by Cassandra McBride, Ammo.com, reposted with permission
(Nov. 16, 2023) — Where does your state rank in gun ownership? We analyzed all 50 states, gun ownership rates, and ownership percentages to bring you this article. Of course, we’ve also included the answers to some of your most burning questions about gun control, ownership, and crime.
- The United States has the highest per capita rate of civilian firearm ownership at 120.48 firearms per 100 people.
- American civilians own 46% (approximately 393.3 million) of the world’s 857 million civilian-use firearms. (Source)
- Montana has the highest amount of gun owners (66.3%).
- Wyoming has the most guns per capita, with 245.8 firearms for every 1,000 residents.
- The top 5 states for gun ownership comprise only .8% of the nation’s firearm-related homicides (185 homicides between all 5 states).
- The bottom 5 states for gun ownership comprise 4% of the nation’s firearm-related homicides (1,038 firearm-related homicides).
- According to surveys, 36% of gun owners are white, 24% are black, and 15% are Hispanic. The remaining civilians do not personally own a firearm but do live in a home with someone who does.
- Recent polls show that 32% of adults in the U.S. own at least one firearm.
- 72% of gun owners say the main reason for owning a firearm is for protection.
- According to this poll, 32% of US adults own at least one firearm.
- New Jersey has the lowest rate of gun ownership at only 8.9% of the population and the least amount per capita (1.1 for every 1,000 people).
Globally, it is estimated that more than 857 million civilians own firearms for personal or defensive use. It’s likely that this number is much higher than the registered firearms that local governments can track.
Note: This information is based on a survey. The information given is only as accurate as the respective government provides.
One of the more pressing questions regarding civilian firearm ownership is, “Do firearms result in more deaths?” If we compare ownership to firearm-related gun deaths (including homicides and suicides), the correlation between ownership rates and deaths becomes unclear.
While more states with strict firearm purchasing laws have fewer firearms, that isn’t always the case; despite State-mandated background checks and permits-to-purchase, many states still rank rather high.
It is estimated that Texas has more guns than any other state, with 1,005,555 guns and just over 29 million residents. Florida trails behind in second place, with 518,725 guns and a population of just over 21 million residents.
Rhode Island has the lowest number of guns, with 4,887, and a population size of just over one million residents.
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