The US, once the nation of gun owners, is now home to the second-highest percentage of gun ownership nationwide, according to a study.
The US now has the third-highest number of gun-owning households in the world, with more than 2.3 million households.
Gun ownership is the second most important factor behind household income in determining which states are most likely to see an increase in gun violence.
The gun ownership rate in the United States has declined since the 1990s, according a report released by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.
It found that between 2001 and 2016, gun ownership fell in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
Gun violence is the leading cause of death among young people in the U.S. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that about two-thirds of Americans have a gun in their homes.
However, gun deaths and injuries are still the leading causes of death in the country, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gun control advocates are quick to point out that there is a link between gun ownership and violence.
It’s been shown that when a gun is owned by a household, the odds of a death by a gun are increased.
Gun rights advocates are pushing for restrictions on firearms, but they have to overcome a strong anti-gun lobby and pushback from politicians in the states where they have a majority.
“If you look at the states with the largest gun ownership, you can’t get rid of them,” says David Kopel, director of research for the Violence Policy Center.
“It’s an extremely dynamic process.”
While gun ownership has been declining, the rate of gun deaths has risen.
The number of people killed by guns in the USA rose from 7.6 million in 2010 to 8.9 million in 2016, according data from the Centers of Disease Control.
That’s a 2.7 percent increase.
“A lot of this is due to people just not owning guns in general,” says Kopel.
“There’s not as much of an increase with gun ownership.”
Gun control activists and gun violence prevention advocates have worked hard to counter that trend.
In states like Colorado, California and Illinois, where there are more gun restrictions, the number of violent crimes per 100,000 people has fallen from 5,937 in 2014 to 2,983 in 2016.
The NRA’s research group released a report last year that showed that a person who lives in a gun-free zone is 2.4 times more likely to die by gun.
That means that a home with a gun owner’s license is about a 15 percent less likely to kill someone than someone without one.
Gun-control advocates say they want to see more gun ownership restrictions put in place to prevent more people from becoming victims of gun violence, but that they’re still trying to build support for these measures in the public.