There are 857 million civilian guns in the world. Americans own nearly half
“The Small Arms Survey presents its findings on the number of firearms held by civilians, law enforcement agencies, and military forces in a series of three new Briefing Papers. The Survey estimates that of the one billion firearms in global circulation as of 2017, 857 million (85 percent) are in civilian hands, 133 million (13 percent) are in military arsenals, and 23 million (two percent) are owned by law enforcement agencies. The new studies suggest that the global stockpile has increased over the past decade, largely due to civilian holdings, which grew from 650 million in 2006 to 857 million in 2017.”
- Read Estimating Global Civilian-held Firearms Numbers
- Read Estimating Global Military-owned Firearms Numbers
- Read Estimating Global Law Enforcement Firearms Numbers
Sounds like rookie numbers to me. Gotta pump those numbers up.