A recent survey conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that the number and types of firearms in the U.S. has grown dramatically in the last decade.
A record number of Americans own guns.
They are more commonly purchased and stored in homes, in cars, and in other ways than a decade ago.
They also are more accessible and are more frequently used in crimes.
Some gun owners may feel they have no choice but to comply with a law that allows gun owners to carry concealed handguns in public.
The new data, however, highlights the importance of considering the types of guns people own.
Gun owners in New York, for example, owned 5.5 million firearms in 2016, and they used them for nearly 50,000 crimes.
The same state had a homicide rate of 12.6 per 100,000 residents in 2016.
In New Jersey, the homicide rate was 6.4 per 100 on average in 2016 compared to 11.7 per 100 in 2016 in the state.
The state also had a murder rate of 3.9 per 100 people.
The number of homicides per 100 registered gun owners was a little higher in the District of Columbia, where gun ownership has skyrocketed.
In 2016, the District had a rate of 13.6, but it was nearly three times higher than the national rate of 5.3.
In a similar study done in 2013, the Washington Post found that only 2.5 percent of gun owners were known to be domestic abusers.
In 2017, gun owners in the Washington, D.C., area had an average of 17.5 guns in their homes, the lowest of any city in the country.
New York City, by comparison, had an owner count of 9.4 million guns.
There were also large increases in gun ownership in rural and suburban areas of the country in the 20th century.
In 1910, only 4.3 percent of households owned guns in those areas, but by 2017, that number had grown to more than 20 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In rural areas, however the number increased even more, from 7.8 percent to 15.3, and urban areas, from 11.4 percent to 24.4.
These data highlight the need for careful analysis of gun ownership patterns, because they show that guns can be a form of self-defense in the event of an emergency.
In fact, the National Institute of Justice found that, when a person is attacked, the first response is usually to defend themselves, but that the second and third responses are less frequent.
It is important to remember that the vast majority of firearm owners in rural areas have guns.
In most rural areas the majority of the population has access to a gun, and it is very unlikely that an individual with no background in firearms would be able to purchase a gun from a private seller.
The Centers for Health and Human Services has released new statistics on gun ownership rates, and the numbers show that rural areas are among the least gun-friendly areas in the nation.
In the Northeast, where the most people live, gun ownership is at a nearly 40-year low.
But the number in rural New York is growing.
Gun ownership is higher in rural Wisconsin than in the Midwest and has increased in the Northeast as well.
Gun-owning households in rural Minnesota are far more likely to own guns than those in rural Iowa.
In some rural communities, guns are also a form.
Guns are also an important tool in rural crime.
In Washington, DC, more than one in four residents own guns, while in New Mexico, the figure is nearly one in five.
The national average for the number, type and location of firearms per household is 5.9, and rural areas in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming have the lowest rates.
The rural areas that are most gun-naive also have the highest gun-related crime rates, the data shows.
In Wyoming, for instance, guns account for more than half of the murder cases.
The FBI defines a rural area as one with fewer than 25 percent of its population living in the area.
According to the Center on Law and Poverty, the top 10 percent of counties in the United States have a murder murder rate in excess of 20 per 100 residents.
In Alaska, the number is a little more modest at 8.8 per 100.
The top 10 per cent of counties have a crime rate that is almost five times higher.
This is because the counties are so small and isolated, and because the police and fire departments in these areas are so poorly trained.
Gun deaths are also on the rise in rural counties in some states.
For example, in Alaska, there are currently more than 5,000 firearm deaths each year.
In Iowa, there have been more than 1,300 firearm deaths.
Gun fatalities are on the decline nationally, but in the states that have seen the highest rates of