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Table 5 Reasons for firearm ownership among veterans, by firearm type

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

  % 95% CI
Own any gun primarily for protection against people 63.1 (58.2, 67.8)
Own primarily for protection, by type of firearm owned
 Protection as primary reason, own handgun(s) only 75.6 (64.8, 83.9)
 Protection as primary reason, own long gun(s) only 29.2 (19.1, 42.0)
 Protection as primary reason, own multiple gun types 69.5 (63.6, 74.9)
Reasons for handgun ownership (select all that apply)
 Protection against strangers 73.2 (67.9, 78.0)
 Protection against people I know 4.9 (3.2, 7.5)
 Protection against animals 18.3 (14.6, 22.7)
 Protection against unspecified 2.1 (1.0, 4.3)
 Hunting 23.2 (18.5, 28.8)
 Other sporting use 33.6 (28.5, 39.2)
 For a collection 19.8 (15.7, 24.6)
 Work 2.5 (1.2, 4.9)
 Inherited 1.4 (0.7, 2.8)
 Gift 1.1 (0.5, 2.6)
 Declaration of right 0.3 (0.0, 2.1)
 Other reason 7.9 (5.3, 11.5)
Reasons for long gun ownership (select all that apply)
 Protection against strangers 34.3 (29.1, 39.9)
 Protection against people I know 2.5 (1.4, 4.5)
 Protection against animals 14.7 (11.4, 18.7)
 Protection against unspecified 0.1 (0.0, 0.7)
 Hunting 59.7 (53.9, 65.2)
 Other sporting use 45.1 (39.5, 50.8)
 For a collection 28.0 (23.1, 33.4)
 Work 0.2 (0.0, 1.6)
 Inherited 2.9 (1.8, 4.9)
 Gift 2.1 (0.7, 6.6)
 Declaration of right 2.0 (0.9, 4.4)
 Other reason 4.1 (2.6, 6.4)