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    States with the most guns per person

    Amongst the hottest debates taking place in the U.S. as of late is what to make of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, a document that guarantees citizens the right to “keep and bear Arms.” While an incredibly disturbing pattern of constant mass shootings has plagued the nation in recent years, what to do about the fact that approximately 4 in 10 Americans own a firearm remains a constant source of dispute. As is the case with most heavily polarizing political issues, there is a great deal of geographic influence over difference in opinion, and this is especially true of issues pertaining to gun laws. While gun ownership is somewhat consistent across most of the country, with ownership in 44% of homes in the Midwest, 45% in the South, and 46% in the West, only 27% of households in the Northeast have at least one firearm.

    Interested to discover which states had the highest rates of gun ownership, Stacker referenced Statista data on state populations and state-by-state weapon registration statistics in order to list the states with the most guns per person. The states and the District of Columbia are ranked according to their respective per-capita gun ownerships—which were rounded to the second decimal place—yielding 0.00 for Rhode Island, Georgia, and New York because of their relatively insignificant gun totals.

    Read on to see how your state’s gun ownership stacks up against the nation.

     

  • #51. Rhode Island
    2/ Kenneth C. Zirkel // Wikicommons

    #51. Rhode Island

    Guns per capita: 0.00
    State population in millions: 1.06
    Number of registered weapons: 4,223

  • #50. Georgia
    3/ Adam Jonesfrom Kelowna // Wikicommons

    #50. Georgia

    Guns per capita: 0.00
    State population in millions: 10.43
    Number of registered weapons: 19,050

  • #49. New York
    4/ Jim.henderson // Wikicommons

    #49. New York

    Guns per capita: 0.00
    State population in millions: 19.85
    Number of registered weapons: 76,207

  • #48. Delaware
    5/ Staff Sgt. James Pernol // Delaware National Guard

    #48. Delaware

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 0.96
    Number of registered weapons: 4,852

  • #47. Vermont
    6/ Kenneth C. Zirkel // Wikicommons

    #47. Vermont

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 0.62
    Number of registered weapons: 5,872

  • #46. Hawaii
    7/ Tech. Sgt. Betty J. Squatrito-Martin // U.S. Air Force photo

    #46. Hawaii

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 1.43
    Number of registered weapons: 7,859

  • #45. Maine
    8/ Karen // Flickr

    #45. Maine

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 1.34
    Number of registered weapons: 15,371

  • #44. Nebraska
    9/ Public Domain // Wikicommons

    #44. Nebraska

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 1.92
    Number of registered weapons: 22,234

  • #43. Iowa
    10/ DSCN0521 // Wikicommons

    #43. Iowa

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 3.15
    Number of registered weapons: 28,494

  • #42. Mississippi
    11/ Kemberly Groue // U.S. Air Force photo

    #42. Mississippi

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 2.98
    Number of registered weapons: 35,494

  • #41. Massachusetts
    12/ Daderot // Wikicommons

    #41. Massachusetts

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 6.86
    Number of registered weapons: 37,152

  • #40. New Jersey
    13/ Tech. Sgt. Katherine Spessa // Air Force photo

    #40. New Jersey

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 9.01
    Number of registered weapons: 57,507

  • #39. Oregon
    14/ M.O. Stevens // Wikicommons

    #39. Oregon

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 4.14
    Number of registered weapons: 61,383

  • #38. Wisconsin
    15/ Dori // Wikicommons

    #38. Wisconsin

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 5.80
    Number of registered weapons: 64,878

  • #37. Michigan
    16/ Andrew Jameson // Wikicommons

    #37. Michigan

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 9.96
    Number of registered weapons: 65,742

  • #36. Missouri
    17/ Steve Arel // U.S. Army Cadet Command

    #36. Missouri

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 6.11
    Number of registered weapons: 72,996

  • #35. Minnesota
    18/ Senior Airman Jeremy Bowcock // Wikicommons

    #35. Minnesota

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 5.58
    Number of registered weapons: 79,307

  • #34. Washington
    19/ BankingBum // Wikicommons

    #34. Washington

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 7.41
    Number of registered weapons: 91,835

  • #33. Tennessee
    20/ Thomas R Machnitzki // Wikicommons

    #33. Tennessee

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 6.72
    Number of registered weapons: 99,159

  • #32. Illinois
    21/ Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade // U.S. Air Force photo

    #32. Illinois

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 12.80
    Number of registered weapons: 146,487

  • #31. North Carolina
    22/ Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho // U.S. Air Force photo

    #31. North Carolina

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 10.27
    Number of registered weapons: 152,238

  • #30. Ohio
    23/ Capt. Paul Stennett // U.S. Air National Guard photo

    #30. Ohio

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 11.66
    Number of registered weapons: 173,405

  • #29. California
    24/ United States Marine Corps

    #29. California

    Guns per capita: 0.01
    State population in millions: 39.54
    Number of registered weapons: 344,622

