May 5, 2017

Gun Stuff

CBS News took it upon themselves a few years ago to put together some scary stats regarding the possession of "heavy killer weapons that will probably be used to kill you" in the USA.
Their list is based entirely on the 2013 census and the ATF's National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The ATF record - which doesn't include pistols - covers the sale and transfer of the following weapons:
  • machine guns
  • short-barreled rifles and shotguns,
  • suppressors
  • destructive devices like bombs and grenades
  • concealable devices with the ability to discharge a shot through the energy of an explosive
  • any firearm with a bore over half an inch that has not been determined to have a legitimate sporting use.
Below is an abbreviated list as the original is 44 States long.
Of course NY is dead last at 3.3 guns per 1,000 residents.

10. Louisiana: 15.1 guns per 1,000 residents
9. Alaska: 15.2 guns per 1,000 residents
8. Nevada: 19.5 guns per 1,000 residents
7. Alabama: 20 guns per 1,000 residents
6. Idaho: 24.2 guns per 1,000 residents
5. Virginia: 30.1 guns per 1,000 residents
4. New Mexico: 40.5 guns per 1,000 residents
3. Arkansas: 41.6 guns per 1,000 residents
2. Washington, D.C.: 66.4 guns per 1,000 residents
1. Wyoming: 195.7 guns per 1,000 residents

I guess parts of Wyoming can be scary.

But Washington, D.C?
Washington, D.C?
Really.... did they include the D.C. Marine Corps barracks armory?

This site shows the 10 states with the highest percentage of households that possess firearms.

  1. Wyoming         62.8%
  2. Montana           61.4%
  3. Alaska              60.6%
  4. South Dakota    59.9%
  5. Arkansas          58.3%
  6. West Virginia    57.9%
  7. Alabama           57.2%
  8. Idaho                56.8%
  9. Mississippi        54.3%
  10. North Dakota     54.3%

And now D.C. is no where in the mix.


LL said...

I'm offended - highly offended - that Arizona didn't make the list.

sig94 said...

LL - I was looking for Arizona also. But take heart, this was CBS at work.

Longbow said...

That list is ONLY of NFA items. That did NOT include over the counter firearms which DO NOT require federal registration and tax stamps.

The actual numbers are MUCH higher.

sig94 said...

Longbow - Right. Which is why D.C.'s #2 slot makes no sense to me. The second list is for non-NFA firearms. Only the percentages were given, not the guns per 100,000 population figures. Mebbe I go looking for those, no?

Kid said...

Yes, it is very common to see firearm carry in AZ.

LindaG said...

I was surprised to see DC on any gun owner list.
And surprised to see Alaska so low on the guns per 1,000 residents. But I guess that's because there are so few thousands in Alaska, haha!