There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands — with American men and women the dominant owners, according to a study.
The Small Arms Survey says 393 million of the civilian-held firearms, 46 per cent, are in the United States, which is “more than those held by civilians in the other top 25 countries combined.” “The key to the United States, of course, is its unique gun culture,” the report’s author, Aaron Karp, said at a news conference.
“American civilians buy an average of 14 million new firearms every year, and that means the United States is an overwhelming presence on civilian markets.
” The report said the numbers include legal and illegal firearms in civilian hands, ranging from improvised craft weapons to factory-made handguns, rifles, shotguns and, in some countries, even machine guns. Read More