US States Gun Ownership Compared To Countries

Earlier today I ran across a post from the Motovo real estate blog. They have done some considerable research to compare states and the number of guns per state. They then created the infographic below which shows how each state compares to the country which has roughly the same number of guns as the state listed.

This infographic is a real eye opener as far as the number of guns in states like California which compares best with China! Check the graph to see how your state compares with which country around the world!

UPDATE: Keen eyed readers noticed that the number of guns owned = 88% of the population … in EVERY STATE. I am calling BS on these numbers. There is no way NY state has the same ratio of guns:population as TX.


Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Josh Callejas


    • QueenAnnesRevenge

      Don’t worry, those are just the babies that haven’t turned 2 yet ?

      • MadDog

        Unfortunately, most of those are illegal aliens.

    • Blake

      Definitely far from accurate (even though it’s a joke I figured I would still bring this up), individual Texans definitely own more than one gun.

      • Mike Crognale

        Yeah, most of us have one or two more. Lol

        • b4k9zp

          Most of the Texans I know don’t admit that they have guns to strangers at all.

    • b4k9zp

      So what!

  • Mouldy Squid

    Weird that Canada isn’t listed at all.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Interesting how the estimated number of firearms is just slightly under each population.

    • Michael Rice

      A little, but this just lists the number of REGISTERED firearms, not the number of gun owners VS the population. I would imagine the majority of gun owners have at least 2 firearms. With that said I’m a little surprised that there isn’t one state that has a higher number of guns than people (looking at you Alaska).

      • Maybe I am misunderstanding you. What is a registered firearm? The vast majority of states do not have any gun registries.

        • b4k9zp

          Every state has gun registries. Every Form 4473 that a buyer has to complete when buying a gun from a licensed firearms dealer is a registration form. So is the “bound book” that the FFL holder is required to keep. And, now, every state also has firearms owner registries, in the lists of those persons licensed to carry concealed.

          • Yes, those things can be used to try to track down who might have a firearm. But they are not firearm registries and don’t track private sales, gifts, home made firearms etc. There are no “registered firearms” in the vast majority of US states. Hence, the numbers in the referenced article are educated guesses at best.

          • r3dbull4dd1kt

            1) Federal Form 4473 is retained by the FFL–they are NOT sent in to some super-secret Government Storage Facility; Internet Tinfoil Hat BS, pure and simple…ask any FFL what his number 1 gripe is, I am certain many will say retaining records, because it is a Giant PITA for a small dealer
            2) The FFL’s “Bound Transaction Log” is likewise, retained by the FFL for references during routine ATFE and State Compliance inspections–it is not a freaking registration document…more Tinfoil Hat nonsense
            3) The absolute truth of the matter is not even The Peoples Republic of Kaliforniastan has any legitimate idea how many firearms exist within private hands–no state does…because it is literally not possible to calculate the number without reliable data…which doesn’t exist
            4) I guarantee you this list was fabricated from total fallacy for some nefarious argument regarding Gun Control Doctrine–because it serves no other purpose but that function…giving idiots a manipulated frame of reference on an astoundingly complex subject they cannot possibly understand

          • anon

            Stop ruining my delusional paranoia with facts and common sense.

          • claymore

            UNTIL one goes out of business then all those records MUST be boxed up and sent to the ATF where they are retained FOREVER. I know because it happened to me.

        • nadnerbus

          Even in California, long guns were not registered until 2014, and handguns only since 2001 or so. This map is a wild ass guess at best.

        • The Brigadier

          Maybe if you have a CC permit. Most automatics must be listed on the permit and these are open to any request for most states’ open records laws. In Texas, you can only carry the automatic you tested with and its listed on your permit. However you can carry any revolver and only the word ‘revolver’ is listed. Test with a .22 revolver and carry a .500 S&W. All legal if you really want to conceal carry such a heavy cannon.

    • Joat

      The number of guns is 88.8% of the population of each state

  • kregano

    I think it’s kind of amusing that even though the population of gun owners in each state is obviously below the actual population, they easily make up for all the people who don’t have guns.

