Urban Violent Crime & Legal Gun Ownership: A Story of Geographical Assault in the U.S.

By: Cassandra McBride | Ammo.com

Urban Violent Crime & Legal Gun Ownership: A Story of Geographical Assault in the U.S.

Urban Violent Crime Statistics Fast Facts

  • National Average Violent crime rate – 366.7 violent crimes per 100K people in the US nationwide in 2019. (Source)
  • Washington, D.C., had the highest violent crime rate in 2022, with 999.8 crimes per 100,000 people. (Source)
  • 89% of firearms used in crimes were obtained illegally, per a 2016 BJS report.
  • Of the 26,000 US homicides in the US in 2021, 60% (15,702) occurred in Metro and Fringe Metro areas.
  • Violent crime nationwide decreased by 1% from 1,326,600 in 2020 to 1,313,200 in 2021, with robbery decreasing by 8.6%, lowering the national average.
  • Violent crime rates in urban areas were 24.5 per 1,000 citizens in 2021. (Source)
  • There were 461,540 arrests for violent crimes in 2020 nationwide. (Source)
  • Suburban areas with a population of less than 50,000 had the most violent crimes in 2017.
  • Between 1994 and 2002, an increase in street gangs correlated with an increase in violent crime (61.1 homicides per 1.5 square miles).
  • Urban areas with a population size of 500,000-999,999 have the highest crude rate of violent crime. (Source)

Many factors play into violent crime victimizations in the U.S. Population size is only one factor. Poverty, criminality, education, and public policies all affect crime rates, particularly violent crime.

Violent crime costs American taxpayers more than $800 billion U.S.D. Annually according to this report. However, this isn’t the most sinister aspect of violence-related victimization in the United States. Recent reports indicate that there are 366.7 victims of violent crimes for every 100,000 people in the U.S. The highest violent crime rate in the U.S. occurs in communities with more than 500,000 and less than 1,000,000 residents.

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Most Gun-Friendly States in 2023

By: Cassandra McBride | Ammo.com

Friendliest states for gun owners map

How does your state rank in gun ownership when compared to the rest? Our results are surprising! We took into account the current gun laws, current legislators’ past voting history, taxes, and more to bring you this comprehensive list for 2023.

Jump to a state: IA | UT | GA | LA | FL | AZ | KS | TN | IN | KY | AL | AK | ME | WY | ID | ND | SD | TX | OK | MO | MS | MT | AR WV | NH

Report Highlights:

  • New Hampshire is #1 thanks to its incredibly relaxed gun laws, low crime rates, and lack of state sales tax.
  • West Virginia is #2 due to recent legislative actions to remove firearm restrictions and reduce sales tax on firearms and ammunition.
  • ArkansasMontana, and Mississippi are #3#4, and #5 thanks to their pro-2A governors, stand-your-ground laws, and relaxed carry and conceal requirements.
  • IowaUtah, and Georgia all dropped in the rankings to #23#24, and #25 due to enhanced restrictions on lawful gun owners, including taxes and fees.
  • Some states ranked better than others due to the current governors’ past and present 2nd Amendment voting history.

Scroll down to read how we ranked America’s best states for gun owners in 2023.

To see a larger version of our Friendliest States for Gun Owners Map, click HERE!

State rankings for gun owners

Best States for Gun Owners

#25 Iowa


Iowa allows law-abiding citizens to carry firearms under permitless carry laws but still offers a PCW (Permit to Carry Weapons[1]) for those over 21 years of age (those under 18 are eligible if the permit is required for work). The state honors 49 others’ CCWs, while Iowa’s citizens can carry in 33 states with a PCW.

While those purchasing firearms are still subject to federal background checks, a permit is no longer required in the mid-western state. Of course, standard sales tax[2] also applies to all firearms and ammunition purchases, but some state legislators have supported firearms tax holidays in the past.

Citizens do have some protections with Iowa’s self-defense laws[3], and there’s no duty to retreat. On another note, the state isconsidering passing legislation[4] to allow gun owners to keep firearms in their vehicles on school campuses. We are seeing some progress in Iowa for gun owners in the state under Governor Kim Reynolds. She was instrumental in passing legislation[5] that stopped requiring permits for purchases, and we’re interested to see where Iowa ranks in the list of best states for gun ownership in coming years.

