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Canute

06-26-2009, 2:41 PM
I was just doing some figuring, and came up with what I consider an interesting result. While only 21% of Californians own guns according to the State of South Carolina's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) (http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/brfss/2001/us/firearm3.html), it is the most populous state. So, only one state (Texas) has a larger percentage of the country's gun owners, about 9% to California's 8%. Florida is next with about 4.6%.

State Percent owning firearms Population Number of people owning firearms Percentage of national
Texas 35.90 24,326,974 8,733,384 8.96%
California 21.30 36,756,666 7,829,170 8.04%
Florida 24.50 18,328,340 4,490,443 4.61%
Pennsylvania 34.70 12,448,279 4,319,553 4.43%
Georgia 40.30 9,685,744 3,903,355 4.01%
Michigan 38.40 10,003,422 3,841,314 3.94%
North Carolina 41.30 9,222,414 3,808,857 3.91%
Ohio 32.40 11,485,910 3,721,435 3.82%
New York 18.00 19,490,297 3,508,253 3.60%
Virginia 35.10 7,769,089 2,726,950 2.80%
Tennessee 43.90 6,214,888 2,728,336 2.80%
Illinois 20.20 12,901,563 2,606,116 2.67%
Indiana 39.10 6,376,792 2,493,326 2.56%
Wisconsin 44.40 5,627,967 2,498,817 2.56%
Missouri 41.70 5,911,605 2,465,139 2.53%
Alabama 51.70 4,661,900 2,410,202 2.47%
Minnesota 41.70 5,220,393 2,176,904 2.23%
Washington 33.10 6,549,224 2,167,793 2.22%
Kentucky 47.70 4,269,245 2,036,430 2.09%
Arizona 31.10 6,500,180 2,021,556 2.07%
Louisiana 44.10 4,410,796 1,945,161 2.00%
South Carolina 42.30 4,479,800 1,894,955 1.94%
Colorado 34.70 4,939,456 1,713,991 1.76%
Mississippi 55.30 2,938,618 1,625,056 1.67%
Arkansas 55.30 ,855,390 1,579,031 1.62%
Oklahoma 42.90 3,642,361 1,562,573 1.60%
Oregon 39.80 3,790,060 1,508,444 1.55%
Iowa 42.80 3,002,555 1,285,094 1.32%
Maryland 21.30 5,633,597 1,199,956 1.23%
Utah 43.90 2,736,424 1,201,290 1.23%
Kansas 42.10 2,802,134 1,179,698 1.21%
New Jersey 12.30 8,682,661 1,067,967 1.10%
West Virginia 55.40 1,814,468 1,005,215 1.03%
Nevada 33.80 2,600,167 878,856 0.90%
Idaho 55.30 1,523,816 842,670 0.86%
Massachusetts 12.60 6,497,967 818,744 0.84%
New Mexico 34.80 1,984,356 690,556 0.71%
Nebraska 38.60 1,783,432 688,405 0.71%
Connecticut 16.70 3,501,252 584,709 0.60%
Montana 57.70 967,440 558,213 0.57%
Maine 40.50 1,316,456 533,165 0.55%
South Dakota 56.60 804,194 455,174 0.47%
New Hampshire 30.00 1,315,809 394,743 0.41%
Alaska 57.80 686,293 396,677 0.41%
North Dakota 50.70 641,481 325,231 0.33%
Wyoming 59.70 532,668 318,003 0.33%
Vermont 42.00 621,270 260,933 0.27%
Delaware 25.50 591,833 150,917 0.15%
Rhode Island 12.80 1,050,788 134,501 0.14%
Hawaii 8.70 1,288,198 112,073 0.12%
D.C. 3.80 873,092 33,178 0.03%
304,059,724 97,432,512 32.04%
State Percent owning firearms Population Number of people owning firearms Percentage of national

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