Kentucky Gun Ownership Rises 10 Percent. National Trend?

Poll: 12 percent of Kentuckians with kids keep a loaded, unsecured gun at home a headline blasts, complete with tea-cupped 1911. The story’s based on a Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky telephone poll of 1,580 randomly selected Bluegrass State residents.

The results are difficult to find (click here), unreliable and misleading. How old are these “kids”? Have they been taught gun safety? Anyway, here’s something more interesting . . .

KHIP asked, “Are any firearms kept in or around your home?” More than half of Kentucky adults (55%) said they had a firearm in or around their home. The last time KHIP asked this question in 2011, 45% of Kentucky adults said yes . . .

Among Kentucky adults who live in a home with a child, 6 in 10
(59%) reported having a firearm in or around the home. This is higher than in 2011 when 4 in 10 adults in homes with children (44%) had a firearm.

The civilian disarmament industrial complex would have you believe that the astounding rise in gun sales since the Obama administration first reared its ugly head is down to “super gun owners.”

They maintain that a hard core of gun owners are buying more guns, while the general public is turning their back on firearms ownership. In fact, they maintain the bizarre idea that American firearms ownership is decreasing.

These new stat puts paid to that idea — assuming (as we should) that Kentucky is not an outlier. We can extrapolate other fascinating facts from the poll.

Men (62%) were more likely than women (48%) to report having a firearm around their home.

I reckon that indicates that respondents are reluctant to tell researchers about their firearms ownership — to the point where they’ll deny it.

Many members of our Armed Intelligentsia have made this assertion in the past when analyzing Pew and other polling data on American firearms ownership.

Responses also varied by household income. About 6 in 10 Kentucky adults earning more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (62%) and between 138% and 200% FPG (60%) reported a firearm around their home. This compares with fewer than 5 in 10 adults (47%) in households earning less than 138% FPG.

Fewer than 4 in 10 Kentucky adults in urban counties (37%) reported having a firearm in or around their home. This compares with more than 6 in 10 adults in suburban (63%) and rural (62%)

Put those two results together and it’s reasonable to believe that Kentucky gun ownership divides along racial lines.

Another reason that the NRA, NAGR and others should launch initiatives to reach out to minority communities, so they may exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.


  1. avatar DrewR says:

    Low grip and teacupping? Even on an air soft that’s not ok. Anecdotal, so it doesn’t mean much, but I have heard no less than six people in the last month mention to gun store employees that they are searching for their first gun.

    1. avatar Robert w. says:

      Glad I’m not the only one who noticed the airsoft.

  2. avatar NorincoJay says:

    Considering kids now extend up to 26 years old it might not be that bad.

  3. avatar No one of consequence says:

    I, personally, tend to not respond to polls anyway, but for those who do…

    Could it mean gun owners are more likely to lie to a pollster when they think the political environment is more hostile to gun owners?

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      “12 percent of families with children”


      Half of them have guns loaded and ready for home defense. 90% of those lie to phone solicitors for privacy reasons.

      The half that don’t, 14% lie and say they do, in an effort to make gun owners look bad.

    2. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

      I’d say so. The hardest part of polling is designing a poll in which you can get honest information from. It’s always been known that people lie to pollsters.

    3. avatar Nigel the expat says:

      Yes. This has been discussed quite a bit. While some might be open about it, it seems the majority of commentors would not.

      Personally, telling random strangers about anything I do, or do not, have in my house sounds like a invitation to a bad thing.

      Like those folks on social media who post “I’ll be out of town for a month in Europe. Can someone please check on my house?”…then wonder why they get burglarized whilst on their trip.

      We have a community forum where I live. Here are some topics from the last year:

      “My home alarm is broken. Repair or replace?”

      “My rear slider won’t lock. Recommendation for a handyman?”

      “My garage door won’t go down. Good garage door company?”

      “Need a good dog-boarding place for while we are out of town next week.” (Double winner that one)

      Too many ‘on vacation’ post to even list.

  4. avatar LarryinTX says:

    “kids now extend up to 26 years old”

    Who told you that? My kids are 37 and 42. “Random telephone polls” are *ABSOLUTELY* accurate, 100% of the time they will demonstrate exactly what the person/group which is paying for them wish them to.