#24 Utah

Utah is a constitutional carry state[6] with no registration requirements and options for CCWs, making it possible to travel to 36 other states (with 48 states honored). While there aren’t any additional taxes, firearm purchasers will pay an additional $7.50 for background checks (those with an in-state CCW are exempt from this fee). There also aren’t any tax exemptions for firearms and ammunition purchases.

However, those in Salt Lake County do have a duty to perform background checks for person-to-person purchases. Utah also has stand-your-ground laws[7] with no duty to retreat to protect those acting in self-defense from prosecution.

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10mm vs 9mm: Does 1mm Make a Difference For Your Self-Defense Handgun?

By: Chris Dwulet | Ammo.com

10mm vs 9mm

When it comes to self-defense, many shooters hold to the belief that you should shoot the caliber that has the best ballistics and the most stopping power that you can handle. These shooters like to favor a larger caliber bullet, such as the 10mm Auto.

Other shooters believe that the ideal defense round should be lightweight and have low recoil, allowing for accurate and quick follow-up shots as modern jacketed hollow points (JHP) have made the caliber debate moot. These are typically your 9mm Luger concealed carry permit holders.

The 9mm vs 10mm caliber debate is an interesting one as these two handgun rounds are extremely different from each other, despite their bullet diameter only being separated by 1mm. And it begs the question, is bigger actually better when it comes to self-defense?

In this article, we will compare the 9mm Luger and the 10mm Auto under the auspices of determining which round will be the better choice for personal defense.

What’s the Difference Between 9mm and 10mm?

When new shooters first hear about the 9mm Luger and the 10mm Auto, they often think that they are very similar cartridges. I mean how much difference can 1mm make?

Well, the answer is: Quite A Bit!

Sure, the bullet diameter is only 1mm different, but the bullet weight, muzzle velocity, and ft-lbs of energy are considerably different when comparing 10mm vs 9mm.

So, when you’re loading up your favorite semi-auto, which one do you go for? Do you go for your trusty Glock 19 or is a Glock 20 your go-to personal defense handgun?

In the next few sections, we will break down the differences between the 10mm Auto and the 9mm Luger to give you a better idea of which handgun caliber will be best for your needs.

Case Specs

Looking at the case spec chart, we see that the 9mm Luger and the 10mm Auto are extremely different.

The first thing to note is that the 10mm fires a 40-caliber bullet (0.401” bullet diameter) while the 9mm Luger fires a smaller, 9mm bullet (0.355” bullet diameter). Furthermore, the case capacity of the 10mm round is just short of double that of the 9mm, meaning that more gunpowder can fit into the 10mm allowing it to fire heavier bullets at a higher muzzle velocity.

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.40 vs .45: Which One Is Better For Self-Defense?

By: Chris Dwulet | Ammo.com

40 vs 45 acp

When it comes to picking a handgun cartridge for your carry gun or for home defense, you can’t go wrong with the 40 Smith & Wesson (S&W) or the 45 ACP.

Both cartridges have faithfully served shooters for decades. The 45 ACP cut its teeth in the trenches of WWI and served the U.S. Military faithfully all the way through Vietnam. On the other hand, the 40 S&W was baptized by fire in the concrete jungle by law enforcement officers (LEO), the FBI, and CCW permit holders starting in the 90s all the way up to the present day.

However, many shooters find themselves in a dilemma when they decide to purchase a new semi-auto pistol: Which one is better? 40 S&W or 45 ACP?

In this article, we will take an unbiased look at each pistol cartridge and analyze all of the ballistics data, so you don’t have to! By doing so, when you waltz into your favorite local gun store to pick out your new self-defense handgun, you’ll know which one is going to best fit your needs.

What is the Difference Between a .40 and a .45? Let The Handgun Cartridge Debate Begin

The 45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) is a rimless, centerfire, straight-walled pistol cartridge that was developed by John Moses Browning in 1904. After succeeding at military trials, it became the standard issue sidearm ammo for the Colt M1911 handgun. The 45 ACP fires 230-grain bullets at 830 feet per second (FPS) with 356 foot-pounds of muzzle energy per military standards.