    • b4k9zp

      People who admit to owning guns are a subset of the general population, that is true. How large a subset is open to debate. Many people estimate that about 60% of adults own at least one firearm.

  • Cal.Bar

    A cute thought, but wildly inaccurate of course. Setting aside comparing civilian firearms to a sovereign country’s heavy weapons, even an apples to apple comparison amongst the states has to take into account the TYPE of weapons owned. California’s 33 million guns are impressive, but when you realize that many/most are simple pistols or neutered AR’s with 10 round mags and bullet buttons it’s not so impressive when you consider that VA is widely considered to have the most fully automatic machine guns in private hands. I’ll put up a single F/A M-60 against dozens of 10 round neutered mag AR’s any day.

    • BattleshipGrey

      I think the map is supposed to be much more generic. My mind keeps wanting to translate the correlation to gun ownership instead of guns compared to the population. However the correlation of my state, Iowa, with Colombia, instantly takes me back to realize it’s just the (estimated) number of guns within the country. In Colombia’s example, those guns are probably strictly owned by the military and cartels, and maybe a handful by farmers, since gun ownership is mostly illegal, especially in the cities.

      For the average person to look at this map, a gun is a gun and equally lethal in their minds. While your statement is correct, I don’t think it’s supposed to compare which state could beat out the others. However, I’d like to see a map of what you’re talking about.

    • Alt Jensen

      Yup, completely inaccurate. It’s like they took gun/person ratio and applied it directly to the population of each state. I guarantee that there are not 17 million guns in NY.

      And I’m pretty sure that there are more guns than people here in Utah.

      • Alt Jensen

        So much for “They have done some considerable research to compare states and the number of guns per state.”

        • DaveP.

          Unless they show their methodology, all that is is an unsupported claim.

          • supergun

            Most likely many millions more guns.

        • That’s what they say and I have evidence otherwise.

      • supergun

        You would surprised about New York. There are millions in Upstate New York that love their guns. They would take that bet and win.

    • Blake

      Uh how is a fact-based list of how many guns are in each state ‘wildly inaccurate’? You’re imposing what matters to you into a subject that has nothing to do with your preferences. What’s with the salty comment over a freaking useless graph that’s posted here for entertainment value?

      • b4k9zp

        From what source do these “Facts” come?

    • John

      >California’s 33 million guns are impressive, but when you realize that
      many/most are simple pistols or neutered AR’s with 10 round mags and
      bullet buttons it’s not so impressive when you consider that VA is
      widely considered to have the most fully automatic machine guns in
      private hands.

      When you come from an anti-firearm country, even a single-shot firearm available to the common public is impressive. The Japanese certainly thought so.

      • b4k9zp

        Many years ago, when I was last in Orlando (1999 or so), I found a gun shop there that had an indoor pistol range. They had a deal where a person could rent a IMI Desert Eagle handguns in .44 Magnum, .41 Magnum and .50 AE. handgun and fire up to 25 rounds (I think) at a target–either a paper silhouette or builseye target, or a tee shirt they would sell to the shooter for a fee. The shooter got to keep the target to show to their friends.

        The owners of the place said their biggest customers were folks from Japan, China, and some of the European countries where ownership of such weapons is illegal.

        Sadly, when I went back in 2001 (October of that year), that gun range was no longer in business at its former location.

      • dethscul

        I’d say the CA results are a bit skewed, how many of these guns are owned by movie production companies/studios in and around LA/SF to lease to the studios?

    • Kit

      Cal, you have no idea whats out here & takes about 3 min to convert a CA. AR into a standard model.

      • nadnerbus

        Yeah. I don’t know anyone with a bullet button AR that doesn’t have the standard spring and button, along with a BB wrench or other tool to change it out if they leave state or some “other” reason.

        And I think people would be surprised at how many normal capacity mags are out and about. People just don’t use them because they are illegal to use in a AR with evil features.

    • supergun

      There are many who have 30 rounders, short barrels, silencers, and even automatics.

