Gun Ownership By State 2019

The United States is ranked number one in the world when it comes to gun ownership. Estimates show that there are anywhere from over 200 million to more than 350 million guns in the U.S. Because of variances in regulations throughout the nation, it’s impossible to get exact numbers when it comes to the total number of guns in the nation and the number of guns in each state. However, the Pew Research Center has compiled data that is about as accurate as it gets.

Before diving into gun ownership stats by state, let’s take a look at some general gun statistics throughout the nation. According to the Pew Research Center, the South United States has the highest amount of gun owners, with about 36% of residents living in this region owning a gun. The Midwest and West each respectively have gun ownership levels that exceed 30%, while the Northeast has the lowest number of gun owners at about 16%. Most guns in the United States are owned by rural households, while more men own guns than women.

Now, let’s take a look at gun ownership by state. It’s important to note that we’re looking at the total percentage of gun ownership based on population. While one state may have more guns, the population may also be higher. For the purposes of this article, we’re focusing on the total percentage of gun ownership in relation to the state’s population.

Based on this, the state of Alaska has the highest rate of gun ownership at 61.7% in its population of over 735,000. Arkansas has the next highest percentage of gun owners at 57.9% with its population of over 3 million.

There are several other states which have gun ownership percentages that exceed 50%. That includes Idaho, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Montana.

On the other side of the scale, we have the states with the lowest percentage of gun owners. Delaware – a state with a population reaching nearly one million – has a very low gun ownership rate of 5.2%. Rhode Island isn’t far behind with a rate of 5.8% across over 1 million residents. These are the only two states with gun ownership rates that fall below 10%.

Other states with low rates of gun ownership (less than 20%) include New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Ohio, and Nebraska.

State Gun Ownership 2019 Pop.
Delaware5.20%975,033
Rhode Island5.80%1,056,738
New York10.30%19,491,339
New Jersey11.30%8,922,547
New Hampshire14.40%1,363,852
Connecticut16.60%3,567,871
Ohio19.60%11,718,568
Nebraska19.80%1,940,919
California20.10%39,747,267
Maryland20.70%6,062,917
Maine22.60%1,342,097
Massachusetts22.60%6,939,373
Illinois26.20%12,700,381
Oregon26.60%4,245,901
Missouri27.10%6,147,861
Pennsylvania27.10%12,813,969
Washington27.70%7,666,343
North Carolina28.70%10,497,741
Michigan28.80%10,020,472
Vermont28.80%627,180
Virginia29.30%8,571,946
Oklahoma31.20%3,948,950
Georgia31.60%10,627,767
Utah31.90%3,221,610
Kansas32.20%2,910,931
Arizona32.30%7,275,070
Florida32.50%21,646,155
Indiana33.80%6,718,616
Iowa33.80%3,167,997
Colorado34.30%5,770,545
Wisconsin34.70%5,832,661
South Dakota35.00%892,631
Texas35.70%29,087,070
Minnesota36.70%5,655,925
Nevada37.50%3,087,025
Tennessee39.40%6,833,793
Kentucky42.40%4,484,047
Mississippi42.80%2,987,895
South Carolina44.40%5,147,111
Louisiana44.50%4,652,581
Hawaii45.10%1,416,589
North Dakota47.90%760,900
Alabama48.90%4,898,246
New Mexico49.90%2,096,034
Montana52.30%1,074,532
Wyoming53.80%572,381
West Virginia54.20%1,791,951
Idaho56.90%1,790,182
Arkansas57.90%3,026,412
Alaska61.70%735,720