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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.

     

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    #51. Rhode Island

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

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    #50. Georgia

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

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    #49. New York

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

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    #48. Delaware

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

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    #47. Vermont

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

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    #46. Hawaii

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

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    #45. Maine

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

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    #44. Nebraska

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

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    #43. Iowa

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

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    #42. Mississippi

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

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    #41. Massachusetts

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

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    #40. New Jersey

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

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    #39. Oregon

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

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    #38. Wisconsin

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

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    #37. Michigan

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

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    #36. Missouri

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

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    #35. Minnesota

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

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    #34. Washington

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

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    #33. Tennessee

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

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    #32. Illinois

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

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    #31. North Carolina

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

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    #30. Ohio

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

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    #29. California

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

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    #28. North Dakota

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

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    #27. Alaska

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

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    #26. South Dakota

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

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    #25. Montana

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

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    #24. West Virginia

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

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    #23. Kansas

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

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    #22. Oklahoma

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

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    #21. Utah

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

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    #20. Kentucky

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

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    #19. Connecticut

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

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    #18. Colorado

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

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    #17. Maryland

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

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    #16. South Carolina

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

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    #15. Indiana

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

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    #14. Louisiana

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

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    #13. Pennsylvania

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

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    #12. Florida

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

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    #11. Texas

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

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    #10. Idaho

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

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    #9. Nevada

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

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    #8. Arkansas

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

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    #7. Alabama

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

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    #6. Arizona

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

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    #5. Virginia

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

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    #4. New Hampshire

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

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    #3. New Mexico

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

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    #2. District of Columbia

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

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    #1. Wyoming

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

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