    • anon

      You would? Geez pal, I think you are way off base. “Dozens of 10 round ARs” even California semi-auto ARs, in the hands of competent and well-led infantry, would make short work of a single M-60. Even if you give the machinegunner a pillbox or foxhole. History is not on your side on this topic.

      Is a machinegun a fearsome, deadly weapon? Obviously. But it is not magic. Manpower, bravery, and tactics will overcome.

      My brother served two tours in the Marines in Iraq. Including a year in Fallujah, when it was at the low-point of shithole free-fire zones. He says he *never* fired in full auto outdoors. The only time he even *selected* full-auto was when going indoors to clear houses– where an M-60 would be a liability not an advantage.

      I’d say full auto is overrated, or at least, misunderstood. When one trigger squeeze will reliably drop an enemy out to 500 yards… and especially in an urban environment with limited sight lines OR in a rural/civil war hypothetical context where we Californians are carrying our own ammo and resupply is limited… the disadvantages of our restrictive semi auto law are exaggerated.

      And the purported 10-round limit is no big deal. All my AR mags are riveted to block the follower at 10 rounds, but they are the same 30 round mags you have wherever you live. And it would take me about 5 seconds with a drill to take the rivet out, if need be.

      But history teaches us it is far less likely that China will invade California, or zombies will walk the earth, or Mexican immigrants rise up and need to be put down. These are delusional scenarios. By far the most likely scenario any of us in California, or any other US state, are going to face is a) statistically, defending ourselves from each other, and from the whackos and far less likely, armed civilian criminals, or b) strategically, not a foreign invasion, but some kind of civil war. For example, after a nightmare scenario where society breaks down.

      So why do we own 33 million guns here in California? Because we can. We like to shoot, at the range, or in the wilderness. And because it is our right, just like yours. The anti-California claptrap on this site (though FB is better than 99% of gun sites on the web) just makes you the people spouting it look like knee-jek ditto-head idiots– the kind of idiot who would prefer to have one “perfect” un-neutered machinegun, rather than dozens of ARs in the hands of the good guys.

      Lastly lemme just say, “Firearms not politics.” I tried hard in this comment to avoid the usual U.S. political polarization. Let’s focus on the guns, what they can do, why we like them, and what makes this country great. And not descend down the swirling toilet bowl of over-simplified political jibjab.

    • lightguy

      spray and pray always works good till that one AR neutered one shows up with a scope and one round later that M-60 needs a new gunner at the trigger

    • marcus johannes

      I found your comment interesting , I always believed it is not the weapon ,But the Warrior that wields it

  • Russ

    Never would’ve thought Kalifornia topping the list. If it wasn’t for their antigun laws I bet that figure would be much higher. Being a law abiding Kali resident all my life, I still can’t buy my first handgun since it’s not approved on the roster, nor do i have a “firearm safety certificate, and on top of that don’t have a second proof of residence, even though I own long guns…talking about “common sense laws”

  • Rob

    Are these comparing firearms owned by civilians only? If so, I am surprised that the Chinese government allows that many people to be armed.

  • spencer60

    I think it’s interesting that almost every state has 1-gun-per-resident…

    • MR

      .888 guns per resident. What’s so odd about that?

  • Cyberats

    The map is confusing and pointless, a ratio of guns vs. population per state would’ve been a better summary. Some countries named have strict gun BANS.

  • Mouldy Squid

    The CFP is best guesses, but sometime useful if you need a back of the envelope number. I just find it strange that Canada seems to be forgotten when it comes to the kinds of comparisons these infographics make. It’s like everyone thinks there are no guns in Canada or something.

    • It does seem strange I’ll agree with you on that.

      • MR

        Not sure if serious…

    • floppyscience

      “It’s like everyone thinks there are no guns in Canada or something.”

      I can safely say even many Canadians think there are no guns in Canada. I lived in a city with 300k people and ONE little gun shop. People always acted surprised when I mentioned having an RPAL or going by the gun store. The most common thing I heard was, “I thought guns are illegal? That’s why we don’t have any shootings”.

