Some Americans are becoming more comfortable with the idea of owning guns, with the number of firearms owned in the United States now at its highest level since the mid-1980s, according to new data.
The number of guns owned has increased for the first time since the late 1990s, reaching a record high of 8.6 million in 2016, according the latest data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
The foundation also said that gun ownership has increased by 4% in the past year.
The data comes from the annual survey of firearm owners.
It covers more than 50,000 Americans and was conducted between November 4 and November 15, the foundation said.
The survey was conducted by the nonpartisan group Shooting Tracker.
The NRA, which was responsible for developing the survey, said the findings showed a significant increase in gun ownership over the past decade.
Gun ownership peaked in the late 2000s, after a decade of declining gun deaths.
The group noted that the gun control measures of the Obama administration and President Donald Trump, including tougher restrictions on guns, have increased gun ownership in the nation’s capital.
The president has been a vocal proponent of gun ownership, saying he wanted to “get rid of the gun show loophole.”