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    Okay, I've bee away for a couple of days so if this is a duplicate post, I offer my apologies. I looked around the different forums and even tried a search before posting this.

    Note: Take these figures for what it's worth as it's impossible to get any type of accurate figure.

    Also these stat's are based on the FBI NICS checks over the last 18 months, so they are merely listing the possible number of firearm transactions which utilize an NICS check. I'm merely posting this for general information to show that firearm ownership is still alive and well in the USA and apparently increased around 10% over the last year.

    So, don't shoot the messenger! I didn't comprise these stats and take no responsibility for them. Also from what I understand, "The Daily Beast" is more of a liberal website so again, take it for what it's worth!

    They also seem to have included Washington D.C. as a State...?

    States with the most guns - The Daily Beast
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    The Most Armed States
    by The Daily Beast

    The Supreme Court yesterday declared the right to bear arms is a federal mandate. The Daily Beast crunched the numbers to determine which states pack the most guns, and which sport the least.

    The Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday that an individual’s right to bear arms, as set out by the Second Amendment, applies to state and local gun-control laws, and gives federal judges the power to nix weapons rules that they feel violate the freedom to keep and carry firearms.

    Legal challenges to current state laws and new regulations are ahead, but certain states may feel the pressure more than others. To see which states may soon see more restrictions and which may be challenged to loosen current stipulations, The Daily Beast decided to rank the state of arms of the states.

    There is no federal agency or clearinghouse that monitors the sale or ownership of guns.

    But based on background checks performed by the FBI, there were more than 14 million gun-purchasing transactions in 2009—10 percent more than in 2008. Of course, a person buying three guns in a single transaction is vetted by a single background check, so the volume of background checks does not illustrate the total number of guns purchased, or the total number of people who bought a gun. Still, the statistics on background checks provide the most accurate window into the localities where the firearm industry is flourishing.

    Those statistics show a country divided. If you want see how a state votes, it seems, just check out its gun ownership: All 10 of the most armed states voted for John McCain in 2008. All 10 of the least armed (including the District of Columbia) voted for Barack Obama.

    For our rankings, we considered state data from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System for the last 18 months. We divided the number of background checks by each state’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2009 estimates.

    One stipulation: States are not completely consistent in reporting of NICS data. Some states use the system for background checks on purchases on the secondary market and others do not. As well, Kentucky implemented monthly NICS checks on concealed weapons, which has inflated its numbers.

    1, Kentucky
    Population:4,314,113
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents (Dec. 2008 – May 2010): 134,028

    2, Utah
    Population:2,784,572
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 30,315

    3, Montana
    Population:974,989
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 25,745

    4, Wyoming
    Population:544,270
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 22,827

    5, Alaska
    Population:698,473
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 22,273

    6, West Virginia
    Population:1,819,777
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 21,455

    7, South Dakota
    Population:812,383
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 19,062

    8, North Dakota
    Population:646,844
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 17,829

    9, Arkansas
    Population:2,889,450
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 17,483

    10, Alabama
    Population:4,708,708
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 16,860

    11, Tennessee
    Population: 6,296,254
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 16,684

    12, Oklahoma
    Population: 3,687,050
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 15,801

    13, Idaho
    Population: 1,545,801
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 15,764

    14, Colorado
    Population: 5,024,748
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 15,086

    15, Missouri ( )
    Population: 5,987,580
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 14,712

    16, New Hampshire
    Population: 1,324,575
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 14,522

    17, Mississippi
    Population: 2,951,996
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 14,165

    18, Illinois
    Population: 12,910,409
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 13,879

    19, Connecticut
    Population: 3,518,288
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 13,783

    20, New Mexico
    Population: 2,009,671
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 13,408

    21, Louisiana
    Population: 4,492,076
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 13,329

    22, Minnesota
    Population: 5,266,214
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 13,285

    23, Kansas
    Population: 2,818,747
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 12,516

    24, Washington
    Population: 6,664,195
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 12,508

    25, Pennsylvania
    Population: 12,604,767
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 12,449

    26, Oregon
    Population: 3,825,657
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 12,059

    27, Indiana
    Population: 6,423,113
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 11,614

    28, South Carolina
    Population: 4,561,242
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 11,578

    29, Maine
    Population: 1,318,301
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 11,528

    30, Virginia
    Population: 7,882,590
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 10,134

