Record 43% of Women Have a Gun in Home

Poll finds record low support for gun control
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2011 12:35 PM CDT
Just 26% of respondents in a recent Gallup poll oppose a handgun ban.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – In a record high, 43% of American women say there is a gun in their household. That number was 36% last year, the Los Angeles Times reports. Even more men—52%—reported a gun in their home or on their property; in 2010, 45% did so. But, the Times notes, the gender gap rears its head when it comes to who is the owner: Of the Gallup poll respondents, 46% of men say they own a gun, compared to 23% of women.

Overall, 47% of respondents said there is a gun in their household. But the numbers may not actually reveal higher levels of gun ownership, Gallup notes; it could simply be that people are more comfortable reporting their gun ownership. Perhaps not surprisingly, the same poll also found a number of historical lows when it comes to support for gun control, including a handgun ban (just 26% support one), an assault rifle ban, and stricter gun control laws.

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