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States with the Most, Least Number of Gun Owners

Recently, CBS News used the ATF’s National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record to compile a list of what it describes as “the most heavily armed states.” The ATF records the number of guns registered per resident by state.

According to the Independent Journal, the ATF doesn’t include pistols and covers the sale and transfer of the following weapons:

– machine guns,
– short-barreled rifles and shotguns,
– suppressors,
– destructive devices like bombs and grenades,
– concealable devices with the ability to discharge a shot through the energy of an explosive, and
– any firearm with a bore over half an inch that has not been determined to have a legitimate sporting use.

The state with the most guns per resident is Wyoming; the state with the least guns per resident is New York.

From the most to least:

 

1. Wyoming: 195.7 guns per 1,000 residents

2. Washington, D.C.: 66.4 guns per 1,000 residents

3. Arkansas: 41.6 guns per 1,000 residents

4. New Mexico: 40.5 guns per 1,000 residents

5. Virginia: 30.1 guns per 1,000 residents

6. Idaho: 24.2 guns per 1,000 residents

7. Alabama: 20 guns per 1,000 residents

8. Nevada: 19.5 guns per 1,000 residents

9. Alaska: 15.2 guns per 1,000 residents

10. Louisiana: 15.1 guns per 1,000 residents

11. Maryland: (tie) 15 guns per 1,000 residents

11. Pennsylvania: (tie) 15 guns per 1,000 residents

12. Georgia: (tie) 14.6 guns per 1000 residents

12. New Hampshire: (tie) 14.6 guns per 1,000 residents

13. Indiana: 14.1 guns per 1,000 residents

14. Kentucky: 13.5 guns per 1,000 residents

15. Utah: 12.9 guns per 1,000 residents

16. Texas: 12.8 guns per 1,000 residents

17. Oklahoma: 12.3 guns per 1,000 residents

18. Colorado: 12 guns per 1,000 residents

19. South Carolina: 11.6 guns per 1,000 residents

20. South Dakota: 11.5 guns per 1,000 residents

21. Ohio: (tie) 11.4 guns per 1,000 residents

21. Oregon: (tie) 11.4 guns per 1,000 residents

22. Tennessee: (tie) 11.3 guns per 1,000 residents
22. Montana: (tie) 11.3 guns per 1,000 residents

22. Connecticut: (tie) 11.3 guns per 1,000 residents

23. North Carolina: 11.1 guns per 1,000 residents

24. Kansas: 11 guns per 1,000 residents

25. Florida 10.2 guns per 1,000 residents

26. Minnesota (tie) 9.5 guns per 1,000 residents

26. North Dakota: (tie) 9.5 guns per 1,000 residents

27. West Virginia: (tie) 9.4 guns per 1,000 residents

27. Arizona: (tie) 9.4 guns per 1,000 residents

28. Illinois: 9.2 guns per 1,000 residents

29. Maine: 8.7 guns per 1,000 residents

30. Washington: 8.6 guns per 1,000 residents

31. Missouri: 8.5 guns per 1,000 residents

32. Wisconsin: 7.8 guns per 1,000 residents

33. California: 7.6 guns per 1,000 residents

34. Nebraska: 7.4 guns per 1,000 residents

35. Mississippi: 6.8 guns per 1,000 residents

36. Vermont: 6.4 guns per 1,000 residents

37. Iowa: 6.1 guns per 1,000 residents

38. New Jersey: 5.8 guns per 1,000 residents

39. Hawaii: 5.1 guns per 1,000 residents

40. Massachusetts: 4.9 guns per 1,000 residents

41. Michigan: 4.3 guns per 1,000 residents

42. Delaware: 4.2 guns per 1,000 residents

43. Rhode Island: 3.8 guns per 1,000 residents

44. New York: 3.3 guns per 1,000 residents

 

 

 

 

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Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley facebook.com/BlankleyBethany/ & BethanyBlankley.com.

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