By the Numbers: Guns



Percentage of U.S. households that keep guns.



Percentage of gun owners who say personal safety is the reason they own a gun.



Number of U.S. gun deaths (2014); 10,945 of those were ruled homicides.



Number of federally licensed firearms dealers in the U.S. (for a comparison, there are 14,098 McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. and 35,569 grocery stores).


10.9 million

The number of guns produced in the U.S. in 2013 (the latest full year available), nearly double the number manufactured in 2010 (5.5 million). That breaks down to 4,441,726 pistols, 725,282 revolvers, 3,979,570 rifles, 1,203,072 shotguns and 495,142 miscellaneous forearms.


23 million

The number of gun background checks performed by the FBI in 2015, compared to 9,238,123 in 1999.


310 million

Approximate number of guns owned in the U.S. To put it another way, there are more guns than people in the United States.


$229 billion

The cost of fatal and non-fatal gun violence in the U.S. in 2012.


Sources: Congressional Research Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives;; Gallup.

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