Gun ownership by state

By Jessica Learish
Published: 02:35 PM July 23, 2020
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Guns in America

Do you own a gun? Would you ever consider owning one? The United States is split into thirds on that subject. 

Just under 30% of American adults currently own a gun. A little more than a third say they might own one in the future, and the other third can't imagine ever having one.

In April 2020, the RAND Corporation published a long-term study tracking gun ownership in all 50 states, from 1980 to 2016. They combined survey-based estimates with other data indicative of gun ownership — shooting death records, gun-related magazine subscriptions, background check submissions and more — to determine the percentage of adults in each state who live in a household with at least one gun.

We've ranked the states by those percentages. Keep going to see where your state falls.

In this photo, a man with a rifle poses at a protest against the closure of Pennsylvania businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.