Gun Owners as a Percentage of Each State's Population

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This article lists individual gun owners as a percentage of each state's population, as of 2007.

This data is relevant to national and state elections, particularly the 2012 presidential election, as it clearly explains why candidates President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney refuse to meaningfully address gun control and ownership issues, at least before the November 2012 election day: thirteen of fourteen 2012 battleground states have gun ownership rates of 30% or more.

Interestingly, all ten of the states with the highest gun ownership rates (all 50% or more) are considered staunchly Republican-red states. And nine of the ten states with the lowest gun ownership rates (all less than 30%) are considered staunchly Democratic blue states. The sole exception is Florida, a battleground state with a 24.5% gun ownership rate.

See Pros and Cons of Gun Ownership and Use Laws for Individuals for more on this hot-button issue.

States with Extremely High Populations of Gun Owners (more than 50%)

  • 1. Wyoming - 59.7%
  • 2. Alaska - 57.8%
  • 3. Montana - 57.7%
  • 4. South Dakota - 56.6%
  • 5. West Virginia - 55.4%
  • 6. Mississippi - 55.3%
  • 6. Idaho - 55.3%
  • 6. Arkansas - 55.3%
  • 9. Alabama - 51.7%
  • 10. North Dakota - 50.7%

States with High Populations of Gun Owners

  • 11. Kentucky - 47.7%
  • 12. Wisconsin - 44.4% (Battleground state. See Wisconsin in 2012 Elections.)
  • 13. Louisiana - 44.1%
  • 14. Utah - 43.9%
  • 14. Tennessee - 43.9%
  • 16. Oklahoma - 42.9%
  • 16. Iowa - 42.9% (Battleground state.)
  • 18. South Carolina - 42.3%
  • 19. Kansas - 42.1%
  • 20. Vermont - 42.0%
  • 21. Missouri - 41.7% (Battleground state.)
  • 21. Minnesota - 41.7%
  • 23. North Carolina - 41.3% (Battleground state.)
  • 24. Maine - 40.5%
  • 25. Georgia - 40.3%

States with Median Populations of Gun Owners

  • 26. Oregon - 39.8%
  • 27. Indiana - 39.1%
  • 28. Nebraska - 38.6%
  • 29. Michigan - 38.4% (Battleground state.)
  • 30. Texas - 35.9%
  • 31. Virginia - 35.1% (Battleground state.)
  • 32. New Mexico - 34.8% (Battleground state.)
  • 33. Colorado - 34.7% (Battleground state.)
  • 34. Pennsylvania - 34.7% (Battleground state. See Pennsylvania in 2012 Elections.)
  • 35. Nevada - 33.8% (Battleground state. See Nevada in 2012 Elections.)
  • 36. Washington - 33.1%
  • 37. Ohio - 32.4% (Battleground state. See Ohio in 2012 Elections.)
  • 38. Arizona - 31.1% (Battleground state.)
  • 39. New Hampshire - 30.0% (Battleground state.)

States with Below Median Populations of Gun Owners

  • 40. Delaware - 25.5%
  • 41. Florida - 24.5% (Battleground state. See Florida in 2012 Elections.)
  • 42. California - 21.3%
  • 42. Maryland - 21.3%
  • 44. Illinois - 20.2%
  • 45. New York - 18%
  • 46. Connecticut - 16.7%
  • 47. Rhode Island - 12.8%
  • 48. Massachusetts - 12.6%
  • 49. New Jersey - 12.3%
  • 50. Hawaii - 6.7%

Source - USACarry.com

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