    31, Iowa
    Population: 3,007,856
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 10,127

    32, Nevada
    Population: 2,643,085
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 10,115

    33, Texas
    Population: 24,782,302
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 9,936

    34, North Carolina
    Population: 9,380,884
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 9,411

    35, Vermont
    Population: 621,760
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 9,366

    36, Georgia
    Population: 9,829,211
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 9,200

    37, Michigan
    Population: 9,969,727
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 9,030

    38, Wisconsin
    Population: 5,654,774
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 8,534

    39, Ohio
    Population: 11,542,645
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 8,491

    40, Nebraska
    Population: 1,796,619
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 8,081

    41, Arizona
    Population: 6,595,778
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 7,954

    42, Florida
    Population: 18,537,969
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 7,510

    43, Delaware
    Population: 885,122
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 5,636

    44, California
    Population: 36,961,664
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 5,444

    45, Maryland
    Population: 5,699,478
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 4,040

    46, Massachusetts
    Population: 6,593,587
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 3,796

    47, Rhode Island
    Population: 1,053,209
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 3,504

    48, New York
    Population: 19,541,453
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 3,047

    49, Hawaii
    Population: 1,295,178
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 2,031

    50, New Jersey
    Population: 8,707,739
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 1,536

    51, Washington, D.C.
    Population: 599,657
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 155
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    Reading the title of your post, I was going to guess United States.

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    Have to go down pretty far to find the blue states.

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    Ahh shoot! I thought Montana would be #1. I will do my best to make sure we are the one! Need money, please donate... Really though thanks for the info. Bark'n... good to know..
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    Shocked and apalled! Florida is only 42!!! I need to buy more guns!
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    i realize this isn't exactly an accurate representation of how many firearms are sold in the U.S. but really, i didn't think airzona and florida would be so close to the bottom.

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    Sad that VA is only 30, but still HA that we are higher than FL and TX, kinda surprising.

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    1, Kentucky
    Population:4,314,113
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents (Dec. 2008 – May 2010): 134,028


    I see KY shows 134,028 per 100,000, is this a typo? Sound like the Hatfields and McCoys are getting ready for another war. LOL Was this the only state that was checked for 2008 to 2010?
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    Im actually surprised that Arkansas with less than 3 million population ranks 9th.

    Of course, this does not reflect private sales which would propably at least double that figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Im actually surprised that Arkansas with less than 3 million population ranks 9th.

    Of course, this does not reflect private sales which would propably at least double that figure.
    Hehehe I'm not surprised really. Burgalars would have to be REALLY stupid to assume someone in Arkansas doesn't have guns.

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    New Mexico #20, I can live with that. Arizona #41 ????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Flight View Post
    1, Kentucky
    Population:4,314,113
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents (Dec. 2008 – May 2010): 134,028


    I see KY shows 134,028 per 100,000, is this a typo? Sound like the Hatfields and McCoys are getting ready for another war. LOL Was this the only state that was checked for 2008 to 2010?

    "As well, Kentucky implemented monthly NICS checks on concealed weapons, which has inflated its numbers."


    We still probably have the most guns though .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Flight View Post
    1, Kentucky
    Population:4,314,113
    NICS background checks per 100,000 residents (Dec. 2008 – May 2010): 134,028


    I see KY shows 134,028 per 100,000, is this a typo? Sound like the Hatfields and McCoys are getting ready for another war. LOL Was this the only state that was checked for 2008 to 2010?

    They said Kentucky had skewed stats!

    One stipulation: States are not completely consistent in reporting of NICS data. Some states use the system for background checks on purchases on the secondary market and others do not. As well, Kentucky implemented monthly NICS checks on concealed weapons, which has inflated its numbers.
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    Something to think about, I've had 1 background check run on me for 3 separate firearm purchases in the last 16 months.

    My first purchase was pre-CHL, so a check was run at that time. The next 2 purchases were after my TX CHL was issued, so all I had to do was present my CHL to my FFL dealer & that was sufficient credentials to authorize the purchase, no background checks.

    1 check = 3 guns, truely nowhere near an exact science. I don't know if this policy / procedure applies to all states or not. Also, how many of these background checks were run for the purpose of CHL / CWP applications rather than a firearm purchase?
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    I can certify that KY is a very well armed state. I can't think of a single person I know that doesn't have a gun and most have several. My household alone added six new weapons to the arsenal in the last year.

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