Gun Ownership by State (2023 Statistics)

By: Cassandra McBride | Ammo.com

Where does your state rank in gun ownership? We analyzed all 50 states, gun ownership rates, and ownership percentages to bring you this article. Of course, we’ve also included the answers to some of your most burning questions about gun control, ownership, and crime.

Report Highlights:

  • The United States has the highest per capita rate of civilian firearm ownership at 120.48 firearms per 100 people.
  • American civilians own 46% (approximately 393.3 million) of the world’s 857 million civilian-use firearms. (Source)
  • Montana has the highest amount of gun owners (66.3%).
  • Wyoming has the most guns per capita, with 245.8 firearms for every 1,000 residents.
  • The top 5 states for gun ownership comprise only .8% of the nation’s firearm-related homicides (185 homicides between all 5 states).
  • The bottom 5 states for gun ownership comprise 4% of the nation’s firearm-related homicides (1,038 firearm-related homicides).
  • According to surveys, 36% of gun owners are white, 24% are black, and 15% are Hispanic. The remaining civilians do not personally own a firearm but do live in a home with someone who does.
  • Recent polls show that 32% of adults in the U.S. own at least one firearm.
  • 72% of gun owners say the main reason for owning a firearm is for protection.
  • According to this poll, 32% of US adults own at least one firearm.
  • New Jersey has the lowest rate of gun ownership at only 8.9% of the population and the least amount per capita (1.1 for every 1,000 people).

 5 states with the highest gun ownership and 5 states with the lowest gun ownership

Global Civilian Firearm-Ownership

Globally, it is estimated that more than 857 million civilians own firearms for personal or defensive use. It’s likely that this number is much higher than the registered firearms that local governments can track.

Note: This information is based on a survey. The information given is only as accurate as the respective government provides.

Global Civilian Firearm-Ownership

Global Civilian Firearm Rates & Gun Deaths

One of the more pressing questions regarding civilian firearm ownership is, “Do firearms result in more deaths?” If we compare ownership to firearm-related gun deaths (including homicides and suicides), the correlation between ownership rates and deaths becomes unclear.

Global Civilian Firearm Ownership & Gun Deaths

Gun Ownership Rates By State

While more states with strict firearm purchasing laws have fewer firearms, that isn’t always the case, despite State-mandated background checks and permits-to-purchase, many states still rank rather high.

Gun Ownership Rates By State

What State Has the Most Guns

It is estimated that Texas has more guns than any other state, with 1,005,555 guns and just over 29 million residents. Florida trails behind in second place, with 518,725 guns and a population of just over 21 million residents.

Rhode Island has the lowest number of guns, with 4,887, and a population size of just over one million residents.

What State Has the Most Guns

Gun Ownership Per Capita By State

While Wyoming doesn’t have the most guns of any state, it does have the most guns per person. Based on recent estimates, Wyoming has 245.8 guns per resident. In contrast, New Jersey has only 1.1 guns per resident, making it the lowest gun ownership state per capita.

Gun Ownership Per Capita By State

Percentage of Gun Ownership by State

Montana has the highest percentage of residents who own guns, with 65.7% of the population. Furthermore, New Jersey has the lowest percentage of gun owners (only 8.9% of residents own a firearm).

Percentage of Gun Ownership by State

State Firearm Ownership and Firearm-Related Deaths

Firearm Ownership & Firearm-Related Deaths

There is no direct correlation between gun ownership and firearm-related death. In fact, the five states with the highest firearm-related deaths have relatively low firearm ownership rates.

Firearm Ownership & Firearm-Related Deaths

Firearm Ownership & Firearm-Related Suicides

In 2021, there were 26,328 firearm-related suicides in the U.S. Thirty percent of firearm-related suicides in 2021 occurred in five states that don’t fall in the top ten for gun ownership.

Firearm Ownership & Firearm-Related Suicides

Firearm Ownership & Firearm-Related Homicides

The deadliest states in the U.S. in 2021 regarding firearms were Texas, California, Illinois, Florida, and Georgia. These states are not in the top fifteen for gun ownership.

Firearm Ownership & Firearm-Related Homicides

ATF Seizures and State of Origin

The ATF now tracks firearms recovered and their state of origin. Tracking firearms is important as it indicates which states are contributing to gun crime in strict areas. However, the states with the most guns are rarely the origin place of seized firearms. (Source)

Note: These firearms were recovered by the ATF. They may or may not have been involved in a crime.

