Poll: Protection is main reason for owning guns

American gun owners are increasingly keeping firearms for protection instead…

American gun owners are increasingly keeping firearms for protection instead of for hunting and sporting purposes, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.

Among gun owners surveyed, 48% said they own them for protection, while 32% said they own a firearm mainly for hunting purposes. That’s a large shift from 1999 when 26% of those surveyed said they owned a gun for protection, while 49% said they used it mainly for hunting, according to an August 1999 poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post.

Non-gun owners also cited safety as a main reason for not owning a firearm – 39% said accidents were among their greatest concerns about having a gun.

Read more at Detroit Free Press

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