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Table 2 Demographic characteristics of veterans in the 2015 National Firearm Survey, by firearm ownership

From: Firearm ownership among American veterans: findings from the 2015 National Firearm Survey

  Firearm owner
% (95% CI)
Non-owner, lives with firearm owner
% (95% CI)
Non-owner, does not live with firearm owner
% (95% CI)
All veterans (weighted n = 384) 44.9 (41.3, 48.6) 3.4 (2.0, 5.5) 51.7 (48.0, 55.4)
Age, years
 18–29 (n = 19) 26.5 (13.8, 44.9) 1.1 (0.1,7.4) 72.4 (54.0, 85.5)
 30–44 (n = 51) 28.2 (19.6, 38.8) 7.9 (2.2, 24.9) 63.9 (51.6, 74.6)
 45–59 (n = 99) 43.4 (36.3, 50.8) 3.7 (1.9, 7.0) 52.9 (45.5, 60.3)
 60+ (n = 215) 51.2 (46.6, 55.8) 2.4 (1.3, 4.3) 46.4 (41.9, 51.0)
Sex
 Male (n = 346) 47.2 (43.4, 51.0) 2.2 (1.3, 3.5) 50.7 (46.8, 54.5)
 Female (n = 38) 24.4 (15.8, 35.8) 14.4 (5.5, 32.5) 61.2 (46.6, 74.0)
Race/Ethnicity
 Non-Hispanic White (n = 301) 47.8 (43.8, 51.8) 1.9 (1.2, 3.1) 50.3 (46.3, 54.3)
 Non-Hispanic Black (n = 44) 36.2 (23.4, 51.4) 10.5 (3.2, 28.9) 53.4 (38.7, 67.5)
 Non-Hispanic, other (n = 15) 38.9 (22.6, 58.2) 10.3 (3.1, 29.1) 50.8 (32.1, 69.3)
 Hispanic (n = 24) 29.2 (19.2, 41.7) 4.3 (1.2, 14.1) 66.5 (53.7, 77.3)
Marital Status
 Married / Partnered (n = 276) 47.9 (43.7, 52.2) 3.9 (2.2, 6.8) 48.2 (43.9, 52.5)
 Widowed / Separated (n = 72) 45.7 (36.8, 55.0) 2.1 (0.6, 7.7) 52.1 (42.9, 61.1)
 Never married (n = 35) 19.7 (11.2, 32.3) 1.4 (0.4, 5.7) 78.9 (66.6, 87.5)
Children under 18 years in household
 No (n = 64) 46.9 (42.9, 51.0) 2.4 (1.5, 3.9) 50.7 (46.6, 54.7)
 Yes (n = 320) 34.9 (27.2, 43.5) 8.3 (3.1, 20.6) 56.8 (47.2, 65.9)
Grew up with a gun in the household
 Yes (n = 233) 55.8 (51.1,60.3) 3.5 (1.8,6.8) 40.7 (36.2,45.4)
 No (n = 128) 29.0 (23.3,35.4) 3.2 (1.4,7.1) 67.9 (61.3,73.8)
 Don’t know/refused (n = 23) 24.3 (13.2,40.4) 2.8 (0.6,11.5) 73.0 (56.5,84.9)
Education
 Less than high school (n = 12) 40.3 (22.6, 60.8) 1.6 (0.2, 10.9) 58.1 (38.7, 75.4)
 High school / some college (n = 266) 46.0 (41.5, 50.5) 2.6 (1.6, 4.2) 51.5 (46.9, 56.0)
 Bachelor’s degree or more (n = 106) 42.9 (36.5, 49.5) 5.6 (2.2, 13.4) 51.5 (44.7, 58.3)
Community type
 Rural (n = 107) 59.3 (51.7, 66.4) 4.1 (1.9, 8.9) 36.6 (29.6, 44.2)
 Urban (n = 88) 35.3 (28.1, 43.2) 2.2 (0.7, 6.7) 62.5 (54.5, 69.8)
 Suburban (n = 187) 41.6 (36.9, 46.5) 3.5 (1.6, 7.4) 54.9 (49.9, 59.8)
Political views
 Liberal (n = 54) 39.0 (30.4,48.3) 1.5 (0.4,5.1) 59.6 (50.2,68.3)
 Moderate (n = 157) 41.4 (36.1,47.0) 5.8 (3.1,10.5) 52.8 (47.1,58.4)
 Conservative (n = 166) 50.5 (44.6,56.3) 1.8 (0.6,5.1) 47.7 (41.9,53.6)
U.S. Region
 Northeast (n = 57) 42.1 (33.3, 51.3) 1.3 (0.4, 4.1) 56.6 (47.4, 65.5)
 Midwest (n = 86) 38.6 (31.8, 46.0) 4.5 (2.2, 8.8) 56.9 (49.4, 64.1)
 South (n = 152) 52.3 (46.1, 58.5) 4.3 (1.8, 9.7) 43.4 (37.4, 49.7)
 West (n = 88) 40.2 (33.4, 47.5) 2.1 (0.8, 5.8) 57.7 (50.3, 64.7)
Service Branch
 Army (n = 179) 45.7 (40.3, 51.3) 3.7 (1.6, 8.1) 50.6 (45.0, 56.2)
 Navy (n = 78) 44.6 (36.9, 52.4) 1.7 (0.7, 4.1) 53.8 (45.9, 61.5)
 Air Force (n = 75) 45.8 (38.6, 53.2) 5.6 (2.4, 12.5) 48.6 (41.1, 56.2)
 Marine Corps (n = 37) 48.4 (35.1, 61.9) 3.3 (1.0, 10.6) 48.3 (35.0, 61.9)
 Coast Guard (n = 5) 52.8 (20.8, 82.6) (none) 47.2 (17.4, 79.2)
Recent military servicea
 No (n = 329) 45.5 (41.7, 49.4) 2.5 (1.6, 3.8) 52.0 (48.1, 56.0)
 Yes (n = 47) 40.5 (30.3, 51.6) 10.5 (3.4, 28.0) 49.0 (37.5, 60.6)
Use of VHA services in past yearb
 None (n = 295) 44.4 (40.3, 48.7) 3.4 (1.8, 6.0) 52.2 (47.9, 56.5)
 For some care (n = 86) 50.5 (40.0, 61.0) 0.7 (0.1, 4.6) 48.8 (38.4, 59.4)
 For all care (n = 43) 42.9 (32.7, 53.9) 6.2 (2.4, 15.0) 50.9 (40.0, 61.7)
  1. VHA Veterans Health Administration, CI confidence interval
  2. aRecent service includes Veterans whose last year of active duty was 2002 or later
  3. bIndicates utilization of any VHA healthcare services
  4. All n’s are reported based on survey weights