ATF Seizures and State of Origin



The NSA and America’s Enemies

By: Cliff Kincaid

On the anniversary of 9/11, we are forced to consider the sad state of our so-called “intelligence” agencies, unable or unwilling to protect America. Much of the conservative commentary emphasizes the political nature of the FBI and the CIA and their determination to keep Donald J. Trump out of the White House and maintain the Obama/Biden Administration in power. But the National Security Agency (NSA) also bears watching.

The NSA is counting on Congress to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), ostensibly to collect information about foreign threats.

Yet, the NSA is currently celebrating the activities of a Soviet spy, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project scientist who worked on behalf of the Soviet Union and the development of its atom bomb project.

Indeed, America’s premier spy agency, the NSA has a display in its museum insisting that Oppenheimer was an innocent victim of anti-communist hysteria.

Consider that the National Cryptologic Museum is described by the spy agency as “NSA’s gateway to the public.”

What has happened to the NSA? It has gone woke.

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Antiquities Bust Highlights Trafficking of Cultural Heritage

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Low risk and high profits…

From Interpol in part:

Every June and December, we highlight the most wanted works of art through a poster that is distributed to countries.


The Soufan Center:

Police in Italy recently broke up a major international antiquities trafficking ring, seizing more than 3,500 ancient artifacts and arresting 21 people across multiple locations, in late May. The 21 detained suspects – 30 more remain at large – face charges that include criminal conspiracy, theft, and the illegal export of goods, according to a special unit dedicated to combatting the illicit trafficking of cultural property. The investigation by the Comando Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale, also known as the Carabinieri “Art Squad,” began last fall and uncovered several sites in southern Italy associated with the trafficking ring, including illegal dig sites and operational bases. During raids on the locations, police found ancient ceramics, jewelry, miniatures, and hundreds of bronze, gold, and silver coins dating from the 4th century B.C. to the 3rd century A.D. According to the police, the items have “inestimable historical, artistic, and commercial value.” Authorities also recovered excavation tools as well as documentation of illicit transactions in Italy and abroad. The criminal operation involved illicit actors at almost every stage of the process, including grave diggers, “fencers” (individuals who knowingly buy the stolen art to resell for a profit), and exporters (who facilitate sales of illegally sourced relics to auction houses and buyers abroad). Italy has taken a leading role on the issue of cultural heritage trafficking in the United Nations and more broadly.

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The Communist Moles in the U.S. Government

By: Cliff Kincaid

Six years ago, in our 2017 book on Barack Hussein Obama, Red Star Rising: The Making of Barack Hussein Obama and the Transformation of America, we concluded that Russia-gate was a diversion from the Russian penetration of the national Democratic Party and Russian control over, even blackmail of, Barack Hussein Obama.

With the release of the Durham report confirming Obama’s role in Russia-gate, which peddled the notion that Trump was a Russian agent, it’s time for Obama to be subpoenaed before Congress to explain what he knew and when he knew it. Questions also have to be raised, even at this late date, about his mysterious trip to Russia as a U.S. Senator, when his passport was confiscated.

As we noted back then, Russia-gate was a brilliant Marxist dialectical maneuver, as seen in the fact that Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat and a vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, emerged as a major critic of Russian influence in the Trump Administration. His father was Marcus Raskin, a former Kennedy administration official who was a founder of the Marxist Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and notoriously soft on Soviet Russia.

In the 1980s, in order to undermine Reagan’s defense buildup, Marcus Raskin and the IPS planned several conferences with Soviet officials believed to be under the influence or control of the Soviet intelligence services. At the time, 12 members of the U.S. Senate and 70 members of the House wrote to Secretary of State George Shultz, warning that the Soviet Union would use the events for intelligence purposes. IPS subservience to the agenda of the Soviet Union and its client state was a major topic of concern to those backing Reagan’s anti-Soviet policies. Journalist and author Brian Crozier wrote in National Review that the IPS was “the perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted if they 53 were to originate openly from the KGB.”

