A recent Gallup poll shows that gun ownership in the United States is at its highest level in more than two decades.
According to the poll, 47 percent of Americans say that they have a gun in their home. An earlier poll noted that support for the 2nd Amendment is also at a high.
Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say they have a gun in their household: 55 percent to 40 percent. The gap is narrower than that seen in recent years; the number of Democrats in favor of gun ownership grew last year. The number of women who report household gun ownership is also at a new high: 43 percent.
By region, gun ownership is higher in the South, at 54 percent, and Midwest, at 51 percent. In a finding that Gallup calls typical of trends, in the East only about 36 percent of individuals polled report owning a gun, and in the West about 43 percent own guns.
According to the poll, middle-aged adults — 35 to 54 years old — and adults with no college education are more likely than the rest of the population to be gun owners.