  • #28. North Dakota
    25/ Tim Kiser // Wikicommons

    #28. North Dakota

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 0.76
    Number of registered weapons: 13,272

  • #27. Alaska
    26/ John Pennell // Army photo

    #27. Alaska

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 0.74
    Number of registered weapons: 15,824

  • #26. South Dakota
    27/ Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle // U.S. Air Force photo

    #26. South Dakota

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 0.87
    Number of registered weapons: 21,130

  • #25. Montana
    28/ Spend A Day Touring, LLC // Wikicommons

    #25. Montana

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 1.05
    Number of registered weapons: 22,133

  • #24. West Virginia
    29/ Tim Kiser // Wikicommons

    #24. West Virginia

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 1.82
    Number of registered weapons: 35,264

  • #23. Kansas
    30/ David McBee // Pexels

    #23. Kansas

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 2.91
    Number of registered weapons: 52,634

  • #22. Oklahoma
    31/ David Poe // U.S. Air Force Photo

    #22. Oklahoma

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 3.93
    Number of registered weapons: 71,269

  • #21. Utah
    32/ Michael McConville // Wikicommons

    #21. Utah

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 3.10
    Number of registered weapons: 72,856

  • #20. Kentucky
    33/ Staff Sgt. Dalton Smith // Wikicommons

    #20. Kentucky

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 4.45
    Number of registered weapons: 81,068

  • #19. Connecticut
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    #19. Connecticut

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 3.59
    Number of registered weapons: 82,400

  • #18. Colorado
    35/ Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre N. McIntyre // U.S. Navy photo

    #18. Colorado

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 5.61
    Number of registered weapons: 92,435

  • #17. Maryland
    36/ Marylandstater // Wikicommons

    #17. Maryland

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 6.05
    Number of registered weapons: 103,109

  • #16. South Carolina
    37/ Cpl. N.W. Huertas // U.S. Marine Corps photo

    #16. South Carolina

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 5.02
    Number of registered weapons: 105,601

  • #15. Indiana
    38/ Nyttend // Wikicommons

    #15. Indiana

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 6.67
    Number of registered weapons: 114,019

  • #14. Louisiana
    39/ Gary J. Wood // Wikicommons

    #14. Louisiana

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 4.68
    Number of registered weapons: 116,831

  • #13. Pennsylvania
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    #13. Pennsylvania

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 12.81
    Number of registered weapons: 236,377

  • #12. Florida
    41/ Chief Mass Communications Specialist Robert J. Fluegel // U.S. Navy photo

    #12. Florida

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 20.98
    Number of registered weapons: 343,288

  • #11. Texas
    42/ M&R Glasgow // Wikicommons

    #11. Texas

    Guns per capita: 0.02
    State population in millions: 28.30
    Number of registered weapons: 588,696

  • #10. Idaho
    43/ BLMIdaho // Flickr

    #10. Idaho

    Guns per capita: 0.03
    State population in millions: 1.72
    Number of registered weapons: 49,566

  • #9. Nevada
    44/ BLM Nevada // Wikicommons

    #9. Nevada

    Guns per capita: 0.03
    State population in millions: 3.00
    Number of registered weapons: 76,888

  • #8. Arkansas
    45/ Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron // U.S. Air Force photo

    #8. Arkansas

    Guns per capita: 0.03
    State population in millions: 3.00
    Number of registered weapons: 79,841

  • #7. Alabama
    46/ Senior Airman Tammie Ramsouer // U.S. Air Force photo

    #7. Alabama

    Guns per capita: 0.03
    State population in millions: 4.87
    Number of registered weapons: 161,641

  • #6. Arizona
    47/ Sgt. Adrian Borunda // Wikicommons

    #6. Arizona

    Guns per capita: 0.03
    State population in millions: 7.02
    Number of registered weapons: 179,738

  • #5. Virginia
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    #5. Virginia

    Guns per capita: 0.04
    State population in millions: 8.47
    Number of registered weapons: 307,822

  • #4. New Hampshire
    49/ Lucio Eastman // Wikicommons

    #4. New Hampshire

    Guns per capita: 0.05
    State population in millions: 1.34
    Number of registered weapons: 64,135

  • #3. New Mexico
    50/ Senior Airman Melanie Holochwost // U.S. Air Force photo

    #3. New Mexico

    Guns per capita: 0.05
    State population in millions: 2.09
    Number of registered weapons: 97,580

  • #2. District of Columbia
    51/ Petty Officer 2nd Class Anita C. Newman // Navy photo

    #2. District of Columbia

    Guns per capita: 0.07
    State population in millions: 0.69
    Number of registered weapons: 47,228

  • #1. Wyoming
    52/ Nickeyrc // Wikicommons

    #1. Wyoming

    Guns per capita: 0.23
    State population in millions: 0.58
    Number of registered weapons: 132,806

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