Gun laws have become a controversial issue in the United States, and recent high-profile mass shootings have reignited the debate. The Las Vegas shooting killed 60 people in 2017, while the Parkland shooting in Florida left 17 dead. Several attempts to pass gun legislation have failed, including proposals to ban assault weapons and expand background checks. Others have attempted to prohibit the sale of guns to people on federal watch lists.
Various sources have determined that there are more firearms than people in the United States. According to a study by the National Institute of Justice, 44 percent of adult Americans owned firearms in 1994. About 65 million of those guns were handguns. The survey also indicated that seventy-four percent of gun owners own more than one firearm.
Gun laws differ from state to state. In some states, gun purchases can only be made through a licensed retailer. These retailers are required to run background checks on their customers, but they are not required to report whether or not they sold guns to the person. Many legal gun purchases are made through sources other than licensed retailers.
The United States has approximately 393 million firearms in civilian hands. That’s about one-third of all civilian firearms in the world. This makes it unique among the community of nations. By far, the most popular firearm is handguns. The South, Midwest, and West have the highest percentage of gun ownership, while the Northeast has the lowest percentage.
The number of firearms per person varies greatly between states. The lowest number is found in Rhode Island and New York, while the highest is found in Wyoming, with 132,806 registered guns per person. Despite the wide variance between states, firearms are still a hot topic for political debate.
The number of firearms produced in the United States has increased over the past decade. As the demand for semi-automatic and assault rifles has grown, the production of firearms has risen. Consequently, gun-makers have become very effective in marketing firearms as recreational and self-defense tools.
The firearms industry faces grave problems due to the lack of regulation. It’s a business with a high level of safety concerns, which is why the industry has a trade association with the goal of protecting the public. The association works to create technical standards for firearms and develop performance standards.
As of January 2013, there are more than six million firearms registered in the United States. The ATF’s National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record is the only accessible database of firearms. However, it’s important to note that it’s not comprehensive. Some firearms are prohibited by federal law, while others are allowed by state law.
Although gun sales rates are rising across the nation, they remain low in many states. Only four states have a million-plus estimated firearm sales. This difference in numbers is likely due to differences in reporting to NICS. In the West, gun sales rates have increased across twelve states. Some states have triple-digit increases, and the District of Columbia’s rate has climbed 900 percent in the last decade. However, only one state, Nebraska, has seen a significant decline over the past decade.