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US gun owners: male, white, married, living in south

Co-owners of the National Armory gun store, help a customer as he shops for a rifle on January 16, 2013 in Florida
Jeff Dillard (C) and Dr. Gary Lampert (R), co-owners of the National Armory gun store, help Richard Fuller as he shops for an AR-15 rifle on January 16, 2013 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Gun owners in the US tend to be male, white, married and living in the

Gun owners in the United States tend to be male, white, married and living in the south, according to a study published Friday by Gallup.

Men are three times more likely than women to own a gun, the analysis of surveys of some 6,000 people from 2007 to 2012 found.

About 30 percent of Americans said they personally own a gun, and 14 percent said they live in a household with a gun.

The study found that gun owners were more likely to be: non-Hispanic white rather than blacks or Latinos; married than single; living in the south than the north; over 50 than a youth; and Republicans than Democrats.

Gallup also found that the largest category of gun owners were married men in the south (64 percent of gun owners), followed by white men in the south (61 percent). In last place were single women not in the south (10 percent) just behind non-white women (12 percent).

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