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What state buys the most guns?
« on: January 06, 2013, 11:11:57 AM »
What state buys the most guns?

Posted By Mike Piccione On 11:08 AM 01/03/2013 @ 11:08 AM In Gun Laws & Legislation,Guns and Gear,Uncategorized | No Comments

If we use the National Instant Criminal Background Check System , or NICS, as a proxy for gun sales we see that Kentucky is the runaway leader in gun sales for 2012.

Four states exceeded one million Federal Bureau of Investigation NICS checks; Kentucky, Texas, California and Illinois. Kentucky is the only state to exceed two million background checks.

Background checks are only a proxy measure for gun sales. A buyer may purchase more than one gun through a gun dealer, depending on the local laws, once the background check comes back authorizing the purchase.

The list of states and their 2012 total NICS background checks is compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

State and Total NICS checks for 2012:

States with over 1,000,000 background checks in Bold.
Alabama   431,356
Alaska  85,342
Arizona 339,663
Arkansas 246,193
California  1,132,603
Colorado  414,838
Connecticut 237,496
Delaware 30,724
District of Columbia  449
Florida  834,319
Georgia  465,560
Guam  930
Hawaii  17,428
Idaho  136,482
Illinois  1,036,061
Indiana  475,607
Iowa  147,700
Kansas   210,972
Kentucky  2,589,358
Louisiana  326,290
Maine   91,834
Mariana Islands  5
Maryland  136,604
Massachusetts  210,453
Michigan  430,405
Minnesota   440,992
Mississippi  222,297
Missouri  513,303
Montana  134,455
Nebraska  85,860
Nevada  146,363
New Hampshire   128,178
New Jersey  85,851
New Mexico  143,419
New York  338,619
North Carolina  489,307
North Dakota  84,867
Ohio  629,215
Oklahoma  367,976
Oregon   267,041
Pennsylvania  968,534
Puerto Rico  15,545
Rhode Island  24,050
South Carolina  308,408
South Dakota  88,447
Tennessee  524,122
Texas   1,436,132
Utah  230,999
Vermont  34,507
Virgin Islands  399
Virginia  448,754
Washington  519,209
West Virginia  225,580
Wisconsin   469,375
Wyoming  63,356

Article printed from The Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com

http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/03/the-list-what-state-buys-the-most-guns/?print=1

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Re: What state buys the most guns?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2013, 12:14:24 PM »
Interesting data.  It would be useful to also have population numbers so one can compute a per-capita number of checks.  It would also be handy to have a break-down by county - particularly in states that are gun-hating states - because my guess would be that a lot of especially liberal counties will also show a high number of NIC checks.

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Re: What state buys the most guns?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2013, 12:29:41 PM »
Whoo Hoo Kentucky!!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013, 12:42:46 PM »
Here's a table that shows (a) population and (b) NIC checks as a percentage of population; the table is ranked by NIC percentage, highest to lowest.



State #Ann. NIC checks 2012 Est. population NIC checks (% of pop)
Kentucky   2,589,358 4,380,415 59.11%
Montana   134,455 1,005,141 13.38%
West Virginia   225,580 1,855,413 12.16%
North Dakota   84,867 699,628 12.13%
Alaska   85,342 731,449 11.67%
Wyoming  63,356 576,412 10.99%
South Dakota   88,447 833,354 10.61%
New Hampshire    128,178 1,320,718 9.71%
Oklahoma   367,976 3,814,820 9.65%
Alabama    431,356 4,822,023 8.95%
Idaho   136,482 1,595,728 8.55%
Missouri   513,303 6,021,988 8.52%
Arkansas  246,193 2,949,131 8.35%
Minnesota    440,992 5,379,139 8.20%
Wisconsin    469,375 5,726,398 8.20%
Tennessee   524,122 6,456,243 8.12%
Utah   230,999 2,855,287 8.09%
Illinois   1,036,061 12,875,255 8.05%
Colorado   414,838 5,187,582 8.00%
Pennsylvania   968,534 12,763,536 7.59%
Washington   519,209 6,897,012 7.53%
Mississippi   222,297 2,984,926 7.45%
Kansas    210,972 2,885,905 7.31%
Indiana   475,607 6,537,334 7.28%
Louisiana   326,290 4,601,893 7.09%
Maine   91,834 91,834 1,329,192 6.91%
New Mexico   143,419 2,085,538 6.88%
Oregon    267,041 3,899,353 6.85%
Connecticut  237,496 3,590,347 6.61%
South Carolina   308,408 4,723,723 6.53%
Vermont   34,507 626,011 5.51%
Texas    1,436,132 26,059,203 5.51%
Virginia   448,754 8,185,867 5.48%
Ohio   629,215 11,544,225 5.45%
Nevada   146,363 2,758,931 5.31%
Arizona  339,663 6,553,255 5.18%
North Carolina   489,307 9,752,073 5.02%
Iowa   147,700 3,074,186 4.80%
Georgia   465,560 9,919,945 4.69%
Nebraska   85,860 1,855,525 4.63%
Michigan   430,405 9,883,360 4.35%
Florida   834,319 19,317,568 4.32%
Delaware  30,724 917,092 3.35%
Massachusetts   210,453 6,646,144 3.17%
California   1,132,603 38,041,430 2.98%
Maryland   136,604 5,884,563 2.32%
Rhode Island   24,050 1,050,292 2.29%
New York   338,619 19,570,261 1.73%
Hawaii   17,428 1,392,313 1.25%
New Jersey   85,851 8,864,590 0.97%
Guam   930 159,358 0.58%
Puerto Rico   15,545 3,667,084 0.42%
Virgin Islands   399 106,405 0.37%
District of Columbia  449 632,323 0.07%
Mariana Islands 5 53,883 0.01%

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Re: What state buys the most guns?
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2013, 02:44:04 PM »
As a Kentuckian, I have to say that I am surprised - and impressed!  My husband and I passed a Concealed Carry Weapon Permit class a few weeks ago, and our instructor told us that Kentucky is one of the most liberal states in terms of gun ownership. 
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Re: What state buys the most guns?
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2013, 03:08:52 PM »
As a Kentuckian, I have to say that I am surprised - and impressed!  My husband and I passed a Concealed Carry Weapon Permit class a few weeks ago, and our instructor told us that Kentucky is one of the most liberal states in terms of gun ownership. 

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Re: What state buys the most guns?
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2013, 03:28:47 PM »
<Using my best fake Kain-tuck accent>

Whatcha'all goanna' be doin' wit all dem gunz???? Keepin' Yankees out? ^-^

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Only speaking for myself, but the reason we're getting our permits and buying more guns -
     # 1 - is because we CAN!   
     #2 - is because we're seeing crime all around us going UP and it's 99% because of drugs.

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Re: What state buys the most guns?
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2013, 03:56:58 PM »
Proud to be a West-by-gosh-Virginian. First time we've been in the top half of any positive rankings, let alone the top three!
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Re: What state buys the most guns?
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2013, 08:01:39 PM »

     # 1 - is because we CAN!   
     

That's all I need to know!  ^-^
Carry on! :laugh:
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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2013, 08:06:26 PM »
That's all I need to know!  ^-^
Carry on! :laugh:

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Re: What state buys the most guns?
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2013, 03:35:38 PM »
Here's a table that shows (a) population and (b) NIC checks as a percentage of population; the table is ranked by NIC percentage, highest to lowest.


Very interesting stats!  Thanks for the chart, Ocean


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