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Americans really like their guns. They own 42% of 650 million civilian firearms worldwide

By: Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY
October 3, 2017 Updated: October 3, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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photo - Though Nevada voters expanded gun background checks to private-party sales in a November 2016 ballot initiative, the state's attorney general contends that the checks cannot be put in place because the FBI says it won't handle the checks.
(Photo: Getty Images)
Though Nevada voters expanded gun background checks to private-party sales in a November 2016 ballot initiative, the state's attorney general contends that the checks cannot be put in place because the FBI says it won't handle the checks. (Photo: Getty Images) 

Las Vegas (59), Orlando (49), Virginia Tech (32), Newtown (26) — the number of people killed in mass shootings in the United States is growing.

With each incident comes renewed debate on the topic of guns: ownership rates, ease of access, how many people are dying, what needs to be done. While comparisons to other countries are imperfect, here's a look at how the U.S. stacks up against other countries.

Big on guns

The Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group, estimates national gun ownership rates range from a high of 90 firearms per every 100 people in the U.S., to one firearm or less for every 100 residents in South Korea and Ghana.

Yemen, the country with the second highest number of firearms per 100 people — 55 — is one of the Arab world's poorest countries and is fighting a bloody civil war. Americans own 42% of about 650 million civilian firearms worldwide, according to the Small Arms Survey.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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