U.S. citizens possess some 40 percent of the world’s firearms, despite making up only about 4 percent of the global population, according to a recent study.
The Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies published the findings of its 2017 Small Arms Survey on Monday, reportedly based on various sources, including civilian firearms registration data from 133 countries and territories and poll responses from 56 countries. The results appeared to show more than 1 billion firearms in the world, nearly 85 percent of which were owned by civilians, defined as those not active members of any law enforcement agency or military.
Of the 857 million civilian-owned guns noted, 393 million could be found in the U.S., a country of just over 325.7 million people in a world of about 7.6 billion. The U.S. was the only country on the list with more guns than people and had more than the next 25 countries combined as the Agence France-Presse reported.