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By the numbers: Guns in America

By Amy Roberts, CNN
updated 1:31 PM EDT, Thu August 9, 2012
There were 310 million nonmilitary firearms in the United States as of 2009, according to federal figures.
There were 310 million nonmilitary firearms in the United States as of 2009, according to federal figures.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 60% -- Americans who supported a handgun ban in 1959
  • 26% -- Americans who supported a handgun ban in 2011
  • 5,400 -- licensed firearms manufacturers in the U.S. in 2011
  • 310 million -- Total number of nonmilitary firearms in the U.S. as of 2009

(CNN) -- Following the mass shootings in a Colorado movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the debate over gun control has been reignited: How should the country balance its constitutional right to bear arms with access to deadly firepower?

Here's a look by the numbers on guns in the United States and Americans' attitudes toward them.

26 -- Percentage of Americans who favor a handgun ban, a record low, according to a 2011 Gallup Poll.

60 -- Percentage who supported a ban in 1959, the first year Gallup asked this question.

47 -- Percentage of Americans who told Gallup in 2011 that they had at least one gun at home.

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At least 41 -- Percentage increase in background checks for new gun owners in Aurora, Colorado, on the weekend after shootings there.

56 -- Number of votes in the Senate that the assault weapons ban received in 1994.

19 -- Types of military-style weapons affected by the ban.

10 -- Years the assault weapons ban was in effect until it expired.

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40 -- Percentage of guns sold through unlicensed, private sellers.

5,400 -- Licensed firearms manufacturers in the United States in 2011.

310 million -- Total number of nonmilitary firearms in the United States as of 2009.

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$75 or less -- Retail price of a low-caliber handgun.

At least $1,500 -- Retail price of a "higher-end" shotgun or rifle.

49 -- Percentage of Americans who said in 2011 that protecting gun-ownership rights was important.

46 -- Percentage who thought gun control was more important.

58 -- Percentage polled in 2011 after the shootings in Tucson, Arizona, that felt mass shootings were mainly isolated events carried out by "troubled individuals."

16,799 -- Homicides in the United States in 2009.

11,493 -- Homicides by firearm in 2009.

150,000 -- Brady Act background checks in 2009 that led to the rejection of a potential gun buyer's application.

39 -- Percentage of applications denied by states because of a felony conviction or indictment.

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