Table 3

Primary reasons for firearm ownership among firearm owners, by firearm type, 2018 California Safety and Well-being Survey (CSaWS), n=429

Handguns, n=340
% (95% CI)
Long guns, n=277*
% (95% CI)
Assault-type weapons, n=36
% (95% CI)
For protection against people56.7 (48.6 to 64.5)17.6 (11.3 to 26.2)35.9 (19.2 to 57.0)
For protection against animals5.0 (2.4 to 10.0)3.1 (1.7 to 5.6)
For hunting0.1 (0.0 to 0.9)19.0 (12.4 to 28.0)3.6 (0.8 to 14.9)
For sporting use (other than hunting)18.0 (12.8 to 24.6)34.2 (25.9 to 43.6)45.8 (26.6 to 66.3)
For a collection8.4 (4.3 to 15.7)16.4 (10.5 to 24.7)9.8 (3.1 to 27.2)
Inheritance1.4 (0.7 to 2.8)5.5 (3.0 to 9.9)
For some other reason10.4 (6.2 to 16.8)4.1 (2.3 to 7.1)5.0 (1.4 to 15.6)
  • *Excludes assault-type weapons.