Steven Powell’s book on the IPS, Covert Cadre, includes photographs of identified Soviet agents who attended IPS functions or associated with IPS personalities. He names two as KGB officers. The IPS even hosted convicted Soviet spy Alger Hiss. It regarded him as innocent and launched a series of “Alger Hiss lectures” in 2002, after receiving a bequest from the estate of Alger and Isabel Johnson Hiss.

Ironically, Rep. Raskin used a speech in Washington, D.C. to denounce the Russians for using “active measures” or influence operations against the United States, the same kind that his own father’s organization facilitated.

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How Communists Are Programmed to Kill

By: Cliff Kincaid

Former President Trump says, “They will continue to viciously attack me, smear me, and even ARREST me despite not having committed a single crime.” He left out one thing – they tried to kill him.

A ricin-laced letter was sent to Trump by an anti-Trump activist from Canada by the name of Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier. This foreign national was apprehended and pleaded guilty.

Ricin is a toxic poison used by the Soviet KGB against its political enemies.

The report in her case stated, “In or around September 2020, the defendant made homemade ricin toxin at her residence in Quebec, Canada, using ingredients including castor beans. Ricin toxin is a deadly poison made from the waste material left over from processing castor beans. Ricin can be made in powder form. Ricin causes toxicity by preventing cells in an exposed individual from making Page 3 of 5 proteins, without which the cells die.”

In another high-profile assassination attempt, Nicholas John Roske arrived from California and was charged with attempting to murder Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He was incited by the leak of a Supreme Court ruling overturning abortion on demand.

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We Need Another Lincoln

By: Cliff Kincaid

Since I moved near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, I have developed a deep interest in the Civil War, labeled “America’s Greatest Tragedy” by historian Diana Loski. But as I read her column in an issue of a local magazine, The Gettysburg Experience, it was confirmed to me in dramatic terms that present-day Americans are living through America’s greatest tragedy, and the ultimate outcome may be in doubt.

But in contrast to understanding the nature and source of the conflict called the American Civil War, our current predicament is still a mystery to many Americans.

In this battle, we need another Lincoln.

Writing about the impact of such bloody and pivotal battles as Gettysburg, Loski writes about how the nation experienced war within its borders and then suffered through Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks. She concludes, “Even though these assaults constituted acts of war and the human losses were staggering, it cannot compare to experiencing invasion and enduring war within the land, where destruction and misery would be compounded to an exponential level.”

In fact, we have had a war within our borders for decades, as reflected in the communist-inspired Vietnam “anti-war” movement, led by domestic communists such as the Weather Underground, which resulted in the communist conquest of Vietnam. What Red China called the “black rebellion” riots of the 1960s erupted again in May 2020, when historic St. John’s church near the White House was almost burned down by Marxist BLM and Antifa activists. Today, eco-terrorism is on the rise.

Equally important, there is a civil war in America over abortion, a procedure that has already taken 60 million lives. Women are right in the middle of this civil war, a choice between motherhood or Bella Abzug-style Marxist feminism.

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Highlighted Profile: Johnnie Hunter

By: Trevor Loudon | KeyWiki

Johnnie Hunter

Johnnie Hunter is the General Secretary of the Young Communist League of Britain. He also serves on the Communist Party of Britain National Executive Board and on the Political Committee.

He joined the Glasgow Young Communist League about a decade ago, soon becoming a Scottish Organizer.

Johnnie Hunter is also a member of the Glasgow Communist Party, a solicitor, and a union activist. In October 2017 Hunter was a British delegate to a World Federation of Democratic Youth-run communist youth festival in Sochi, Russia.

Johnnie Hunter, bottom left

The festival was timed to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution and was keynoted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In Sochi, Johnnie Hunter met with Mikhail Kononovich, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine youth wing.

Johnnie Hunter left, Mikhail Konovich right

Mikhail Konovich and his brother Aleksander Kononovich are now in jail in Ukraine, accused of acting as agents of Belorussia and the Russian invasion forces.

In April/May 2022, Johnnie Hunter, fellow YCLer Micaela Tracey-Ramos, and about thirty young British labour activists traveled to Cuba to pick crops for the revolution and to meet with Cuban Communist Party officials.

Johnnie Hunter and Micaela Tracey-Ramos in Cuba

The “highlight” of the trip for most of the delegation was joining a thousand international guests from 60 countries on the tribune in front of the José Martí memorial in Revolution Square to watch the first May Day march in three years.

