Pros and Cons of Gun Ownership for Home Security

“When it comes to keeping a gun in your home for home security reasons, it’s important to understand firearms should be used as a very last resort and only when your life or the life of another is truly threatened.”

Gun Ownership in the Home

Should you get a gun for home defense? Before deciding, consider the evidence.

Gun ownership is both a basic American right and one of the most contentious social and political issues of the day. There are about 300 million privately-owned firearms in the US‐which works out to roughly one gun for every man, woman and child in America‐with nearly a third of the population owning at least one gun. 1 Many of these firearms were bought with home protection in mind, which makes sense: in the right circumstances, a gun can be your first and most effective line of defense against intruders and criminals. But is it the best choice for you?

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