- In America, there are approximately 270 million firearms possessed by civilians, and only 897,000 carried by police.
- Approximately 20 percent of gun owners own 65 percent of the guns.
- The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms reports that about 5.5 million new firearms were manufactured in America in 2010. 95 percent of it was for the U.S. market.
- Close to 33,000 Americans were victims of gun-related deaths in 2011.
- In 2011, 10.3 in every 100,000 people in the U.S. were victims of gun-related deaths.
- Buyers that purchase firearms through private sales in the U.S. don't have to pass a background check before obtaining possession of the weapon.
- This includes sales to criminals, felons, and people with a history of severe mental illness.
- In the first 11 months of 2012, the federal government performed 16.8 million background checks on legal gun purchases, which was a record high since the system was founded back in 1998.
- The Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence reports that an average of 268 people are shot every day in America. That's 97,820 per year.
- Trigger locks are used to make a firearm more difficult to discharge and act as a safety precaution in carrying and owning guns. However, only 9 states in America (NY, NJ, CA, OH, MI, RI, MD, PA, MA) have trigger lock laws that enforce this precautionary measure.
- Since 1950, every public mass shooting (with the exception of just one) in the U.S. has occurred in a place where civilians are banned from carrying firearms.
- 51 gun shows banned attendees from bringing loaded guns to events in January 2013, to promote a safe, recreational environment.
- In January 2013, President Obama presented his comprehensive plan to prevent gun violence in the U.S. His plan includes:
- improving the background check system
- banning assault weapons and large capacity magazines of ammunition
- creating and enforcing stricter trafficking laws
- increasing our study and knowledge of the gun violence epidemic
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Sources: Gun Policy, NY Times,Brady Campaign, Law Server, USA Today, Think Progress, NYAGV, ABC