Gallup: Self-reported gun ownership in United States highest since ’93

By   /   October 26, 2011  /   2 Comments

A poll released Wednesday finds that 47 percent of American adults have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property.

This number is up from 41 percent a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993.

 Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say they have a gun in their household: 55 percent to 40 percent.

Here is a tidbit from Gallup that I found interesting: Gun ownership is more common in the South (54 percent) and Midwest (51 percent) than in the East (36 percent) or West (43 percent). I would have thought the percentage for the West would have been higher.

To read the poll, click here.

— Phil Drake


Phil formerly served as staff reporter for

  • Ev

    Don’t you think the “self reporting” might have more significance in the west? I can’t think of many people I know who would be quick to tell anyone whether they have a gun.

  • Phil Drake

    Hi Ev,
    Thanks for the comment. I agree, I was surprised by the low percentage in the West. But then again, I have never lived down South. You may be right, Westerners may likely not want to let anyone know they are packing heat. One of my many favorite things about Montana is the state Capitol building. There’s no weapons screeners or scanners there, just a simple note on the door that says: “No weapons allowed.”