What Is Gun Ownership Like State by State
by Deborah White ThoughtCo
There’s no way to get a precise count of gun ownership in the United States on a state-by-state basis. That’s due in large part to lack of national standards for licensing and registering firearms, which is left to the states and their varying degrees of regulation. But there are several reputable organizations that track firearms-related statistics, such as the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, which can provide a fairly accurate look at gun ownership by state, as well as annual federal licensing data.
According to the Washington Post, there are more than 350 million guns in the U.S. That figure comes from a 2015 analysis of data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). But other sources say there are far fewer guns in the U.S., perhaps 245 million or even 207 million. Even if you use a lower estimate, that’s still more than one-third of all civilian-owned guns in the world, making America No 1. in terms of gun ownership in the world.
A 2017 survey by the Pew Research Center reveals some more interesting stats about guns in the U.S. Handguns are the most common choice of firearm among gun owners, especially those who only own one weapon.