Friday, March 23, 2012

States with the Most Guns (Most Background Checks)

The shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, has sparked a fierce debate about Florida’s self-defense and gun laws—but is Florida among the most-armed states in America? The Daily Beast runs the numbers to find out where guns are most prevalent.
1. Kentucky
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents (Sept. 2010 – Feb. 2012): 78,703
Previous rank: 1st

2. Utah
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 46,898
Previous rank: 2nd

3. Montana
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 16,888
Previous rank: 3rd

4. West Virginia
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 15,718
Previous rank: 6th

5. Alaska
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 14,616
Previous rank: 5th

Keeping in mind that NICS background checks do not equal gun sales, as we discussed before, this list does give us some indication of where the action is in eht gun business these days.

The numbers must be skewed however by the fact that some states have Constitutional Carry laws and do not require additional background checks to obtain the concealed carry permit.  Alaska would be much higher, I suppose.

What do you think?  Please leave a comment.


  1. Mikeb, you can't have it both ways. You want to accept the numbers when they support your narrative, but deny them when you don't like the implications? That doesn't work.

    I am sorry to see that Arkansas isn't in the top five. I've certainly been doing my part. . .

  2. The Top 5 have an average Violent Crime Rate of 337.18/100,000 and a murder rate of 3.3/100,000 while the bottom 5 have a rate of 510.86 and 7.04. Seems like more guns equal less crime, and death.