They shared the viewing platform with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and former president Raul Castro.

Johnnie Hunter was also affiliated with the Zero COVID Coalition, the Communist Party of Britain front group for pushing rigorous COVID-19 lockdowns.

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“There is No Shortage of Cruelty”

By: Cliff Kincaid

“There is no shortage of cruelty out there” is one of the comments in a public service announcement asking for donations to save animals. Pictures of dogs cowering for survival in a snow-filled landscape tug at your heartstrings. How can people abuse and mistreat animals? But how can people do this to one another?

I saw the ad after the anti-abortion March for Life occurred in Washington, D.C. and news is breaking that the world is bracing for another massive Russian military assault on the people of Ukraine. Both events have one thing in common – the philosophy of atheistic communism.

Yet, the world seems indifferent to the fate of the unborn and the fate of Ukraine

Ex-Communist Whittaker Chambers explained how the abortion mentality was the communist mentality. “Abortion was a commonplace of party life,” he wrote in his classic 1952 work Witness. “There were Communist doctors who rendered that service for a small fee. Communists who were more choosy knew liberal doctors who would render the same service for a larger fee. Abortion, which now fills me with physical horror, I then regarded, like all Communists, as a mere physical manipulation.”

It was all physical because, in the communist view, there was nothing spiritual.

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A Republican Church Committee?

By: Cliff Kincaid

You are hearing a lot about a “Republican Church Committee” that will uncover “the weaponization of government” against conservatives. We are being promised the “unveiling” of FBI, CIA, and other federal agency abuses. But some of the new popular conservative commentators do not understand the damage done by the Church Committee, and who its chairman, Frank Church, really was.

Equally important, we must understand how the FBI, CIA and other agencies were stripped of their ability to target our enemies and instead were directed to monitor and imprison President Trump and his supporters. That is the key issue.

In my view, these agencies were hollowed out from within by people like Frank Church and turned over to left-wing activists and foreign infiltrators, reaching the zenith of their power under Barack Hussein Obama.

A Senate website offers this analysis of how the original Church Committee came about: “In 1974 Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Seymour Hersh published a front-page New York Times article claiming that the CIA had been spying on anti-war activists for more than a decade, violating the agency’s charter. Former CIA officials and some lawmakers, including Senators William Proxmire and Stuart Symington, called for a congressional inquiry.”

However, a conservative analysis shows that the purpose of the Church committee was to sabotage the ability of the intelligence agencies to conduct warfare against communist entities at home and abroad. Frank Church, an ultra-liberal Democratic Senator from Idaho, was defeated in 1980 when Republicans came to power under Ronald Reagan.

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Bluffing Their Way to an Art. V Convention Part 2: The Best PR Money Can Buy

By: Judi Caler

In Part 1, we saw that ever since 1907, 2/3 or more of the States have had at least one active application on record asking Congress to call a convention under Art. V. And if Congress is hoodwinked into validating all non-rescinded applications by passing H.R.8419 or its 2023 counterpart,[i] Congress will likely trigger the first constitutional convention since 1787.

So why wasn’t Congress deceived into calling a convention 50 or 100 years ago? Perhaps it’s because the PR industry hadn’t come of age yet! To justify a “call,” Congress, whose priority is getting re-elected, would require considerable constituent pressure—or the appearance of such—before casting a vote that would risk our Constitution.

Enter Mark Meckler, President of the Convention of States (COS), who has been waging a PR war with millions of dollars in dark money for almost a decade. COS is creating the impression that Americans are demanding a “convention of states” under Article V, while most Americans have no clue what an Article V Convention (A5C) is.

“Grassroots”—From the Top Down?!

In 2011—while Meckler was still with the Tea Party and just getting involved in the convention deception, he joined Eric O’Keefe’s John Hancock Committee of the States (JHCOS) as a Director and President. O’Keefe is known as the front man for the Koch brothers’ money. He is also Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Meckler’s Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG)—parent to COS.

In its 2011 IRS filing signed by Meckler, JHCOS reported over $1.8 million in anonymous contributions (pg. 1), and almost one million dollars in expenses to public relations & lobbying firms (pg. 8).[ii] At least 38% of the contributions can be traced to Donors Trust, the “dark money ATM” of the Right.

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