    • Anomanom

      Canada isn’t a state. (Although North Dakota is entirely fictional, and it’s on the list, so…) Given that there 195 countries in the world, most countries got left off the right side of the list.

      • b4k9zp

        North Dakota is fictional? It’s listed on the list of states that were admitted to the Union–it became a state on November 2, 1889–the 39th state in the Union.

  • Don Ward

    Woohoo. Washington state has the same ratio as South Africa! Time to start practicing my Lethal Weapon 2 lines.

    “It’s just been revoked!”

    • ClintTorres

      “Diplomatic Immunity!”

  • ClintTorres

    As much as you people like to bash California…We got the most guns, Baby!!

    • I noticed that as well. I was talking to a Beretta rep at SHOT, and apparently we account for nearly 20% of gun sales. Who’d of thought?

      • Michael Dunn

        I think the gun manufacturers, like Just Right Carbines, understand this and put the bullet button on the left side for right-handed shooters in California. If I get a right sided bullet button (more common) I’d have to also get an UBML to make it efficient.

    • Weapons with bullet buttons only count as 1/4 of a gun, so really it’s much lower!

  • Anomanom

    I figured that texas would have more guns than people.

    • MR

      According to another poll, only 40% of Wyoming residents own guns. If both of these polls are correct, Wyoming gun owners own an average of two guns each. That’s not even a rifle, shotgun, and handgun each. Odd, IMO.

  • tb556

    Every state is 88.8% guns to people. This is dumb and fake.

    • nadnerbus

      There is precisely zero way anyone can know how many total guns exist in any given state, much less what percentage of people are gun owners. I would wager that, guns being a rather durable commodity, there are likely more guns than people if you factor in grand dad’s squirrel guns and grandma’s old 380 and the like. But again, short of self reporting, there’s no way to know, and we all know self reporting is futile. Who the hell tells a random poll taker about their guns?

    • The Brigadier

      Right now America has roughly 450 million guns and 330 million people. I do believe that is over 100%. Must be liberals. The only math they can do is basic arithmetic and they do that badly.

  • Dan

    It is unclear what the other countries’ gun stats mean. Is it for guns in total (private and government), or guns in private ownership? For the Philippines, for instance, it is estimated that there are indeed 3.9 million privately owned guns, aside from the millions more M1 Garands, grease guns, M1 carbines, and M14 battle rifles that the government has in stock.

    If so, then color me surprised seeing China having 16 million privately owned guns. Wow! Who would think an anti-democratic country would allow citizens to own any kind of weapon.

    • Jim_Macklin

      Many of those guns in China may be flintlocks.

      Back in the early 1950s, the Shooter’s Bible and Gun Digest included a section in the catalog [ages called TRADE GUNS.
      These were mostly flintlocks and a few percussion cap muskets and shotguns suitable for the people of India, Africa and South America.
      I no longer have my collection of old books, but Google says there are 1954 Shooters Bibles for sale on line. Maybe somebody will copy some of those Trade Gun pages and post them.

  • Arthur Lueck

    AKA these are the states that suck most at avoiding gun registration

  • mud

    Meaningless numbers. What are the sources?

  • smartacus

    haha! Delaware compares to Congo

    • smartacus

      very coincidental :

      Florida – Mexico
      New Jersey – Italy

      • MR

        Hmmm, can’t say I’ve ever seen the People’s Republic of California compared to China before.

        • smartacus

          San Jose already can be mistaken for Shanghai

  • Jeff

    900K will only be a guess for NZ as we are not registered. Per capita that’s not bad though. There are 4.5 million of us with 0.9 million pieces. 1-5 ratio.

