By Joe FaraoniThe number of people who are killed or injured by guns is rising at a time when more states are trying to pass gun-control laws, with some in recent years passing laws that are so strict that they may actually hinder law enforcement from pursuing criminals.
But a new survey of gun owners in states that have adopted gun-restriction measures shows that most people who have their guns legally in their possession do so for self-defense, not for self preservation.
That’s because while the vast majority of people owning guns for self protection want to defend themselves, only a tiny percentage of gun-owning gun owners actually use them for that purpose.
In fact, nearly half of those surveyed said they only use their guns for hunting, target practice or personal protection.
But the vast bulk of gun ownership in these states comes from the gun industry, and the industry accounts for about a third of all gun sales.
The survey of about 3,000 gun owners from the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that while nearly half said they have legally owned their guns in their home for at least a year, just over a third have owned guns for a minimum of 30 days.
The data suggests that people who own guns for defense do so because they feel safe when they are there, but the majority of those who have guns in this way do not think they’re being protected.
A total of 43 percent of gun owning gun owners said they felt safe when the guns were loaded and they were not in a situation where they could be shot.
The figure is higher for selfdefense use, where 38 percent of the survey participants said they had felt safe, compared with 19 percent who said they were in a defensive situation.
Only 5 percent of people surveyed who said their guns were not loaded and in a position to be shot felt safe in a self-defence situation, compared to 24 percent who did so when the gun was loaded and fired.
About two-thirds of people with guns in home use were also in a place where they were able to shoot back, with just over half of respondents saying they felt protected in a gunfight.
Only a third felt protected when they were at the other end of the gun.
The majority of respondents who owned guns legally and did not have to go to a gun store said they did so because it was the safest choice.
The survey found that about three-quarters of those respondents said they used their guns lawfully for self defence, but just under a quarter said they also had guns for target practice, hunting or personal defense.
The vast majority said they believed in the importance of self-protection in order to use their firearms responsibly.
About two-in-ten respondents said that their guns had the capability to do so, and two-fifths of those said they would buy a gun if the owner needed one.
A little over half said that they have owned a gun in the past for hunting and target practice and about one-third said they own a gun for personal protection, with a higher percentage saying they own them for personal defense as a first choice.
But the vast number of gun rights advocates who say the public should be allowed to own guns, even for self defensive purposes, is a tiny minority of gun owner numbers.
That’s because there are many more gun owners who own firearms for defense.
Most people who say they own guns in self- defense are men, though some women are also in the majority, with nearly half owning guns in the home and one-infective gun ownership.
Nearly half of people whose guns are legally in the possession of them have said they want their guns out of the home, and about half of them said they didn’t have to buy a firearm to do that.
Most gun owners also believe in the need for gun safety measures.
About half said their homes should be patrolled to keep guns out, and more than half said it would be a good idea for people who live in the same house to lock their doors when they’re not at home.
Nearly half of gun license holders said their home should have a gun lock, and a majority said it should be something that is locked in place.
Most said their personal safety was a factor when they bought a gun.
About half of licensed gun owners reported having bought a firearm from a private seller or online, and almost a quarter reported that their gun was sold online.
Gun ownership is a highly regulated industry in many states.
Some states require licensed gun dealers to obtain licenses from local law enforcement agencies and are also required to conduct background checks on buyers.
Some states have passed laws to restrict or require background checks for people seeking to purchase firearms, while others have tightened restrictions on the sale of certain firearms.
The NRA and the National Rifle Association oppose most of the state-level restrictions, though many of the laws that have been passed are temporary, and they often expire after a certain period of time.In