These are the most popular guns made in the US, and how many Americans own them
- After mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the public and politicians are calling for stricter gun-control laws.
- The US has by far the highest civilian gun ownership of any country, according to the Small Arms Survey, and US firearms manufacturers made over 11 million guns in 2016.
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After the recent, devastating shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, new conversations about gun regulations have begun. But it's hard to paint a complete picture of gun ownership in the US, because gun laws are different from state to state.
Information about gun manufacturing helps us understand what kinds of guns are being produced and sold in and exported from and imported to the US.
In 2016, US manufacturers made 11,497,441 firearms, including 4,239,335 rifles, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. That's an increase of more than 2 million weapons from the previous year.
Check out the slides below for insight into American gun ownership and manufacturing.