The Right to Keep and Bear as MANY Arms as You Want?

Briefly: I know of no local, state, or federal laws that limit how many guns you can own, as long as you can legally own guns.

Correct me if I am wrong, please.

People are often shocked at the number of guns people own. According to the 2015 National Firearms Survey (NFS), the average household with any guns has 8. I’ve written before about how easy it is for a normal gun owning individual or household to accumulate an “arsenal” based on different types of guns and different types of shooting. To say nothing of people who are collectors.

The NFS also reported that 3% of “super-gun owners” own 50% of the American civilian arsenal. After writing a story about this on the Michael Bloomberg funded gun newsadvocacy outlet The Trace, Lois Beckett appeared on NPR and made clear that we should not be fearful of these Gun Super-Owners. Robert Siegel asked her, “Is there any evidence that being a super-owner is linked to increased gun violence, whether of suicide or homicide?” She answered, “No, there’s no evidence of that,” and even allowed for the possibility that super-owners “might be a lot safer.”

3% of Americans would be about 10% of gun owning individuals. If they own half of all guns, then probably 20% of gun owning individuals own 80% of all guns, which follows the 80/20 rule that 80% of something is dominated by the 20% most interested. Plus or minus whatever percentage.



  1. Does the 1st Amendment limit the number of words one can speak? No. Similarly, the 2nd Amendment does not limit the number of firearms one can own.

    With the notable exception of the Las Vegas tragedy, owners of multiple firearms are not using them concurrently. Being able to use dozens of firearms in a single incident is extremely unwieldy and extremely unlikely, IMO.


    • My concern with people who own a lot of guns is the question of theft, which is a major source of diversion to the criminal element. I don’t care how many guns someone owns and in fact, have my own wish list. I do care if they all fall into the hands of meth-heads in Albuquerque. I don’t object to a safe storage ordinance and am pretty sure that would pass 2A muster.

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      • I understand your concern on that, and I store my firearms accordingly (not that I have an “arsenal” or any sort). However, I know of no rules anywhere against having a large quantity of anything based on the possibility of theft.


      • Your follow-up makes more sense. I’m against safe storage -laws- as it blames the victim. I am in favor of educating people and encouraging safe-storage -practices- as they are just common sense.

        If a door has a lock, lock it if you aren’t actively passing through it and can’t see it at all times (I even lock the back door when I’m in the front yard for instance). For any valuable, but particularly for something with potential to harm in the wrong hands: guns, potentially dangerous (legal) drugs, car keys, etc, if it isn’t on your person or under your direct control, think about securing it better than just leaving it out on the counter when you aren’t around.

        (one of my) My bete noire(s) is people with “car guns” who have them in a console or glove box and leave them parked outside overnight, much less leave the gun unsecured while out of the car for more than a few minutes. Lockboxes that cable or bolt to a car are cheap and will pretty much prevent losing your gun to the most common kind of car break-in, the “smash and grab” where the thief is in and out in a couple seconds without real tools.

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      • I don’t see it as blaming the victim as much as a social contract. I can keep all the firepower I want, subject to state and federal laws, and the neighborhood doesn’t have to worry about it being carted off by thieves. Same reason I would put a fence around a swimming pool in the back yard to keep some neighbor’s kid from ending up floating belly up.

        We had a high school kid up here a few years ago who thought it sporting to break into houses. He was picking up firearms that were just lying around people’s homes because folks mistake Los Alamos for Lake Wobegon. He was finally arrested for felony charges, including carrying one of the handguns he stole while burglarizing another home. Fortunately, BombTowne is close enough to L. Wobegon that no one was shot.

        I had a short chat with the Albuquerque police chief a few months ago. He said the major source of guns they recovered in crimes appeared to have been stolen (hence why I thought the background check bill would be a waste of effort). It does the firearms fraternity no good to let stuff leak out so easily. We need to make it hard on crooks, both by locking stuff up and occasionally reminding bad guys that the Slugs for Thugs Club is not one of which they want to be a business-end beneficiary.

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