Gun Ownership By State 2020

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.

Gun Ownership By State 2020

Gun Ownership By State

State Gun Ownership Registered Guns 2020 Pop.
Alaska61.70%15,824734,002
Arkansas57.90%79,8413,038,999
Idaho56.90%49,5661,826,156
West Virginia54.20%35,2641,778,070
Wyoming53.80%132,806567,025
Montana52.30%22,1331,086,759
New Mexico49.90%97,5802,096,640
Alabama48.90%161,6414,908,621
North Dakota47.90%13,272761,723
Hawaii45.10%7,8591,412,687
Louisiana44.50%116,8314,645,184
South Carolina44.40%105,6015,210,095
Mississippi42.80%35,4942,989,260
Kentucky42.40%81,0584,499,692
Tennessee39.40%99,1596,897,576
Nevada37.50%76,8883,139,658
Minnesota36.70%79,3075,700,671
Texas35.70%588,69629,472,295
South Dakota35.00%21,130903,027
Wisconsin34.70%64,8785,851,754
Colorado34.30%92,4355,845,526
Iowa33.80%28,4943,179,849
Indiana33.80%114,0196,745,354
Florida32.50%343,28821,992,985
Arizona32.30%179,7387,378,494
Kansas32.20%52,6342,910,357
Utah31.90%72,8563,282,115
Georgia31.60%190,05010,736,059
Oklahoma31.20%71,2693,954,821
Virginia29.30%307,8228,626,207
Vermont28.80%5,872628,061
Michigan28.80%65,74210,045,029
North Carolina28.70%152,23810,611,862
Washington27.70%91,8357,797,095
Pennsylvania27.10%236,37712,820,878
Missouri27.10%72,9956,169,270
Oregon26.60%61,3834,301,089
Illinois26.20%146,48712,659,682
Massachusetts22.60%37,1526,976,597
Maine22.60%15,3711,345,790
Maryland20.70%103,1096,083,116
California20.10%344,62239,937,489
Nebraska19.80%22,2341,952,570
Ohio19.60%173,40511,747,694
Connecticut16.60%82,4003,563,077
New Hampshire14.40%64,1351,371,246
New Jersey11.30%57,5058,936,574
New York10.30%76,20719,440,469
Rhode Island5.80%4,2231,056,161
Delaware5.20%4,852982,895