12 Facts About Guns
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In America, there are approximately 270 million firearms possessed by civilians, and only 897,000 carried by police.
Approximately 20% of gun owners own 65% of the guns.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms reports that about 5.5 million new firearms were manufactured in America in 2010. 95% of these were for the U.S. market.
Close to 33,000 Americans were victims of gun-related deaths in 2011 and an average of 268 citizens are shot every day.
In 2011, 10.3 in every 100,000 people in the U.S. were victims of gun-related deaths.
Buyers that purchase firearms through private sales in the U.S. don’t have to pass a background check before obtaining possession of the weapon. This includes sales to criminals, felons, and people with a history of severe mental illness.
In the months of January to November of 2012, the federal government performed 16.8 million background checks on legal gun purchases, which was a record high since its foundation in 1998.
Since January of 2013, support for gun rights has increased from 45% to 52% and the percentage prioritizing gun control has fallen five points (from 51% to 46%).
Trigger locks make a firearm more difficult to discharge and act as a safety precaution in carrying and owning guns. However, only 9 states (NY, NJ, CA, OH, MI, RI, MD, PA, MA) have trigger lock laws that enforce this precautionary measure.
Since 1950, every public mass shooting (with the exception just 1) in the U.S. has occurred in a place where civilians are banned from carrying firearms.
51 gun shows banned attendees from bringing loaded guns to events in January 2013, to promote a safe, recreational environment.
In January 2013, President Obama presented his comprehensive plan to prevent gun violence in the U.S. It included: improving background checks, banning assault weapons and large capacity magazines of ammunition, among other provisions.