  • Jim_Macklin

    Figured don’t lie, but liars can figure is an old saying. The type of gun matters considerably when considering potential military power vs. purely sporting arms.
    The 12 gauge Browning BT99 single shot trap gun would not be a good choice for home defense against one or two home invaders. An 870 with a 5 shot or bigger magazine is a better choice. But still not an ideal militia arm.
    In 1939 the SCOUS stated that the militia was expected to appear when necessary “bearing their private arms” of the type in current service. This means an M14, M16/M4 or other arm.
    The SCOUS was not asked to rule on the militia purpose of a M1918 BAR but a sawed off double barreled “Wells Fargo type” of coach gun. The Justices did not know intuitively whether a shotgun was a military arm, but the “assault rifle” clearly is and was.
    Clearly, the 1934 NFA and all since then are clearly unconstitutional. They are also not effective a controlling crime since one gun of any kind in the hands of one criminal can cause great havoc. In countries where guns are almost non-existent in the general population, simple gardening tools are used in many killings.
    The family and society are the forces which fight crime and the United States government has been actively undermining both since 1960.

    • b4k9zp

      In the 1939 U.S. V Miller case, the court merely said that they had no evidence presented to them that showed them that possession of a short-barreled shotgun was of use to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated mililtia, and so could not say that the racist 1934 National Firearms Act was unconstitutional. This was because Miller, the defendant, was not represented by legal counsel (he had died) in oral arguments before the court, and so the only evidence presented to the court was that presented by the federal attorney, the author of the unconstitutional 1934 NFA.

      Had Miller been alive and represented by competent legal counsel, the Court would have been made aware of the fact that “short-barreled shotguns (barrel length of less than 18.5 inches) had been used by the U.S. Military in the Philippine Insurrection, the Boxer Rebellion, Haiti (1915), World War I (1917-1918); Nicaragua and by the US Postal service guards of US Mail cars on the railroads, and several other instances (single-shot, double-barrels, and even the new semi-automatics) .

      • Jim_Macklin

        Very true. In 1939 the SCOUS had not incorporated the Second Amendment. Also the NRA paid attention only to the National Matches and International shooting competitions. The NRA did not become politically active until about 1972, four years after passage of the 1968 Gun Control Act.
        Even with all that the SCOUS did not decide the MILLER case, despite what the ATF claims. The Court remanded the case back to Arkansas for the purpose of holding a trial to create the trial record the Court did not have “within judicial notice” so they could eventually issue a decision.
        If I was a conspiracy believer I would suggest that Miller was killed by government agents so that trial would not happen. But it is more likely he died while bootlegging, killed by a rival gang.
        The modern gun control push in the USA began with the Sullivan Law in New York. Tim Sullivan was a leader of the Five Points Irish Gang [see movie Gangs of New York] and he was elected by voter intimidation most likely. He wrote the law so he could deny a gun permit to rival gangs and issue permits to his gang. New York law is still that way, a politician decides who may or may not get a carry permit.
        Crime has never been decreased by NY style gun control because such laws are intended to promote crime. [IMHO]
        I must be remembered that the American Revolution began April 19, 1775 when the British Army marched to Concord & Lexington to confiscate “colonists arms” which included muskets, cannon, gun powder and flints [primers of the 1770s], also swords and other militia weapons.

        • b4k9zp

          The SCOTUS never had to “incorporate” the second amendment, first since it was an absolute prohibition against any laws by any governmental entity against the right to keep and bear arms, and second, that right was supported by Article IV, section two paragraph one of the Constitution, as well as the Fourteenth amendment’s clear language.

          Read “Stephen P. Halbrook’s “Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, 1866-1876”, in which professor Halbrook shows how the legislative history of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Civil Rights laws of 1866 and 1871 were created SPECIFICALLY to preserve the rights of the newly freed black citizens of the USA, including the rights to own property (including guns), to be armed at all times, and to vote, and with the incorporation of the Equal protection of the laws clause of section one of the fourteenth amendment, the rights of all other citizens, against the actions of local and state governments.

          Agreed, the NRA was forced to become politically active when the racist, unconstitutional 1968 Gun Control Act was passed.

          I agree with your other statements. Sounds like you’ve been reading the same real history books I have been.

