NSSF on Pew survey: Expresses optimism about gun ownership, raises doubt about public opinion
By Daniel Terrill
The trade association for the gun industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, expressed optimism with the findings from a Pew Research survey showing four-out-of-10 people saying they live in a household with a gun.
“Some might see it as a magazine half full – or half empty,” said Larry Keane, the NSSF’s general counsel, in a blog post. “Better yet, the findings of a Pew Research Center survey report titled America’s Complex Relationship with Guns shows it’s not time to step off the firing line, but to reload.”
The 79-page report is the result of an extensive survey of 3,930 participants, including 1,269 gun owners, from around the country. The published material includes a collection of demographic information and covers a broad range of issues and opinions driving the debate over guns in the U.S.
The key takeaways for the NSSF include 42 percent living in a house with a gun and 36 percent open to owning one; 61 percent of gun owners citing personal protection as a key reason for owning a firearm; 66 percent saying they own multiple guns, which de-stigmatizes owning more than one gun; 59 percent of gun owners saying they’ve taken a gun safety course; and 95 percent