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Gun Ownership By State 2021

The United States is ranked number one globally 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 look at some general gun statistics throughout the nation. According to the Pew Research Center, the southern 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 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 purpose 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 Montana has the highest gun ownership rate, with 66.3% of adults owning a gun. Wyoming closely follows at 66.2%, with Alaska in third at 64.5%.

On the other side of the scale, we have the states with the lowest percentage of gun owners. Massachusetts and New Jersey have the lowest gun ownership rate of 14.7%, followed by Rhode Island, with 14.8%, and Hawaii, with 14.9%. New York is the only other state with gun ownership less than 20% at 19.9%. Both Massachusetts and New Jersey have some of the strictest gun ownership laws in the United States. Obtaining a permit or license required to even purchase a gun in these states can take weeks and is relatively rigorous. However, Massachusetts also consistently has one of the lowest gun fatality rates in the United States.

Here are the 10 states with the highest rates of gun ownership:

  1. Montana (66.30%)
  2. Wyoming (66.20%)
  3. Alaska (64.50%)
  4. Idaho (60.10%)
  5. West Virginia (58.50%)
  6. Arkansas (57.20%)
  7. Mississippi (55.80%)
  8. Alabama (55.50%)
  9. South Dakota (55.30%)
  10. North Dakota (55.10%)

Gun Ownership By State 2021

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Gun Ownership By State 2021

State Gun Ownership Registered Guns
Montana66.30%22,133
Wyoming66.20%132,806
Alaska64.50%15,824
Idaho60.10%49,566
West Virginia58.50%35,264
Arkansas57.20%79,841
Mississippi55.80%35,494
Alabama55.50%161,641
South Dakota55.30%21,130
North Dakota55.10%13,272
Oklahoma54.70%71,269
Kentucky54.60%81,058
Louisiana53.10%116,831
Tennessee51.60%99,159
Oregon50.80%61,383
Vermont50.50%5,872
South Carolina49.40%105,601
Georgia49.20%190,050
Kansas48.90%52,634
Missouri48.80%72,995
Nevada47.30%76,888
Utah46.80%72,856
Maine46.80%15,371
Arizona46.30%179,738
New Mexico46.20%97,580
North Carolina45.80%152,238
Texas45.70%588,696
Wisconsin45.30%64,878
Nebraska45.20%22,234
Colorado45.10%92,435
Indiana44.80%114,019
Virginia44.60%307,822
Iowa43.60%28,494
Minnesota42.80%79,307
Washington42.10%91,835
New Hampshire41.10%64,135
Pennsylvania40.70%236,377
Michigan40.20%65,742
Ohio40.00%173,405
Florida35.30%343,288
Delaware34.40%4,852
Maryland30.20%103,109
California28.30%344,622
Illinois27.80%146,487
Connecticut23.60%82,400
New York19.90%76,207
Hawaii14.90%7,859
Rhode Island14.80%4,223
New Jersey14.70%57,505
Massachusetts14.70%37,152

Gun Ownership By State 2021