When the government says guns are a luxury, it’s usually talking about the right to own them, and its only a matter of time before some of us turn them in for a few bucks.

But is there a universal love for guns among Americans?

And how can gun owners find a balance between wanting to protect themselves and having fun while at the same time enjoying the thrill of a hunt?

This article first appeared on the Bloomberg Businessweek blog.

Read moreAbout the AuthorJim Nelson is a writer and photographer living in New York City.

He is a regular contributor to Forbes magazine, has worked at The Atlantic, The New York Times and the Economist, and has appeared on Bloomberg TV and the Colbert Report.

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