          • Jim_Macklin

            If you read the entire Dred Scott case from the 1850s, wherein the SCOUS clearly stated that all citizens could bear arms, singly or in company, could cross state lines bearing arms and went on to say that Black people could not do those things and therefore were not citizens and could never be citizens. That was a SCOUS with a majority of Virgina Justices.
            It only took a war to remedy that case moot.
            After the Civil War thousands of Freedmen tan for office as Republicans and became mayors, State and even US Senators.
            In response the Democrat Party in the South created the KKK to terrorize the black citizens. When the Federal Army was withdrawn from the South as Reconstruction ended, the experienced white Democrat politicians again regained office and power and the blacks were again third class. Until the Great Depression, blacks voted Republican until the welfare checks started rolling in. Then in the 1960s the residency requirements for welfare changed and southern blacks migrated to the northeast and north central where welfare checks were bigger. Unfortunately the job skills of the cotton and tobacco fields did not prepare many of these people for jobs in Washington, DC or Detroit. So the welfare state grew and the traditional strong black family was often destroyed.
            The SCOUS always ducked making a simple clear ruling on the Second Amendment. In the PRESSER from Chicago, the Court said that a requirement for a parade permit did not infringe on the Second Amendment, besides it was a state matter.
            It wasn’t until the HELLER case that the Court could not duck the facts. For the first time they stated that it was a right of the individual. Then in the McDONALD case the Court ruled that it was applicable to all in all states.
            Beside Halbroock, avid T. Hardy and particularly David E. Young have written excellent books.
            I’ve been doing this for about 55 years. Asked me how many commas were in the Second Amendment when it was ratified? A good clue, look at the 1959 Alaska and Hawaii Bills of Rights, which were copied directly from official US Government sources. Then ask yourself what possible difference there is between reading one comma or three commas?

  • David Johnson

    I gotta get my ass toTexas….

  • jed

    These statistics do not make much sense, for Spain has a population of some 46 million people and some of the most strict gun control rules in EU.
    This is a great sight for gun news (I read it daily), but not so much when it comes to nonsensical politics of it all (perhaps this reflects my perspective on politics in general).

  • wetcorps

    How does one obtain such numbers without gun registration?

    • nadnerbus

      Most likely from a body cavity.

  • Jim_Macklin

    During WWII, the United States Army Air Corps dropped hundreds of tons of small arms into Europe so the underground could fight the Germans. After the war very few of those arms were turned in to US or Allied forces. Guns that were turned in were often old, long obsolete arms.

  • jakashh

    lmao, NY is like Pakistan? Clearly they’re only counting registered Pakistani guns.

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  • DAN V.

    Thats a lot of friggin guns!

  • Kovacs Jeno

    It is totally bullshit.
    In Hungary the map/chart lists 555 thousand firearms, but in the reality it is only cca. 200.000.

  • koc keung wu

    these numbers are so inacurate there are no 33 milion fire arms in china or 5 mil in spain

    even the military doesn have that much

  • Zius Patagus

    Not only grossly inaccurate… How are they determining gun ownership by state or country? Does it include military, police, long guns, pistols, unregistered i.e, untraceable firearms? …but these comparisons are completely meaningless. What’s even the point unless it is an attempt by anti gun people to say “hey, we have more guns state by state than most countries have.” Which of course in itself is a meaningless statistic.

  • Reality Blowz

    With that many gun owners in California, I wonder how they let their gun laws become so restrictive?
    Gun owners there need to get off of their collective arses and get politically motivated before they start to lose those firearms to confiscation.

    • Jeff Heeszel

      Bear in mind a single person may own dozens of guns, but doesn’t get dozens of votes.

  • supergun

    The moral of the story: There are a lot of dam guns in America.

    • MR

      I’ve heard of a dam lake, but not a dam gun. Would that be an earthen dam, concrete dam, hydro-electric maybe?

      • supergun

        It is a damn made with dam guns.

  • FarmerB

    Hmmm, aren’t all the gun numbers 88.8% of the population numbers for the state? I suspect a big WAG number was smeared thinly over the whole country. I checked a few, and they are all 88.8%

  • Michael

    Wow, California beats Texas.

