If you are wondering which states have the highest levels of gun ownership, look to red states. And the lowest? Unsurprisingly it is the blue states where owning a gun is made nearly impossible.
Firstly, despite how the media caterwauls about rampant gun ownership in the U.S.A., the percentage of households with guns in them has actually been declining for decades — NOT growing wildly as the media might lead you to believe.
According to an ongoing study by the Rand Corporation, a study that has been maintained since 1980, the average number of households with a firearm present declined from 45 percent in 1980 to only 32 percent today. That is a 13 percent decline during the same times the media has ramped up its attacks on the Second Amendment.
Furthermore, the decline was fairly consistent in every state, not just in liberal states.
According to the Rand Study, the states with the highest level of gun ownership are all western and southern states.
TOP TEN STATES FOR GUN OWNERSHIP:
1). Montana – 63 percent, down from its 75 percent high in 1984
2). Wyoming – 58 percent, down from its 79 percent high in 1980
3). West Virginia – 57 percent, down from its 63 percent high on 1985
4). Alaska – 56 percent – down from its 75 percent high in 1980
5). Idaho – 54 percent, down from its 68 percent high on 1982
6). South Dakota – 52 percent, down from its 62 percent high in 1994
7). North Dakota – 52 percent, down from its 59 percent in 1988
8). Oklahoma – 52 percent, down from its 65 percent high in 1989
9). Alabama – 51 percent, down from its high of 63 percent in 1990
10). Missouri – 51 percent, down from its 56 percent high on 1990
Not surprisingly, the states with the worst gun ownership rates are in states that so heavily regulate guns that citizens have trouble even owning one. The only exception is Florida… but then an awful lot of leftists move there from blue states!
BOTTOM TEN STATES FOR GUN OWNERSHIP:
50). New Jersey – 9 percent, down from its 25 percent high in 1982
49). Massachusetts – 9 percent, down from its 21 percent high on 1992
48). Hawaii – 9 percent, down from its 25 percent high in 1980
47). New York – 13 percent, down from its 25 percent high in 1980
46). Rhode Island – 14 percent, down from its 22 percent high in 1990
45). California – 16 percent, down from its 41 percent high in 1982
44). Maryland – 18 percent, down from its 41 percent high on 1982
43). Connecticut – 19 percent, down from its 34 percent high in 1992
42). Illinois – 23 percent, down from its 36 percent high on 1990
41). Florida – 28 percent, down from its 45 percent high in 1983
(H/T The Blaze)
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