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States with the most guns per person

  • 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

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

  • #50. Georgia

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

  • #49. New York

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

  • #48. Delaware

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

  • #47. Vermont

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

  • #46. Hawaii

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

  • #45. Maine

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

  • #44. Nebraska

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

  • #43. Iowa

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

  • #42. Mississippi

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

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