  • tr7fan

    so now were being compared to foreign nations. WE ARE AMERICANS CANT YOU GET THAT THRU YOUR HEAD

    • tr7fan-fan

      panties in a wad? WTF buddy?

  • 6.5x55Swedish

    I’d like to see this with guns/capita.

  • CJS3

    Some of the countries listed have an outright ban on the private ownership of guns by civilians. So the comparison is between government owned and privately owned? Sort of like comparing radios and ipads, right? They’re both electronics. How do the numbers compare when you add in the various American LE and military arms?

  • Jerry_In_Detroit

    The number of guns owned in a state is 88.8% of each state population. One would normally expect some variation from state to state. I say bovine excrement!

  • Flackman10

    Well…well…well. I see by the funny papers that the Liberal Languishing State of California is reported to have more than 33,000,000 firearms. However, since their handgun laws are so strict, I could dodge the measly ten rounds their magazines hold and bring a boatload of Texas super magazines to the table before anyone could say spit.

  • wayno

    newzealand has around 4.5m people and roughly 3.2m firearms on average 3 minumum per person, they should really update this stuff

  • DIR911911 .

    so going by this then only about 10% of chinese don’t have guns? this is the most retarded bullshit that I’ve seen on here.

  • Alex Nicolin

    Romania, a country of 18M, has around 160K firearms, about 0.9/100 people.

  • Jake Barnes

    Is this supposed to compare population and number of guns owned? New Zealand’s population is abour 4.5 mil. Not 1 mil.

  • ClintTorres

    You must have been in 29 Palms because Oceanside/North San Diego is really nice.

    • Evan

      Hahaha yup. Never been to Oceanside, only time I was ever at Pendleton at all was to pick up someone from the brig. Not a big fan of San Diego though, the zoo is overrated, and I drove around for an hour with the wife looking for a place to get dinner for less than $50.

      • Phil Hsueh

        You really can’t base CA on the Stumps, although if all I regularly saw of CA was the Stumps I’d probably have a pretty negative opinion of it too. Idiotic politics and policies aside, CA is not a bad state to live in, we have (overall) good weather, lots to see and do, and lots of great food. You just have to stay out of LA proper and SF and you’ll see what a great place CA can be.

        • Evan

          I’ve been all over CA. San Francisco is basically New Sodom, and LA even manages to be worse than that somehow, San Diego is overrated at best, the only part of the entire state of California that wasn’t awful was Yosemite National Park. And the one time I was there (I was 12), that was a pretty awful camping trip. I was in a one man pup tent, it didn’t breathe at all, and I managed to knock it down on myself and get soaked with my own condensed breath. So after I eventually gave up on trying to untangle and re-erect the tent, I went to just sit by the fire and try to sleep. I melted the soles of my boots. I did catch my first fish there though, and learned how to clean and cook it, so that was pretty cool. But overall, California blows choad.

          You do have awesome Mexican food though.

          • The Brigadier

            Come to West Texas and try our Mexican food. California’s is a weird imitation.

          • ClintTorres

            Dude, you sound like the outdoorsy type. Bet you’d like Sequoia, well, when it’s not on fire.

          • Evan

            I would kind of like to see that, but I’m not sure it’s worth going to California for.

      • The Brigadier

        The zoo is one of the best in the world.

        • Evan

          No, it’s not. Most of the exhibits are lame, no attempts are made to put the animals in any kind of habitat at all, and when I was there they didn’t even have a male lion. Yeah, they have pandas, and they breed pandas, which is apparently pretty rare, but I was underwhelmed by the pandas and disappointed with everything else. The Bronx Zoo in New York is exponentially better.

    • The Brigadier

      I liked San Diego and its Balboa Park. The Zoo and the Botanical Gardens were first rate. LA is a ship hole and San Francisco is the start of Northern California and it is what it is as Evan described.

  • Phil Ward

    A swift response?

  • english

    watch out Oregon, I’m coming for my back-taxes.

