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U.S. Gun Owners Outnumbered Hunters by 5 to 1 in 2011
cns news ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | Patrick Burke

Posted on 02/04/2013 4:32:13 PM PST by EXCH54FE

In 2011, gun owners in the United States outnumbered hunters by 5 to 1.

There were 13.7 million hunters in the United States over age 16 -- 12.7 million of whom used rifles, shotguns or handguns for hunting, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

That means hunters constituted only 15.9 to 18.1 percent of the estimated 70-80 million gun owners in the U.S. in 2011 -- the latest year for which statistics are available.

In a Dec. 28 national report, USF&W said 13.7 million individuals over age 16 self-identified as hunters, and that 12.7 million used guns (shotguns, rifles or handguns) while hunting.

Another 2.9 million hunters used antique muzzleloaders to hunt, but according to USF&W, there is overlap between this figure and other figures due to self-reporting.

Around 4.5 million hunted with bows and arrows.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment; youwillnotdisarmus

1 posted on 02/04/2013 4:32:18 PM PST by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

I wish that all these writers and politicians would stop equating gun ownership with hunting! The last time I looked there was NOTHING about hunting in the Constitution.


2 posted on 02/04/2013 4:39:52 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: EXCH54FE

Because the right to keep and bear arms ain’t about hunting, Jack.


3 posted on 02/04/2013 4:41:36 PM PST by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of freedom only to see marxism elected at home.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
U.S. Gun Owners Outnumbered Hunters by 5 to 1 in 2011...the whole "no one needs an assault weapon to go hunting" is a straw man anyway - most people probably want assault weapons simply because they're the best available to fire and practive with - just like some people want Porsches to drive - you'll get there just as well in a VW, but it's more fun in a Porsche.......
4 posted on 02/04/2013 4:44:56 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: EXCH54FE
According to a Gallup poll from October 2011, 47 percent of all Americans reported ownership of a gun in their home or on their property. Gallup estimated that 34 percent of Americans age 18 and over personally own a gun.

There are an estimated 315 million people in the US and 115 million households. Realizing the the 70-80 million number comes from the NRA -- only 70-80 gun owners still sounds low.

5 posted on 02/04/2013 4:52:32 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: ronnyquest
If you go down the path of the Second Amendment, it is geared towards a political right to be able to own weapons suitable for overthrowing the government if necessary.So if gun owners in the United States outnumbered hunters by 5 to 1 you can bet most are protecting house and home or protecting there 2nd Amendment rights. MOLON LABE
6 posted on 02/04/2013 5:01:34 PM PST by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416)
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To: Sooth2222

There are a lot of guns in America that have never required any kind of registration. In fact most guns are probably in that category.

I don’t think I know anyone who owns just one gun.


7 posted on 02/04/2013 5:05:51 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EXCH54FE

And US gun owners are going to outnumber Ubama’s armed brown shirts 100 to 1.


8 posted on 02/04/2013 5:20:04 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

“but it’s more fun in a Porsche”

Having owned several over the past 45 years, I’ll
second that!


9 posted on 02/04/2013 5:43:41 PM PST by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: ronnyquest

Yes, nobody is going gently to the re-education camp or the mandatory volunteer work camp.


10 posted on 02/04/2013 6:14:55 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: EXCH54FE

It’s not about hunting. Which word don’t Liberals understand?


11 posted on 02/04/2013 6:30:27 PM PST by YHAOS
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To: EXCH54FE

I imagine that a good number of these gun owners are former hunters. I’m one of them. I have not hunted in years but I still own my guns.


12 posted on 02/04/2013 7:09:56 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell

The Fudds among us need to realize that hunting rifles & field shotguns are not immune to gungrabbers’ tender mercies.

Scope sighted rifle: “Medium range sniper weapon, ban it.”

Pump/Autoloader shotgun: “Rapid firing street sweeper, ban it.”

Large caliber revolver: “Dangerous concealable handgun, ban it.”

Been watching this gun control s*** ever since the JFK assassination. Those people will “never let a good crisis go to waste”.


13 posted on 02/04/2013 7:32:25 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: cripplecreek
I don’t think I know anyone who owns just one gun.

Biden and Kerry each said they owned one shotgun each. The only gun owners I've ever heard of that only own one gun.

14 posted on 02/04/2013 7:36:38 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Inyo-Mono

I would say that the average is between 3 and 5 for most people in this area with some owning considerably more.


15 posted on 02/04/2013 7:40:51 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: elcid1970
Hunter AK

I purchased it around 20 years ago. It came with 3 5 rounds magazines. At 200 meters, the range limit, I could consistently get it in the black. I've not fired it for several years though. It's Chinese but it is milled and the barrel is chrome lined.

16 posted on 02/04/2013 7:49:05 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell

You really know how to hurt a guy. Missed opportunity.

Blue steel, wood stock. What else should a gun be made of?


17 posted on 02/04/2013 8:52:59 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: EXCH54FE

“A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.”~Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


18 posted on 02/04/2013 9:35:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: elcid1970

The finest, most high tech yet reliable and durable materials to hand, of course.

Blue steel and wood are too high maintenance.


19 posted on 02/04/2013 11:00:22 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: EXCH54FE

This is almost a complete 180 from where it was in 1993. Then it was hunters dominating the percentages - which was why they were able to get the bans through with the support of the Fudds.

Not so much any more.


20 posted on 02/04/2013 11:03:02 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: YHAOS

“It’s not about hunting. Which word don’t Liberals understand?”

They know. At least, their leaders do. They want to frame guns in a hunting context to delegitimize their true 2nd Amendment purpose. It’s what scares them the most. (Hint: “Romanian Term Limits”)


21 posted on 02/05/2013 3:26:18 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: PLMerite

Should not have left off the /s tag. Sorry. My fault.


22 posted on 02/05/2013 10:23:00 AM PST by YHAOS
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To: YHAOS

No worries. I try to point that out whenever I can, just for practice. A lot of Low Intelligence Voters actually do believe it so I set them straight whenever I think it’s safe to do so.


23 posted on 02/05/2013 11:30:26 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: YHAOS

And I didn’t mean to imply that you’re a L.I.V. :)


24 posted on 02/05/2013 11:31:59 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: PLMerite
"And I didn’t mean to imply that you’re a L.I.V. :)"

No worries! ( ^8 }

25 posted on 02/05/2013 2:44:09 PM PST by YHAOS
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