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In this April 18, 2021, file photo, members of the U.S. armed forces patrol in a parking lot in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
A new report from the Pew Research Center found that the percentage of gun ownership among Americans has never been lower, with more than 60 percent of adults owning guns at least some of the time.
The study was based on the 2014 American Community Survey.
The most recent survey was conducted in May, so it does not factor in changes in attitudes since then.
The Pew study finds that there are about one-third more Americans who own guns than in the 1980s.
About one-quarter of adults who live in a household with a gun in the home own a gun.
That compares with about 14 percent of households in 1950.
About 40 percent of gun-owning adults also say they have been a victim of gun violence.
Gun ownership has grown rapidly in recent decades, especially among blacks and Hispanics, and among older adults.
The U.N. Population Division has said that since the early 1990s, more than a quarter of adults have been shot in the U, a rate more than twice as high as in the United States as a whole.
It’s not clear whether the rising gun ownership rate reflects the increase in gun violence, or whether there are other factors that are driving the growth.
A separate report from Pew found that, since 2012, gun violence in the country has grown about 10 times faster than the overall U.K. rate.
In a separate Pew survey conducted in July, Pew found a significant jump in gun ownership in America’s five largest metropolitan areas, from 6.2 million guns in 2012 to 14.2 billion guns in 2020.
The cities included in the analysis are Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles.
The gun-ownership rate rose faster in the South, the Northeast, the Midwest and the West.
The rise in gun-related deaths also has been higher in these areas, with gun homicides increasing by 14.4 percent in the 10 biggest metro areas, compared with a 5.5 percent increase in the national average, the Pew report found.
Pew said there were also large increases in deaths due to suicides and unintentional injuries, including homicides, suicides and accidental deaths, as well as homicides in which someone is killed by an accidental gunshot.
In the U in 2017, there were more than 3,600 unintentional gun deaths, compared to just over 2,200 in the entire country.
Pew’s report also found that since 2015, more Americans have owned guns at home.
The share of Americans who say they own guns at work has increased from 26 percent to 32 percent.
About 2.4 million people, or 15 percent, have owned a gun at home since 2015.
Pew reported that the number of people who say guns are necessary for home protection has also risen, from 12 percent to 16 percent.
The report said that there were 3.2 gun-involved shootings in 2017 in the states of Florida, Texas and Louisiana.
That included at least four people who were shot and killed by guns.
That number includes a total of 11 people shot and seriously injured by a gun over a four-day period in Texas, the report said.
A study by the Pew Center for the People & the Press found that there has been a sharp decline in gun sales since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and there have been fewer homicides committed by guns since 2013.