Error in Survey Reporting of Household Gun Ownership

Richard L. Legault, University at Albany

The use of surveys is one of the few ways to determine the extent of firearms ownership in the United States. The findings from such surveys have implications for both firearms research and policy. Using data from the 2000 General Social Survey, the author examines the possibility of error in the reporting of household firearms ownership. Strong and significant differences in ownership reporting based upon a number of demographic variables are found through the use of contingency tables. These reporting discrepancies are further analyzed by logistic regression.

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