Guns Per Capita

Nobody truly knows the total number of guns that are owned in each state across the

United States. Many guns are obtained through illegal means, passed down through inheritance, and other various methods that elude regulation. However, we have a decent idea of how many legally registered guns there are in each state per capita.

The 2nd Amendment of the United States is one of the things that makes the country unique, especially among developed nations. The “right to bear arms” is an often repeated phrase in the broader culture, and it has created different variations of gun culture across the country. 

Many people, including a high percentage of women, own guns for personal and home defense. It is legal in most states, with the proper permit in many instances, to open or conceal-carry a handgun for one’s own personal protection. Moreover, rifles and shotguns may be openly carried in many places, barring several county ordinances in larger cities, generally. 

Others own guns because they served time in the United States Military or have an active career, either in the military or law enforcement. And still others own a firearm for the purpose of hunting. 

To learn more about registered guns per capita by state, have a look at the data in the charts.

Registered Gun Rate Per State by State

Alabama - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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38.7

#11 in the US

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52.8%

#10 in the US

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23.6

#4 in the US

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allowed

Alaska - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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38.5

#12 in the US

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57.2%

#4 in the US

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23.5

#5 in the US

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allowed

Arizona - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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35.6

#14 in the US

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36.4%

#35 in the US

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16.7

#19 in the US

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allowed

Arkansas - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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44.3

#8 in the US

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51.8%

#14 in the US

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22.6

#7 in the US

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allowed

California - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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10.4

#42 in the US

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16.3%

#44 in the US

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8.5

#42 in the US

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prohibited

Colorado - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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25.7

#21 in the US

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37.9%

#32 in the US

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15.4

#22 in the US

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allowed

Connecticut - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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20.8

#34 in the US

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18.8%

#43 in the US

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6

#45 in the US

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permit required

Delaware - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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6.1

#44 in the US

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38.7%

#29 in the US

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14.4

#24 in the US

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allowed

District of Columbia - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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110.9

#2 in the US

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prohibited

Florida - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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23.8

#24 in the US

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28.8%

#41 in the US

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13.7

#28 in the US

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prohibited

Georgia - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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28.2

#18 in the US

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37.7%

#33 in the US

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17.7

#15 in the US

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allowed

Hawaii - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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6.4

#45 in the US

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9.1%

#48 in the US

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3.4

#49 in the US

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permit required

Idaho - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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40.2

#9 in the US

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57.8%

#5 in the US

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17.6

#16 in the US

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allowed

Illinois - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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11.4

#41 in the US

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22.6%

#42 in the US

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14.1

#25 in the US

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prohibited

Indiana - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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23.1

#25 in the US

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42.4%

#21 in the US

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17.3

#17 in the US

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permit required

Iowa - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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17

#36 in the US

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38.5%

#30 in the US

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11.2

#37 in the US

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allowed

Kansas - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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23.8

#26 in the US

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42.3%

#22 in the US

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16.9

#20 in the US

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allowed

Kentucky - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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24.1

#23 in the US

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52.5%

#11 in the US

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20.1

#11 in the US

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allowed

Louisiana - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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32.9

#17 in the US

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52.3%

#12 in the US

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26.3

#2 in the US

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allowed

Maine - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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15.6

#39 in the US

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47.7%

#16 in the US

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10.4

#39 in the US

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allowed

Maryland - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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22.1

#29 in the US

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16.7%

#45 in the US

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13.5

#29 in the US

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permit required

Massachusetts - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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6.5

#46 in the US

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9.9%

#49 in the US

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3.7

#50 in the US

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permit required

Michigan - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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10.9

#43 in the US

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38.9%

#31 in the US

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14.6

#26 in the US

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allowed

Minnesota - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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22.7

#30 in the US

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39.1%

#26 in the US

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8.9

#43 in the US

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permit required

Mississippi - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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27.4

#19 in the US

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54.1%

#7 in the US

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28.6

#1 in the US

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allowed

Missouri - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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18.4

#35 in the US

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52.8%

#13 in the US

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23.9

#6 in the US

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allowed

Montana - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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33.2

#16 in the US

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65.7%

#1 in the US

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20.9

#12 in the US

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allowed

Nebraska - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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22

#31 in the US

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39.2%

#27 in the US

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10.1

#40 in the US

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allowed

Nevada - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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37.9

#13 in the US

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32.9%

#39 in the US

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17

#18 in the US

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allowed

New Hampshire - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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52.1

#6 in the US

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46.3%

#18 in the US

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8.9

#44 in the US

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allowed

New Jersey - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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1.1

#50 in the US

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8.9%

#50 in the US

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5

#46 in the US

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permit required

New Mexico - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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58.1

#5 in the US

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35.9%

#36 in the US

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22.7

#8 in the US

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allowed

New York - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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4.6

#47 in the US

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14.5%

#46 in the US

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5.3

#47 in the US

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prohibited

North Carolina - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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21.1

#32 in the US

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37.1%

#34 in the US

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16

#21 in the US

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allowed

North Dakota - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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40

#10 in the US

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53.3%

#9 in the US

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13.8

#30 in the US

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allowed

Ohio - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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17.7

#37 in the US

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41.9%

#23 in the US

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15.2

#23 in the US

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allowed

Oklahoma - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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25.9

#22 in the US

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54.9%

#8 in the US

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20.7

#13 in the US

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allowed

Oregon - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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23

#27 in the US

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41.4%

#24 in the US

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13

#31 in the US

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allowed

Pennsylvania - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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26.9

#20 in the US

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40.2%

#25 in the US

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13.6

#32 in the US

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allowed

Rhode Island - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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4.5

#48 in the US

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13.9%

#47 in the US

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5.1

#48 in the US

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permit required

South Carolina - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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23

#28 in the US

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45.5%

#20 in the US

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22

#9 in the US

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permit required

South Dakota - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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72.2

#4 in the US

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55.6%

#6 in the US

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13.6

#33 in the US

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allowed

Tennessee - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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21.7

#33 in the US

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46.9%

#19 in the US

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21.3

#10 in the US

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permit required

Texas - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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34.1

#15 in the US

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35.5%

#37 in the US

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14.2

#27 in the US

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allowed

Utah - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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3.4

#49 in the US

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39.7%

#28 in the US

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13.6

#34 in the US

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allowed

Vermont - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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14.6

#40 in the US

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50.3%

#15 in the US

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11.6

#38 in the US

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allowed

Virginia - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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49

#7 in the US

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35.3%

#38 in the US

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13.4

#35 in the US

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allowed

Washington - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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1.2

#51 in the US

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32.1%

#40 in the US

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10.9

#41 in the US

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allowed

West Virginia - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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92.8

#3 in the US

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60.6%

#2 in the US

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18.1

#14 in the US

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allowed

Wisconsin - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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16.3

#38 in the US

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47.1%

#17 in the US

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12.2

#36 in the US

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allowed

Wyoming - Registered Gun Rate Per State

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245.8

#1 in the US

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60.7%

#3 in the US

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25.9

#3 in the US

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allowed