Techna Clip has compiled several gun ownership and gun information statistics from independent websites. This information dates back to 2010. Most data is obtained through surveys. As always, survey information is only as accurate as the respondents’ answers to questions.

General Gun Facts

Firearms generally hold three types of classifications:

  1. Handguns
  2. Rifles
  3. Shotguns

Both rifles and shotguns are “long guns.”

A semi-automatic firearm is defined as a gun that fires one bullet each time the trigger is pulled, ejecting a shell each time. A semi-automatic automatically reloads another bullet each time the trigger is pulled. In contrast, a fully automatic firearm, also known as a machine gun, fires multiple rounds with a single trigger pull.

Gun Ownership in the United States

The following data is based on the U.S. having a population of 307 million people in 2009. In 2010, firearm manufacturers estimated there were 300 million firearms owned by U.S. civilians. From this number, nearly 100 million are handguns.

Gun owners stated the following reasons for owning a gun:

  • Protection Against a Crime – 67%
  • Target Practice and Shooting – 66%
  • Hunting – 58%

Estimates show that in 1993, approximately 162,000 incidents may have led to deaths had a firearm not been used for protection. This figure excludes all government related service and work.

The “Journal of Quantitative Criminology” published a study based on data released in 2000 showing that U.S. civilians use guns to defend themselves from criminal related offenses a minimum of 989,883 per year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study in 1994. The results showed that Americans use guns to help decrease the chances of criminals breaking into their homes by 498,000 times per year.

Americans are vulnerable to violent crimes. The 2013 homicide rate shows that nearly one in 285 Americans will be murdered during their lifetimes. Additionally, in 1997 a survey of approximately 18,000 convicted prison inmates that served time for violent crimes showed that “30% of State offenders and 35% of Federal offenders carried a firearm when committing a crime.”

Techna Clip supports the right of U.S. citizens to conceal carry and own guns. This right is protected under the Second Amendment of the Constitution. As such, Techna Clip offers a wide selection of gun belt clips, including those for popular handgun models, such as the Ruger IC9 clip and Sig P238 belt clip.