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    Study Shows Target Shooting Popularity

    Statistics gathered over the past three years show that target shooting with rifle, handgun, and shotgun is more popular than many pastimes historically considered mainstays of warm-season recreation.

    Participation in shooting sports tops tennis, softball, jet & water skiing, mountain biking, most team sports and virtually all of the seasonal technical sports like rock climbing and kayaking, according to the most recent numbers from American Sports Data (ASD), a consumer research firm for the sporting goods, fitness and health club industries.

    Research from ASD shows more than 18 million Americans enjoy the shooting sports. Per capita, ASD shows Idaho as the most avid shooting State (18 of every 100 people participate), followed by Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Arkansas.

    In overall numbers, California is No. 1 with over 2.1 million shooters, including the most rifle, handgun and shotgun shooters of any State, followed by Texas, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.

    The top 10 States for total number of target shooters are:

    CA, 2,162,000

    TX, 1,297,000

    PA, 1,036,000

    NY, 905,000

    OH, 821,000

    FL, 693,000

    MI, 647,000

    IL, 586,000

    NC, 542,000

    TN, 497,000

    Source: Gun tests Magazine, August 07.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    The top 10 States for total number of target shooters are:

    CA, 2,162,000

    TX, 1,297,000

    PA, 1,036,000

    NY, 905,000

    OH, 821,000

    FL, 693,000

    MI, 647,000

    IL, 586,000

    NC, 542,000

    TN, 497,000

    Source: Gun tests Magazine, August 07.
    Am I the only one that finds the top 10 funny. CA & IL have very strict gun laws in place and are always looking to put more into effect, but they are number 1 & 8 on the top 10.
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    Seems depite the gross restrictions re carry and even gun types that there is a hardcore large number of enthusiastic shooters, even in IL and CA.

    I thought too MD might have shown but - smaller state so maybe that depresses figures. Proportionately tho I'd say MD is also quite high for recreational shooting.
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    Just shows once again that there are MANY MANY law-abiding shooters and gun owners that appreciate the sport and REAL purpose for firearms.
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    ny IS #4
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    Big numbers, but still a minority of the population

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    In overall numbers, California is No. 1 with over 2.1 million shooters, including the most rifle, handgun and shotgun shooters of any State, followed by Texas, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.
    I believe that CA is the most populous US state with over 30 million people, about 1 out of 10 people in the country. So I am not surprised that it is largest in shooters with 2.1 million.

    I think that the majority of people in CA are probably non-shooters, however, and are able to pass laws discriminating against shooters and the types of guns they can own. Even so, the CA shooters seem to be a sizeable group.

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    Even so, the CA shooters seem to be a sizeable group.
    Kinda makes you wonder why they don't have more political clout.

    According to their web site, the California State Rifle & Pistol Association has 65,000 members.

    65,000 out of 2.1 million shooters? Not a good ratio.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    The top 10 States for total number of target shooters are:

    CA, 2,162,000

    TX, 1,297,000

    PA, 1,036,000

    NY, 905,000
    NY is #4?????????? How many times did they count me? If there are so many of us why cant we get a single helpful law passed or stop any of the new anti-gun laws? Maybe it counted armed criminals also. We have a lot of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    Kinda makes you wonder why they don't have more political clout.

    According to their web site, the California State Rifle & Pistol Association has 65,000 members.

    65,000 out of 2.1 million shooters? Not a good ratio.
    The reason is that the other 27.9 million are far left leaning idiots when it comes to constitutional rights.

    I'm sorry they love constitutional rights as long as they are for a minority. Me being a 20something White Male Gunowner I'm basically screwed.

    California is truly a prime example of the government working more for small special intrest groups than for the general public.

    It goes back to the old "Lets make everyone Feel good and "Safe"" rather than deal with the real issues. It seems as though no-one is willing to put thier foot down and draw a line somewhere. Personal responsability is nonexistant, and everyone seems to be more worried about making someone cry.

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    There's a large number of untapped voters out there that could become part of our special interest group.Sounds like we have not done a very good job organizing ? This will be a on going fight for generations!

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