In 2018, Small Arms Survey reported that there are over one billion small arms distributed globally, of which 857 million (about 85 percent) are in civilian hands.
U.S. civilians alone account for 393 million (about 46 percent) of the worldwide total of civilian held firearms. This amounts to "120.5 firearms for every 100 residents."
According to the report, the world's armed forces control about 133 million (about 13 percent) of the global total of small arms, of which over 43 percent belong to two countries: the Russian Federation (30.3 million) and China (27.5 million). And, the world's law enforcement agencies control about 23 million (about 2 percent) of the global total of small arms.
Source: Small Arms Survey
Americans' desire for stricter gun laws remains majority opinion yet has recently fallen to the lowest point since 2014.
The prompt is: In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of fire arms should be made more strict, less strict or kept as they are now?
Source: Gallup Poll