America Now Has More Guns Than People

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The number of civilian-owned firearms in the United States has surpassed the number of people, according to a report released on Monday.

With more than 393 million civilian-owned firearms in the U.S., there are just over 1.2 firearms for every American as of year-end 2017, a Small Arms Survey report concluded. In other words, each American can have their own gun, with 67 million guns left over, noted The Washington Post.

The decade-long study was conducted by the Small Arms Survey, a center at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. It gathered data from a variety of sources including official firearm registration data and survey results. (RELATED: NAACP Urges National Gun Confiscation)

The study also found that worldwide firearm ownership is heavily concentrated in the U.S. Of the 1,013 million civilian-owned firearms in the world, almost 46 percent were owned by Americans. That is more than the other top 25 countries combined.

However, while civilian ownership is concentrated in the U.S., a second report by the Small Arms Survey shows America has only the fifth highest military holdings, with Russia and China accounting for more than 43 percent of the total military holdings worldwide

The report cautions that since much of the information needed is concealed due to private ownership, and assumptions on the number of guns that have become unusable vary, results only approximate reality.

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