Millennials Still Eschew Guns

The 2014 General Social Survey is now publicly available, so I have updated the charts that appear in my earlier postings on gun ownership by age and “generation.”

Younger millennials still show the lowest rates of gun ownership of any group in the survey.  Older millennials look more like their GenX age peers.  As I discussed in my earlier pieces on this subject, this could be a “life-cycle” effect where people buy guns as they age, though older generations did not show such trends.

It is still the case that millennials under thirty who were interviewed in 2012 and 2014 show higher ownership rates than those interviewed in 2008 or 2010.


However the growth in ownership we saw among the youngest groups between 2008 and 2012 seems to have reached a plateau in 2014.