Gun rights in the USA is without a doubt one of the biggest debates raging right now. In this debate, there is seemingly no one in the middle. There are those out there who believe having guns is an inalienable right, and those who feel we no longer need them and they cause more problems than not. But no matter what your views on guns and personal protection rights are, there is no doubt that America has more guns and gun owners than any other country in the world. While U.S. citizens in all 50 states have largely equal access to firearms, here are the 12 most heavily-armed states in the country.
We’re willing to bet that no one reading this can guess what #2 is. Did your state make the list?
#12 (tie) Pennsylvania
For most people this state’s spot on the list it is not too shocking. Pennsylvania was one of the 12 founding states of the USA and has an extremely long history with firearms. Pennsylvania has 15 guns for every 1000 residents of the state, which means the state has almost 89,000 guns.
#11 (tie) Maryland
While Maryland is among the smallest states, it has been important in the history of the USA and is believed to be the birthplace of religious freedom in the country. It was also among the oldest states in the country. In total, there are about 15 guns for every 1000 residents, tying it with Pennsylvania.
Out of all the states in the country, few have more heritage and culture than Louisiana. The state is a huge multicultural and multilingual melting pot, but one thing everyone seems to have in common is a love for guns. The state has 15.1 guns for every 100 residents, adding up to about 69,000 guns in total.
While Alaska is the largest state by land mass, it is actually the least densely populated state in the country. Originally, Alaska was actually purchased from Russia in 1867 and became a state in 1959. But very quickly, its residents took a liking to guns as they have 15.2 guns per 1000 residents, adding up to about 11,000 guns in total.