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2A Saves Lives - So Says the CDC

60,000 to 2.5 million defensive gun uses each year.


What is defensive gun use? How often does it occur?

Although definitions of defensive gun use vary, it is generally defined as the use of a firearm to protect and defend one’s self, family,

others, and/or property against crime or victimization.


Estimates of defensive gun use vary depending on the questions asked, populations studied, timeframe, and other factors related to the

design of studies. The report Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence indicates a range of 60,000 to 2.5 million defensive gun uses each year.


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Page last reviewed: May 4, 2021














Page last reviewed: May 4, 2021





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