The 40 S&W is a rimless, centerfire handgun cartridge that was developed in 1990 in a joint effort between Smith & Wesson and Winchester to satisfy the FBI’s needs for more effective defense rounds. The FBI initially adopted Lt Col. Jeff Cooper’s 10mm Auto for their new service cartridge but quickly discovered the recoil was too snappy for agents to handle. A reduced power load was developed that was the basis for the 40 S&W. Standard 40 S&W ammo fires a 165-grain bullet at 1130 FPS with 468 foot-pounds of muzzle energy.

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Best 40 S&W Ammo For Self Defense & Target Practice

By: Wes Littlefield | Ammo.com

Best 40 S&W Ammo For Self Defense & Target Practice

If you carry a Glock 23 or any other .40 caliber pistol, you should only trust your life with the best 40 S&W ammo for self-defense.

When it matters most, you must be able to depend on the accuracy and dependability of the round you have chambered.

Regarding target practice, accuracy, and dependability are nice. Still, often it comes down to price because the average person who carries can’t afford to practice with their carry ammo all the time.

So we usually compromise a little and meet in the middle with a similar round but less expensive than the ammo we carry.

So which ammo is best for each situation? I trust Hornady Critical Defense in my carry weapon because it’s reliable and powerful enough to take out a threat. However, it is expensive.

For plinking at the shooting range, I would use PMC 165gr FMJ-FN because it’s inexpensive, so I won’t be spending a fortune every time I visit the range.

Best 40 Cal Ammo

What are some of the best rounds you can purchase? Below you’ll find some of the best 40 self-defense ammo on the market and 40 S&W target ammo for training.

  1. Underwood 150gr JHP – Most Powerful .40 S&W Ammo
  2. Sellier & Bellot XRG Defense – Best 40 SCHP
  3. Hornady Critical Defense 165gr – Best .40 JHP
  4. Underwood 150gr JHP – Most Deadly 40 S&W Ammo
  5. Winchester Ready Defense 170gr – Hardest Hitting 40 Ammo
  6. Federal LE BallistiClean – Best Close Quarters Target .40 Ammo
  7. Speer Lawman 180gr – Best .40 S&W Indoor Target Ammo
  8. PMC 165gr FMJ-FN – Best 40 S&W Outdoor Target Ammo

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Mark Meckler’s “COS” Board Member has drafted a new Constitution which imposes gun control

By: Publius Huldah (Joanna Martin, J.D.)

Our Framers understood that a free State cannot exist without an armed and trained populace (the Militia).  Accordingly, they wrote a Constitution which prohibits the federal and State governments from infringing the natural right of the People to keep and bear arms.

Under our Constitution, the federal government has no authority to make any laws whatsoever over the Country at Large restricting the rights of the People to keep and bear arms.  Gun control is not an enumerated power.  Furthermore, the Second Amendment expressly forbids the federal government from infringing the right of the People (the Militia) to keep and bear arms.

The States are also prohibited from infringing the right of the People to keep and bear arms by Article I, Sec. 8, clauses 15 & 16, US Constitution.  Those two clauses provide for the Militia of the Several States, and implicitly prohibit the States from making any laws which would interfere with the arming and training of the Militiamen in their States. 1

Applications for Congress to call a convention under Article V, US Constitution

Various groups, such as Mark Meckler’s Convention of “States” (COS) organizations, have been lobbying State Legislators to pass applications asking Congress to call an Article V Convention.

Whether or not State Legislatures should ask Congress to call an Article V Convention is one of the most important – and contentious – issues of our time. The Delegates to such a convention, as Sovereign Representatives of the People, have the power to throw off the Constitution we have and propose a new Constitution, with a new and easier mode of ratification, which would create a new government. 2

The Pennsylvania Senators Roundtable Discussion

On November 8, 2021, several Pennsylvania Senators conducted a roundtable discussion about whether they should pass Mark Meckler’s “COS” application (SR 152) for Congress to call an Article V convention.  In addition to Mark Meckler and his allies, two large gun rights organizations, Gun Owners of America and Firearms Owners Against Crime 3 were present at the roundtable.

