Williams Institute issues report on LGBT gun ownership and attitudes
by David Taffet
November 20, 2018
Williams Institute released a report on LGB gun ownership and attitudes on gun control as part of a series of studies relating to the community and gun violence.
LGB people are about half as likely to have guns at home and are more likely to support gun control policies such as background checks.
About 18.8 percent of LGB adults have a gun in the home compared to 35.1 percent of heterosexuals. Of the LGB survey respondents, that breaks down to about 17 percent of males and 20 percent of females. Among straight adults, 40 percent of men and 31 percent of women had guns at home.
The report says gun violence is a significant problem for LGBT people, but “the extent to which guns contribute to LGBT morbidity and mortality is currently unknown.”
Non-Hispanic whites are more likely to have guns than Latinx, black, Asian and other groups regardless of sexual orientation.