Household Gun Ownership Hits New Low - Fewer Than One Out of Three American Households Has a Gun.’ A Shrinking Minority: The Continuing Decline of Gun Ownership in America; Media Release. Washington, DC: Violence Policy Center / VPC. 26 April

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Household Gun Ownership Hits New Low - Fewer Than One Out of Three American Households Has a Gun

Gun-Free Households are a Substantial Majority, Gun-Owning Households a Shrinking Minority …

Household gun ownership peaked in 1977, when more than half (54 percent) of American households reported having any guns. By 2010, this number had dropped more than 20 percentage points to 32.3 percent of American households reporting having any guns in the home -- the lowest level ever recorded by the GSS. In 2010, fewer than a third of American households reported having a gun in the home.

Personal gun ownership peaked in 1985, when 30.7 percent of Americans reported personally owning a gun. By 2010, this number had dropped nearly 10 percentage points to 20.8 percent -- the lowest level ever recorded by the GSS. In 2010, slightly more than one out of five Americans reported personally owning a gun. …

[GSS = General Social Survey, conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. The GSS has tracked household and personal gun ownership since the early 1970s and, except for the U.S. Census, is the most frequently analyzed source of information in the social sciences.]

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