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Six million Americans carried guns daily in 2019, twice as many as in 2015

Added 11-25-22 07:09:02am EST - “The trend is expected to continue, after the supreme court ruling earlier this year overturning strict limits on public gun-carrying” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Six million Americans carried guns daily in 2019, twice as many as in 2015”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The trend is expected to continue, after the supreme court ruling earlier this year overturning strict limits on public gun-carrying

An estimated 6 million American adults carried a loaded handgun with them daily in 2019, double the number who said they carried a gun every day in 2015, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

The new estimates highlight a decades-long shift in American gun ownership, with increasing percentages of gun owners saying they own firearms for self-defense, not hunting or recreation, and choosing to carry a gun with them when they go out in public, said ​​Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, and the study’s lead author.

A landmark supreme court case this summer overturned a New York law that placed strict limits on public gun-carrying, ruling, for the first time, that Americans have a constitutional right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.

While recent surveys show that nearly a third of American adults say they personally own a gun, the percentage who choose to regularly carry a firearm in public is smaller, with about a third of handgun owners, or an estimated 16 million adults, saying they carried a loaded handgun in public at least once a month, and an estimated 6 million saying they did so daily, the study found.

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