Trends in American Gun Ownership

Trends in American Gun Ownership
Richard L. Legault
June 2008

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-267-0 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / viii, 170 pages

Price   $60.00


Using data from 16 years of the General Social Surveys, Legault examines changes in HGO over time. A number of hypotheses to explain changes in HGO reporting are evaluated and tested including differential reporting by men and women (Gender Gap), changes in household makeup and population, the urbanization of America, and an actual reduction in overall firearms ownership. These hypotheses are tested using logistic regression, logistic fixed-effects models, and changing parameter models. Results of these tests imply that recent reductions in HGO may not be as pronounced as once thought, and are due to a complex interplay of a variety of demographic changes in the U.S. population.

About the Author

Richard L. Legault is Co-Director of the Terrorism and Preparedness Survey Archive (TaPSA) at National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a DHS Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany in 2006 where he was also an Assistant Editor at the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics. Legault performs research in quantitative analysis of survey data, policy evaluation, data usage, and violence reduction strategies.