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Americans Own 30% of World's Guns

The world's largest arsenal works out to 90 firearms per 100 people
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2007 9:05 PM CDT
Americans Own 30% of World's Guns
Guns are seen on display during a news conference regarding the "Groceries for Guns Exchange" program May 3, 2007, in Philadelphia. The program, which claims to have collected 1,067 firearms, invites people to exchange firearms for groceries. Baltimore, Philadelphia and other cities in a bloodstained...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Americans form the biggest gun-toting posse on Earth, Reuters reports, boasting a high 90 firearms per 100 noncombatants. Other countries lag behind on a per capita basis: Yemen takes second with 61 per 100 and Finland places a surprising third with 56 for every 100 civilians. Many poor countries, like Nigeria, rank low on the list despite their reputation for gun violence.

One analyst connects civilian gun ownership with wealth, warning that “we need to think about future demand in parts of the world where economic growth is giving people larger disposable income." One gun survey estimates that 650 million guns are owned in homes worldwide, 10 million higher than the last count. Only about 1 in 10 of those are thought to be registered. (Read more guns stories.)

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