Who owns guns?

The demographics of gun ownership

Three times more men than women own guns, according to a Gallup poll—conducted earlier this year—that analyzed demographic factors of gun ownership among Americans, including what region of the country they live in, marital status, age, political affiliation and more. Southerners are more likely to own guns than people in other parts of the country (38 percent compared to 21 percent of East-Coasters, the regional group least likely to own guns), as are those with more conservative rather than liberal political views, and married versus single people. Sixty-four percent of married Southern men said they owned guns, compared to 10 percent of unmarried women outside of the South.