SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — When it comes to gun ownership, it is the era of the super-owner in America.

While there may be fewer avowed gun owners in recent years, there are more guns in fewer hands now. These so-called super-owners are the roughly 7.7. million Americans who own between 8 and 140 guns.

That is just one of the key findings from researchers at Harvard and Northeastern universities released in advance to The Guardian and The Trace.

The researchers estimate there are 265 million firearms in private hands. In an online survey, they asked some 4000 Americans what types of guns were in their homes, how they were stored and why they have them.

Most of the respondents said their guns were for protection, not for hunting or sport.

The study found that super-owners are comprised mainly of collectors, firearms instructors, gunsmiths, competitive shooters, as well as doomsday survivalists.

Weapons for sale. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Weapons for sale. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

In terms of overall demographics, the researchers say gun owners are for the most part white, male, conservative and live in rural areas.

While a quarter of white and multi-racial Americans said they own a gun, only 16 percent of Hispanics and 14 percent of African Americans made the same claim.

More than a third of the gun owners in the survey grew up with guns in the home. About a quarter reported having some college education.

Among the gun owners surveyed, the preferred weapon is the handgun.

Complete results of the survey will be released in 2017. The Harvard/Northeastern survey is the first since 1994 when the National Institute of Justice conducted a telephone survey on the private stock of firearms in the U.S.

Comments (18)
  1. Riversong says:

    Contrary to NRA and gun fetishist propaganda, gun ownership in the US has been on the decline for decades. Fewer Americans own more guns, but fewer households have guns than a generation ago.

    1. my friend do you follow the news at all? stocks for all gun manufactures are up an average of 18% year after year pretty much since sandy hook, stocks go up when companies sell more of they”re products not less, basic economics at work here pal. there are way more now than ever before google the number of backround checks and read for yourself.

      1. derppublicans says:

        Of course, the scared little weak men got more scared and bought more guns. You better get your gun now, I heard a scary 5 year old mexican girl was spotted in your trailer park.

    2. Kerry Cale says:

      WRONG. Of the 16 homes closest to me 10 own guns. That’s a 62.5% ownership rate. The Harvard “survey’ uses a 4000 person sample size and then matriculates that to 110,000,000 adults. This survey is a joke, the sample size is too small to be relevant, yet every news agency is going to reprint it. Try actually doing some unbiased research on your own. Almost all the other surveys conducted show an ownership rate per adult of around 35%. With a higher percentage located in rural areas. This 3% “survey” is just a very poor gun control statistics hit piece done by a liberal biased college. Statistics don’t lie, but statisticians do…….

      1. Chris Christie's Belt says:

        How do you know fat boy? Do you peep in their windows?

  2. wow these researchers dont seem to be too bright, no one with a half a brain is gonna willingly admit they own guns in the current political climate , these numbers are false.

    1. Concerned American says:

      Its ok man, weak little old white men need their guns.

      1. Twyla Papp says:

        It is impossible to know how many guns there are in the black and Hispanic neighborhoods since most of those guns are illegal. The only thing you are worried about is your own lily white liberal ass.

  3. Suke Madiq says:

    Those 3% all have peens under 3 inches.

    1. Kerry Cale says:

      Troll, the actual ownership rate is around 35% but thanks for playing the “try to emasculate the people you don’t agree with” game. LOL

      1. Concerned American says:

        I don’t have to try with you, you did a great job all by yourself. Only a little bia tch types “LOL”.

      2. Concerned American says:

        Your dad even gave you a girl’s name, he knew what you would become.

  4. Fred, just FRed says:

    “The Trace” is a publication founded and funded by Michael Bloomberg. That is all you need to know about the worth of this survey.

  5. scinting says:

    CBS, San Francisco and Michael Bloomberg. If that doesn’t tell all, someone needs to wipe the drool from your chin.

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