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Table 3 Demographic characteristics of veteran gun owners by firearm type

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

  Owns only handgun(s) Owns only long gun(s) Owns multiple types
  % 95% CI % 95% CI: % 95% CI:
All veteran gun owners (n = 159) 22.8 (18.2, 28.0) 20.7 (16.7, 25.4) 56.5 (51.1, 61.8)
Age
 18–29 (n = 4) 23.2 (6.5, 60.0) 23.4 (5.9, 59.8) 53.4 (23.3, 81.3)
 30–44 (n = 13) 18.0 (7.5, 48.3) 22.2 (8.0, 48.3) 59.8 (38.7, 77.8)
 45–59 (n = 40) 25.7 (16.2, 38.2) 18.6 (11.7, 28.1) 55.8 (44.4, 66.6)
 60+ (n = 103) 22.2 (16.9, 28.6) 21.3 (16.5, 26.9) 56.6 (50.0, 62.9)
Sex
 Male (n = 152) 23.1 (18.4, 28.6) 21.0 (16.8, 25.8) 55.9 (50.4, 61.4)
 Female (n = 8) 17.0 (7.1, 35.6) 16.0 (6.5, 34.4) 67.0 (46.8, 82.4)
Race
 Non-Hispanic white (n = 133) 17.7 (14.1, 22.0) 22.3 (17.8, 27.6) 60.0 (54.5, 65.3)
 Non-Hispanic Black (n = 14) 67.1 (42.7, 84.8) 8.4 (2.8, 22.9) 24.6 (9.9, 49.1)
 Non-Hispanic other (n = 6) 23.6 (5.6, 61.6) 17.7 (5.6, 43.5) 58.8 (30.9, 82.0)
 Hispanic (n = 7) 31.4 (15.3, 53.6) 16.7 (6.5, 36.5) 51.9 (32.1, 71.1)
Marital status
 Married/Partnered (n = 124) 22.0 (17.4, 27.4) 20.6 (16.4, 25.5) 57.4 (51.7, 62.9)
 Widowed/Separated (n = 30) 22.7 (11.3, 40.5) 22.1 (11.9, 37.5) 55.1 (39.8, 69.6)
 Never married (n = 6) 39.1 (15.3, 69.6) 15.3 (4.0, 44.0) 45.6 (18.0, 76.2)
Child under 18yo in the household
 Yes (n = 22) 25.7 (16.1, 38.4) 23.2 (14.0, 35.9) 51.1 (38.5, 63.6)
 No (n = 138) 22.3 (17.4, 28.1) 20.3 (16.0, 25.4) 57.4 (51.4, 63.1)
Grew up with a firearm in the home
 Yes (n = 118) 16.4 (12.0, 22.1) 20.3 (16.2, 25.1) 63.3 (57.3, 68.8)
 No (n = 35) 40.2 (28.4, 53.2) 23.5 (13.5, 37.6) 36.4 (25.8, 48.5)
 Don’t know/refused (n = 5) 47.5 (22.7, 73.5) 12.1 (2.5, 42.5) 40.4 (18.0, 67.6)
Education
 Less than High School (n = 4) 25.2 (7.7, 57.6) 10.0 (2.3, 34.3) 64.9 (34.9, 86.4)
 High school/some college (n = 112) 24.1 (18.4, 30.9) 18.8 (14.4, 24.1) 57.1 (50.5, 63.6)
 BA or more (n = 42) 19.0 (12.7, 27.3) 27.0 (18.7, 37.2) 54.1 (44.7, 63.2)
Community
 Urban (n = 29) 38.2 (25.6, 52.6) 15.7 (9.4, 25.1) 46.1 (33.8, 59.0)
 Suburban (n = 71) 21.3 (16.1, 27.6) 19.1 (14.2, 25.2) 59.6 (52.6, 66.2)
 Rural (n = 58) 16.5 (9.8, 26.6) 25.4 (17.6, 35.1) 58.1 (48.0, 67.6)
Political views
 Liberal (n = 19) 22.8 (13.2, 36.5) 21.4 (12.3, 34.6) 55.8 (41.8, 69.0)
 Moderate (n = 58) 28.5 (20.8, 37.6) 18.1 (12.7, 25.1) 53.5 (44.9, 61.8)
 Conservative (n = 80) 18.9 (12.9, 26.7) 22.7 (16.7, 30.2) 58.4 (50.3, 66.1)
Geographic region
 Northeast (n = 21) 20.9 (11.3, 35.3) 27.6 (17.3, 41.1) 51.5 (37.5, 65.2)
 Midwest (n = 32) 14.9 (9.3, 23.1) 27.8 (18.7, 39.2) 57.3 (46.2, 67.6)
 South (n = 74) 28.7 (21.0, 37.9) 15.8 (10.5, 23.0) 55.5 (46.9, 63.9)
 West (n = 32) 18.0 (11.6, 26.7) 20.6 (12.9, 31.2) 61.5 (50.8, 71.2)
Branch of service
 Army (n = 77) 22.7 (16.2, 30.8) 16.9 (11.9, 23.4) 60.4 (52.2, 68.1)
 Navy (n = 30) 26.3 (15.4, 41.0) 21.1 (13.5, 31.4) 52.6 (40.4, 64.5)
 Air Force (n = 30) 21.4 (13.9, 31.4) 20.7 (13.8, 29.9) 57.9 (47.8, 67.4)
 Marine Corps (n = 14) 21.6 (8.9, 43.7) 35.3 (17.0, 59.3) 43.1 (25.0, 63.1)
 Coast Guard (n = 3) 8.9 (0.1, 61.6) 35.0 (3.4, 89.2) 56.0 (10.8, 93.1)
Recent military service
 Yes (n = 18) 27.3 (15.4, 43.6) 11.8 (5.3, 24.3) 60.9 (45.4, 74.4)
 No (n = 140) 22.3 (17.5, 28.0) 21.4 (17.1, 26.5) 56.3 (50.5, 62.0)
Use VHA services
 Yes (n = 36) 24.5 (16.7, 34.4) 19.6 (11.5, 31.3) 55.9 (44.9, 66.4)
 No (n = 122) 22.3 (17.0, 28.7) 21.1 (16.7, 26.4) 56.6 (50.3, 62.7)
  1. VHA, Veterans Health Administration. “Use VHA services” indicates a veteran who reports receiving any healthcare through the VHA in the last 12 months
  2. Recent veterans include those whose last year of active duty was 2002 or later
  3. All n’s are reported based on weighted values