DID YOU KNOW? The United States has millions of guns in civilian hands.
The U.S. has an estimated 283 million guns in civilian hands
Each year, about 4.5 million new firearms, including approximately 2 million handguns, are sold in the United States.
An estimated 2 million secondhand firearms are sold each year as well.
In 2009, police recovered at least 239,883 guns in connection with crime.
Gun owners throw away an estimated 36,000 guns every year.
DID YOU KNOW? Household gun ownership has been declining since the 1970s.
The percentage of American households with a gun has been steadily declining over time (from a high of 54 percent in 1977 to 32 percent in 2010).
Gun ownership is highly concentrated. Approximately 20 percent of gun owners own 65 percent of the nation’s guns.
Household gun ownership may be declining even though millions of guns are sold each year in part because gun owners are adding more guns to their collections.