How many households have fire arms?
There are approximately 327 million people usually resident in the United States (the population). Of those, about 77% or 252 million are over the age of 18 (adults). Of those adults about 100 million (40% of adult population) live in a household with a fire arm.
By comparison, in 1972 the U.S. population was 209 million. Of those, about 65% or 136 million were over the age of 18 (adults). The population has aged significantly since 1972 from 65% to 77% adults. Of those adults, about 70 million (51%) lived in a household with a fire arm.
How many fire arms are there?
There are an estimated 350 million fire arms in circulation in the US. Though there are only 100 million households with fire arms owners may have multiple firearms. Over 65% of fire arm owners report having more than one fire arm and about 30% have more than five. The average household with fire arms has 3.5 weapons present.
No statistics were found indicating how many fire arms were in circulation in 1972. However, if the 3.5 average of the present were applied to that time it would be about 245 million.
The adult population has grown 85% in 45 years. The fire arm inventory has grown about 44%. Though the total number of fire arms in circulation has grown from 245 million to 350 million the adult per capita number of fire arms has decreased from 1.8 fire arms per adult to 1.4.