An upcoming survey by researchers at Harvard and Northeastern sheds new light not just on which guns Americans own, but which Americans own guns.
In many ways, the survey describes a demographic profile that’s close to popular conception. As a whole, the estimated 55 million American gun owners — 22 percent of Americans — tend to be older and whiter than the population at large, live in rural areas, and have conservative views. They typically own multiple firearms, both long guns like rifles and shotguns that are associated with hunting, and handguns, like pistols or revolvers, that can be kept in a nightstand or concealed in a waistband.
Gun owners are more likely to have a high school diploma, or some college education, than a full college degree. They’re geographically concentrated in the Southern states, and less commonly found in the Northeast. Veterans are heavily represented among their ranks.
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