Gun Ownership by State

Gun ownership is a key issue of debate in the U.S, as it is both enshrined within the constitution and also a cause for great distress around the country. The U.S. ranks first in the world for gun ownership with over 393 million privately owned guns in the country. The U.S. also ranks first in the world for gun homicide, as there is a significant lack of regulation surrounding gun ownership. A national debate over gun ownership and gun regulation has been raging on for decades now and has often intensified in the wake of school shootings or mass shootings carried out by legal gun owners. 

Generally when measuring gun ownership by state, one needs to consider the population’s size. As a result, states that have smaller people but large numbers of gun owners would rank higher than larger states like Texas or California for example. 

If you would like to learn more about gun ownership across the states, be sure to check the data in the charts. 

Household Firearm Ownership Rate by State

Alabama - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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52.8%

#10 in the US

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38.7

#11 in the US

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allowed

Alaska - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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57.2%

#4 in the US

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38.5

#12 in the US

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allowed

Arizona - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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36.4%

#35 in the US

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35.6

#14 in the US

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allowed

Arkansas - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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51.8%

#14 in the US

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44.3

#8 in the US

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allowed

California - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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16.3%

#44 in the US

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10.4

#42 in the US

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prohibited

Colorado - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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37.9%

#32 in the US

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25.7

#21 in the US

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allowed

Connecticut - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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18.8%

#43 in the US

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20.8

#34 in the US

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permit required

Delaware - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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38.7%

#29 in the US

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6.1

#44 in the US

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allowed

Florida - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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28.8%

#41 in the US

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23.8

#24 in the US

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prohibited

Georgia - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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37.7%

#33 in the US

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28.2

#18 in the US

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allowed

Hawaii - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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9.1%

#48 in the US

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6.4

#45 in the US

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permit required

Idaho - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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57.8%

#5 in the US

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40.2

#9 in the US

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allowed

Illinois - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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22.6%

#42 in the US

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11.4

#41 in the US

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prohibited

Indiana - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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42.4%

#21 in the US

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23.1

#25 in the US

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permit required

Iowa - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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38.5%

#30 in the US

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17

#36 in the US

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allowed

Kansas - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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42.3%

#22 in the US

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23.8

#26 in the US

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allowed

Kentucky - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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52.5%

#11 in the US

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24.1

#23 in the US

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allowed

Louisiana - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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52.3%

#12 in the US

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32.9

#17 in the US

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allowed

Maine - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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47.7%

#16 in the US

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15.6

#39 in the US

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allowed

Maryland - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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16.7%

#45 in the US

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22.1

#29 in the US

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permit required

Massachusetts - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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9.9%

#49 in the US

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6.5

#46 in the US

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permit required

Michigan - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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38.9%

#31 in the US

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10.9

#43 in the US

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allowed

Minnesota - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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39.1%

#26 in the US

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22.7

#30 in the US

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permit required

Mississippi - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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54.1%

#7 in the US

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27.4

#19 in the US

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allowed

Missouri - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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52.8%

#13 in the US

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18.4

#35 in the US

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allowed

Montana - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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65.7%

#1 in the US

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33.2

#16 in the US

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allowed

Nebraska - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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39.2%

#27 in the US

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22

#31 in the US

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allowed

Nevada - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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32.9%

#39 in the US

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37.9

#13 in the US

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allowed

New Hampshire - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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46.3%

#18 in the US

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52.1

#6 in the US

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allowed

New Jersey - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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8.9%

#50 in the US

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1.1

#50 in the US

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permit required

New Mexico - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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35.9%

#36 in the US

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58.1

#5 in the US

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allowed

New York - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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14.5%

#46 in the US

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4.6

#47 in the US

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prohibited

North Carolina - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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37.1%

#34 in the US

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21.1

#32 in the US

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allowed

North Dakota - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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53.3%

#9 in the US

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40

#10 in the US

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allowed

Ohio - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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41.9%

#23 in the US

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17.7

#37 in the US

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allowed

Oklahoma - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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54.9%

#8 in the US

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25.9

#22 in the US

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allowed

Oregon - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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41.4%

#24 in the US

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23

#27 in the US

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allowed

Pennsylvania - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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40.2%

#25 in the US

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26.9

#20 in the US

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allowed

Rhode Island - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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13.9%

#47 in the US

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4.5

#48 in the US

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permit required

South Carolina - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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45.5%

#20 in the US

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23

#28 in the US

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permit required

South Dakota - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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55.6%

#6 in the US

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72.2

#4 in the US

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allowed

Tennessee - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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46.9%

#19 in the US

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21.7

#33 in the US

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permit required

Texas - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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35.5%

#37 in the US

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34.1

#15 in the US

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allowed

Utah - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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39.7%

#28 in the US

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3.4

#49 in the US

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allowed

Vermont - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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50.3%

#15 in the US

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14.6

#40 in the US

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allowed

Virginia - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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35.3%

#38 in the US

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49

#7 in the US

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Washington - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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32.1%

#40 in the US

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1.2

#51 in the US

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allowed

West Virginia - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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60.6%

#2 in the US

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92.8

#3 in the US

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allowed

Wisconsin - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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47.1%

#17 in the US

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16.3

#38 in the US

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Wyoming - Household Firearm Ownership Rate

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60.7%

#3 in the US

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245.8

#1 in the US

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allowed