This study examines 1) how female personal gun owners, female household gun owners, and female non-owners differ in demographic characteristics, handgun exposure and gun-related attitudes; and 2) how these differences vary from those for males. Data were obtained from a nationwide web survey, involving 390 female respondents and 134 male respondents, in 2016. Results indicated that female personal gun owners hold more pro-gun attitudes than female household gun owners and non-owners. Female non-owners had less exposure to guns than female household gun owners while female household owners had less exposure to guns than female personal owners. Variations by type of gun exposure, namely exposure to known persons with guns versus strangers with guns, were observed. Prior victimization was influential for female gun attitudes, but not male gun attitudes. Exposure to a known-person with a handgun was related to female gun attitudes, but not male gun attitudes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science