  • Danny Gonzalez

    not even one US state with more guns than people? I’m disappointed.

  • Dolphy

    This can’t be right. It’s like everywhere you go the gun count is 90% of the population. That just can’t be right. And then the states are all somehow given different countries. Something’s not right.

  • MichaelZWilliamson

    I’m on the Pakistan firearm owners forum, a strong-minded bunch who appreciate our 2nd Amendment. There are a LOT more than 20 million firearms in Pakistan, and that’s just the registered ones.

  • David169

    I think the entire body of numbers is an estimate based upon.88 guns per person. I’m sure Alaska and Texas have more than 1 gun per person and other more restrictive states like New York and New Jersey have less. Personally I believe there is more than one gun per person in our country. The map may be a shock and awe awakening to any anti-gun people.
    However, the anti-gun crowd must be filling their pants because any effort to disarm American citizens is virtually impossible given the numbers presented above. I hope this is sent to every anti-gun politician. I would also bet that Obama alone has added at least 10% to the number of guns in the US.

  • David169

    You are just what the anti-gun crowd wants because you don’t understand your rights. First of all the first clause of the 2nd Amendment is called a prefatory clause and it precedes what is to be said or said another way it introduces the topic of the amendment. …,”the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” is the operative clause and the meaning of the 2nd Amendment.
    Secondly when any insurance company has you matched up with the serial numbers on any gun you have placed yourself and your firearm on another data base or two.

  • Grampstang

    They took a poll in some city, probably in a western state other than Cal. and applied the numbers to the entire U. S. Numbers for eastern and especially New England states are total crap.

  • Douglas Ervin

    China has next to zero gun ownership for its citizens-are they including military?

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    I like guns and I like data, so I clicked the link to see this article. What a disappointment. The concept of comparing US states to the number of guns in various countries is marginally useful, but the data is clearly not even close to accurate, so it’s worse than useless. Bad data is worse than no data, in exactly the same way that a lie is worse than saying nothing.

    This entire TFB article with the made up data should be deleted. At the very least, it detracts from the good reputation TFB has garnered as a consolidator of reliable and useful firearms information.

  • GenEarly

    The population stats aren’t up to date….hasn’t FL surpassed NY in population?
    ………….and for a prepper-relocator, Alabama looks good on the low population numbers and geographical factors.

  • Bob Curtis

    The United States currently has 90 guns per 100 people. No other country even comes close to that ratio.

  • CavScout

    Wish they had used all different countrie, so that we could better see how we compared to the rest of the world, gun for gun. Like, Spain is listed for several different states. Also, these are private firearms AND ones the foreign countries’ governments have, correct? Like, I’m sure China doesn’t have 33m privately owned firearms. Lol.

  • Canarsieboy

    Being that some homes have no guns and others have a dozen or more in them, i’m surprised that there are no states in the union that have more guns than their population amount. Also, as a New Yorker (Brooklyn born & raised; raising my family on Long Island for 23+ years), I take umbrage with the last sentence in the articles “Update” area. How would the author possibly know the gun own ratio between NY & Texas and come up with a stupid assumption that NYers can’t possibly have as many guns as Texans do? Pure BS! Other than liberal NY City, most of the counties in my rather large state are red, with many homes having many firearms in them. Semper Fi mates!

  • The Brigadier

    Most people won’t insure guns with standard insurers because those records become public knowledge and can be accessed by our government. If its a public corporation then its records are open for examination by federal law. That’s why the government hates private trusts. They must have evidence of wrong doing before they can get a warrant to search the trust’s records. I’m sure there are private insurers of firearms. Mine are under lock and key and protected by two Rottweilers, two red Dobermans and a .357 Magnum.

  • Ludlow Porch

    They are a little short on the number of guns in Florida. I have that many all by my self! LOL

  • John Laut

    Without registration how can any one. Guess the number of owners? Bogus!!!

  • I__AM__GOD

    Florida = Mexico? Uhhh I think not. Maybe they are counting the military?

  • I__AM__GOD

    Wow California representin. I guess gun control works.