Americans Own 423M guns & 8.1B Rounds of Ammunition, Latest Data Shows

One of the fundamental rights in the Constitution is the right to bear arms. The Supreme Court solidified that right in the D.C. vs. Heller case in 2008 and are poised to take up another gun rights case this term.

It appears that Americans stand behind the 2nd Amendment according to new data.

From American Military News:

Rates of firearm ownership and gun sales are on the rise despite calls for gun control, according to a report released Wednesday by the Firearms Industry Trade Association (FITA).

Using the most recent data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF’s) Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Reports (AFMER) to draw its conclusions, FITA’s report stated there are 422.9 million firearms in civilian possession from 1986 to 2018, along with an estimated 8.1 billion rounds of various firearms calibers and gauges.

The report also noted that in a 25 year period between 1993 and 2017, the violent crime rate has dropped by 48.6 percent while firearms-related accidents have decreased by 68 percent.


Despite the political rhetoric that tries to skew deaths related to guns, the data is showing that gun ownership has actually been positive for crime and deaths in the United States.

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