General Firearms Facts

Number of Guns in U.S. Approx. 200 million firearms; 60-65 million handguns
Gun Owners in U.S. 60-65 million; 30-35 million own handguns
Firearms Used for Protection 11% of firearms owners and 13% of handgun owners
Criminal Misuse of Firearms Yearls Less than 0.2% of firearms, less than 0.4% of handguns
No Supreme Court Decision has ever held the right to keep and bear arms to be collective. All four relevant Supreme Court decisions have recognized that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms. Over 99.8% of U.S. firearms and 99.6% of U.S. handguns will NOT be involved in criminal activity in any given year. Survey research suggests that about 645,000 Americans every year use handguns for protection from burglars, robbers, rapists, assailants, would-be murderers, etc.

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