46 Dems Own Guns, 119 Republicans Won't Lay Their Pistols Down

USA TODAY SURVEY: Republicans in Congress are much better armed than their Democrat counterparts - a fact that helps explain the deep partisan divide as Congress gears up for its first major votes on gun control in a decade.

The truth is, they are not asked to own up to owning a gun in their financial disclosure forms. So USA TODAY and the Gannett bureau carried pen in hand to learn the extent of the partisan and regional divide.

A spokesman for the Gun Owners of America said he's not surprised, voicing, "a gun is a campaign accoutrement." Some 12 lawmakers from the northeast attest to gun ownership, while 77 Southerners say they do.