Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Stuff to know about gun owners in North Carolina

By Katherine Rumbaugh, PPP Spring Fellow

More than half of all North Carolinians, 52%, report keeping some sort of firearm in their homes. Some things to keep in mind:
  • The National Rifle Association apparently doesn't recruit here. Only 10% of respondents said they belong to any sort of pro-gun rights organization.
  • The presence of young children doesn't seem to make a difference as to whether people own guns. 48% of people with kids under age 16 report having a gun in their home.
  • Men like guns more than women do. By a significant margin, men are more likely to belong to a pro-guns organization, keep a gun in their homes, use that gun for protection, or go hunting.
  • Don't break into these people's houses. 76% of those who own a gun reported that they keep it as a protective measure against criminals.
  • Don't talk to them about the results of the 2008 presidential, senate, or governor's races. They're probably not happy because nearly two-thirds of them are Republicans.
Full results here.

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