    1. avatar NorincoJay says:

      The 26 is based on kids being able to stay on their parents healthcare until that age. After that they have to grow up and get their own.

      1. avatar No one of consequence says:

        Until the limit is raised again.

  5. avatar HP says:

    The NAGR? Do they actually do anything at all other than fundraising? I’ve never heard of them doing a thing.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      I think nagging people for money is all they do. They chose a perfect acronym for themselves.

  6. avatar Jim Bobble says:

    1. Keep guns in or around the home? Where else would they be? In a storage shed somewhere?

    2. Urban areas in KY, like many (most?) states, are the home base of liberals. It is not surprising that fewer denizens of Louisville or Lexington report gun ownership than less urbanized areas. It’s also a good bet that many who do own guns don’t tell pollsters that. That falls in the category of “nunya.”

  7. “Put those two results together and it’s reasonable to believe that Kentucky gun ownership divides along racial lines.”


    Which race-baiting liberal gun grabber came up with this BS?

  8. avatar former water walker says:

    Golly where I live(south of Chicago and NW Indiana) I see lots of brown folks shooting and buying guns. I doubt most are rich(especially in Gary’s Westforth Guns). Priorities are priorities…yeah individual gun ownership is way up.

  9. avatar Steve in KY says:

    And yet we don’t have lots of toddlers shooting everyone? This is impossible, we should all be dead according to Moms and the Trace.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      We already are dead. The 100s of 1000s of mass shootings every day killed off the last human being in America sometime in 2003.

  10. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    In the states that treat gun owners pretty much the same way as the Nazis treated the Jews (compulsory registration with the authorities), the gun ownership statistics are undeniable. The number of active Illinois FOID cards continues to rise.

  11. avatar Reggie Browning says:

    I’ve always had loaded unsecured guns in my house with my sister’s kids living there. I keep them in my room, kids know to stay out of that room. No problems.

  12. avatar JoeVK says:

    Of the 5 firearms in my house, my son’s Henry is the only one unloaded, and my M&P15 is the only one without a round in the chamber. The rest are loaded with a round chambered at all times. If my kids want to look at or touch any of them, they ask, then let my wife or myself retrieve and unload them first. However, we don’t leave the kids home alone, because you never know.

  13. avatar TommyJay says:

    I heard that grip referred to as a “cup and saucer” grip. Similar but more descriptive, I think.

  14. avatar Joe R. says:

    Personal trend.

    Don’t want anything to do with broke di<K might as well be (D)-ish Kentucky
    F KY in their mcconnell voting a_ _.

  15. avatar Joe R. says:

    Gun looks airsoft?

    Grip looks airsoft-pro?

    1. avatar JoeVK says:

      Either that, or Xzibit modified it. “Yo dawg, I herd you like shootin’, so I put a barrel in yo barrel so you can shoot while you shoot.”

  16. avatar Joe R. says:

    .22 conv?

    Doesn’t count in the 10%.

  17. avatar Ralph says:

    “the NRA, NAGR and others should launch initiatives to reach out to minority communities”

    I have a better idea. Why doesn’t TTAG physically go into minority communities and preach the gospel. Just let us know what you’d like done with your bodies if and when they’re found.

  18. avatar Hannibal says:

    “Men (62%) were more likely than women (48%) to report having a firearm around their home.

    I reckon that indicates that respondents are reluctant to tell researchers about their firearms ownership — to the point where they’ll deny it.”

    Huh? You know that there are plenty of single men and women out there able to answer polls, right?

  19. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    I have seen open carriers ever where in southern Kentucky. I have seen an increase in visitors at gun stores and gun ranges. I never had to wait at a gun range five years ago. But in 2015 the ranges started to get crowded here. Gun culture is very strong here. Homosexual Mayor, Jim Gray in Lexington is a freedom hater. He wants my guns, but he will keep his dads guns because he likes them.

    Here in Kentucky the NRA is king. We are number 5 out of 50 for best state for gun owners according to Guns and Ammo magazine.

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