Texas is shockingly not on this list, but here are the 15 states with the highest number of firearm licenses (per 100,000 people).
Number of federal firearm licenses: 48.9 (per 100,000 people)
According to Oklahoma Watch, “despite years of investments, some states continue to struggle to submit records. […] Oregon has received $4,542,109 and collected 30,059 records.”
Number of federal firearm licenses: 49.21 (per 100,000 people)
Kansas is one of the states where many residents have been fighting for “nullification laws,” hoping that the state would be able to control the guns made and kept within state lines.
Number of federal firearm licenses: 49.58 (per 100,000 people)
As deer hunting is a particularly popular sport in Maine (175,000 deer hunters on average take part in the November hunting season), the state has a good amount of dealers that have federal firearm licenses. This year, 37,185 “any deer” hunting permits were given out of a pool of 64,000 applications.
Number of federal firearm licenses: 50.15 (per 100,000 people)
Gun control is probably one of the hottest topics in Missouri at this point in time due to the recent events in the city of Ferguson. But Republicans are currently pushing to overturn Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto “of legislation allowing teacher to bring firearms to school and other residents to carry them openly in public.” If the bill is indeed vetoed, the age to obtain a concealed weapons permit also would be lowered from 21 to 19,” SFGate reports.
Number of federal firearm licenses: 52.68 (per 100,000 people)
Hunting and fishing is very popular in Oklahoma, but unfortunately the state also has the third highest rate of male-on-female murder, according to an annual report assembled by the Violence Policy Center.
Number of firearm federal licenses: 53.12 (per 100,000 people)
Earlier in September, one of these many Iowa firearm dealers named Southern Archery was robbed of a large number of weapons. The total reward for information leading to the apprehension of the thieves amounts to about $10,000.
Number of federal firearm licenses: 58.05 (per 100,000 people)
The people of Arkansas are serious about their right to bear arms—so much so that in late August, many people commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Arkansas Carry Law (Act 746) by walking together while carrying their firearms.
West Virginia #8
Number of federal firearm licenses: 63.39 (per 100,000 people)
According to the state Press Association, the number of gun permits in West Virginia quadrupled in only four years—from 11,160 in 2009 to 44,981 in 2013.
Number of federal firearm licenses: 65.39 (per 100,000 people)
Due to its relatively large number of firearm licenses (and police shootings that some feel may be related) a gun-control group recently spent $39,000 on lobbyists at the Vermont statehouse for this coming year.
North Dakota #6
Number of federal firearm licenses: 72.61 (per 100,000 people)
This fall, North Dakota is issuing 250 pronghorn antelope licenses for a limited pronghorn hunting season for the first time since 2009. According to the Sioux City Journal, 6,000 hunters applied, which may account for the high number of federal licenses for firearm dealers in the state.
Number of federal firearm licenses: 75.77 (per 100,000 people)
After a professor at Idaho State University accidentally shot himself in the foot during a class last week, the incident made some question the state’s recent law allowing people with enhanced concealed-carry permits to bring weapons onto college campuses. We here think it was poor gun handling.
South Dakota #4
Number of federal firearm licenses: 80.16 (per 100,000 people)
South Dakota is one of three states that has had “firearms freedom” laws since 2010, which means that it is “exempt from federal regulation any firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured and retained in South Dakota.” We couldn’t agree more with this statement.
Number of federal firearm licenses: 110.95 (per 100,000 people)
Alaska’s gun-friendly reputation directly correlates with the popularity of hunting throughout the state. Recently though, some of Alaska’s gun dealers were sued by The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for unlawful selling and negligence. However, hunting is one primary reason for gun freedom in the first place along with self defense.
Number of federal firearm licenses: 138.07 (per 100,000 people)
In addition to being the state with the second highest number of federal firearm licenses per 100,000 people, Montana also has a “castle doctrine” law, which is described by Ravalli Republic as “permitting lethal force without requiring a person inside their home to first attempt to flee or call law enforcement.” One more reason that Montana is a great state.
Number of federal firearm licenses: 138.24 (per 100,000 people)
Wyoming’s number of federal firearm licenses per 100,000 people soars above every other state in America and its current legislation (its nullification laws) is seeing that this stays the case for as long as possible. It also is one of the states that has established an “annual three day period in which the state’s sales tax is not collected on the sale of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and hunting supplies.” Who is up for a shopping trip to Wyoming?