Much of what Meckler said at the roundtable is not true.  But this paper focuses on his comments ridiculing his opponents’ concerns that, if there is an Article V convention, we could lose our existing Right to keep and bear arms.

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I Trust Kyle Rittenhouse With A Gun More Than I Trust Alec Balsdwin

By: Daniel John Sobieski

The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is what has really been on trial in the Kyle Rittenhouse proceedings in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His use of that “giant gun,” as the liberal cable media describes his AR-15, to defend himself has been on trial, not the rioting, looting, burning, and killing that has occurred in the BLM/Antifa riots that ravaged the nation in 2020’s “mostly peaceful” protests.

That he successfully defended himself with that AR-15 against a less than stellar cast of pursuing potential murderers that were part of a raging mob of leftist loons is irrelevant. Kyle Rittenhouse was white, male, and bearing arms the Constitution of the United States said he could, therefore he was guilty as charged. Meanwhile, actor and producer Alec Baldwin roams free after killing his Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins, on the set of his movie, “Rust,” after failing to practice the gun safety gun control zealots scream about. Guns in the home to protect you and your family are dangerous and should be banned. Hollywood prima donnas recklessly waving and pointing guns at their movie crew members are not worthy of condemnation or accountability apparently. The irony in the Rittenhouse and Baldwin cases, aside from Rittenhouse being on trial for ending someone’s life with a gunshot while Alec Baldwin is not on trial for ending someone’s life with a gunshot, is that the only truly innocent person to die in these cases was shot by Alec Baldwin.

Kyle Rittenhouse was not chased and hunted down by the Vienna Boys Choir:

Joseph Rosenbaum, a 36-year-old residing in Kenosha, was the first man who Rittenhouse fatally shot on the evening of Aug. 25, 2020.   

Drone footage of the encounter appears to show Rosenbaum chasing Rittenhouse before the teenager turned around and fired four shots at close range, fatally striking Rosenbaum.

Rittenhouse testified that he acted in self-defense after Rosenbaum threatened to kill him and tried to grab his gun, but prosecutors argued that Rittenhouse provoked Rosenbaum earlier in the evening.

Hours before the fatal encounter, Rosenbaum had been released from a local hospital in the wake of a suicide attempt, the Washington Post reported last fall.

He had pending charges in Wisconsin for alleged domestic abuse and jumping bail at the time of his death.

In December 2002, a court in Pima County, Arizona, sentenced him to a decade in prison on child molestation charges. He spent just over 14 years in prison and committed dozens of disciplinary infractions, state records show.

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Louis L’Amour: America’s Prolific Western Novelist

By: Sam Jacobs | Ammo.com

louis lamourTo tell the tale of Louis L’Amour is to tell the tale of a bygone America, one where freedom was much easier to come by, though just as dangerous to defend.

L’Amour documented the world of frontier liberty, with all its perks and pitfalls, in an extensive manner that no one else can boast, penning over 100 Western novels. While his books were fiction, L’Amour knew the cowboy life second hand, growing up at a time when remnants of the Old West frontier were still very much alive in pockets of the country.

Louis L’Amour and the Twilight of the Frontier

L’Amour was born Louis Dearborn LaMoore in 1908 in Jamestown, North Dakota. He’s the seventh child of a large animal veterinarian, farm equipment broker, and local politician and his wife. Cowboys were a regular feature in L’Amour’s early life. His favorite fame was “cowboys and Indians,” but the genuine article regularly passed through Jamestown on their way from the ranches of Montana to the markets back east.

In addition to his surroundings and daily life, L’Amour was also taken with his grandfather’s tales of combat during the United States Civil War and against hostile Indian tribes during the taming of the American West. What’s more, education and learning were well prized in the LaMoore household. The young L’Amour, an avid reader of Jack LondonEdgar Rice Burroughs, and Robert Louis Stevenson, sopped up information like a sponge on topics ranging from literature to animal husbandry.

At 15, the LaMoore family fell on hard times, and Louis was forced to leave school. Over the next eight years, L’Amour would make money skinning cattle, working in mines, baling hay, and lumberjacking.

When the family needed a little extra money to move to the next town, L’Amour would try his hand at boxing. He continued to coach fighters even after his career was over, including a team from the Army who made it to the Tournament of Champions under his tutelage.

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