See the latest Pew Research Center data and reports on issues and attitudes toward gun control and related policies.

July 10, 2017

Rural and urban gun owners have different experiences, views on gun policy

Nearly six-in-ten rural Americans have a gun in their household, compared with smaller shares of suburban and urban gun owners.

July 5, 2017

Among gun owners, NRA members have a unique set of views and experiences

While the demographic profile of NRA members is similar to that of other gun owners, their political views, the way they use their firearms and their attitudes about gun policy differ significantly from gun owners who are not members of the organization.

June 26, 2017

Among U.S. gun owners, parents more likely than non-parents to keep their guns locked and unloaded

Among gun-owning parents with children in their household, 54% say all guns in their home are kept in a locked place and 53% say they are all kept unloaded.

U.S. PoliticsJune 23, 2017

Bipartisan support for some gun proposals, stark partisan divisions on many others

Republicans and Democrats find rare common ground on some gun policy proposals in the U.S., but there are sharp partisan differences on other issues.

June 22, 2017

Key takeaways on Americans’ views of guns and gun ownership

About four-in-ten Americans say they either own a gun themselves or live in a household with guns, and 48% say they grew up in a household with guns.

June 22, 2017

America’s Complex Relationship With Guns

Americans have broad exposure to guns, whether they personally own one or not. About seven-in-ten say they have fired a gun at some point and 42% currently live in a gun-owning household.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 10, 2017

How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency

Pew Research Center President Michael Dimock examines the changes – some profound, some subtle – that the U.S. experienced during Barack Obama’s presidency.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 26, 2016

Gun Rights vs. Gun Control

Explore 20 years of data on public opinion about gun control vs. gun rights.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 26, 2016

Opinions on Gun Policy and the 2016 Campaign

For the past several years, large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans have favored making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks.

Fact TankJanuary 5, 2016

5 facts about guns in the United States

Americans have shown broad and consistent support for expanded background checks for gun purchasers, but this has proven more contentious in practice than in principle. And the GOP holds a slight advantage over the Democratic Party in reflecting the public’s views about gun control.