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What state buys the most guns? (Guam twice as many as the District of Columbia?)
The Daily Caller ^ | January 3, 2013 | Mike Piccione, editor, Guns & Gear

Posted on 01/04/2013 8:44:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

If we use the National Instant Criminal Background Check System , or NICS, as a proxy for gun sales we see that Kentucky is the runaway leader in gun sales for 2012.

Four states exceeded one million Federal Bureau of Investigation NICS checks; Kentucky, Texas, California and Illinois. Kentucky is the only state to exceed two million background checks.

Background checks are only a proxy measure for gun sales. A buyer may purchase more than one gun through a gun dealer, depending on the local laws, once the background check comes back authorizing the purchase.

The list of states and their 2012 total NICS background checks is compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

State and Total NICS checks for 2012:

States with over 1,000,000 background checks in Bold.

Alabama 431,356
Alaska 85,342
Arizona 339,663
Arkansas 246,193
California 1,132,603
Colorado 414,838
Connecticut 237,496
Delaware 30,724
District of Columbia 449
Florida 834,319
Georgia 465,560
Guam 930
Hawaii 17,428
Idaho 136,482
Illinois 1,036,061...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist; economy; firearms; guncontrol; secondamendment; top10

1 posted on 01/04/2013 8:45:03 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WOW! CA & IL (2 worst for gun control) were the big bombers.

California 1,132,603
Illinois 1,036,061...


2 posted on 01/04/2013 8:59:44 PM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Connecticut 237,496

I'm surprised that that many were purchased in CT, considering a total population of 3.5 million.

3 posted on 01/04/2013 9:07:25 PM PST by matt04
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Someone that I know in PA (cough) has purchased two guns at a time, three times in 2012 in PA. Anyways ... A better measure would be the percentage of the adult population that purchased a gun in 2012.


4 posted on 01/04/2013 9:11:46 PM PST by ConservativeInPA
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To: umgud

Actually, Kentucky and then Texas are #1 and #2.


5 posted on 01/04/2013 9:11:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Kentucky 2,589,358" Love their guns in Kentucky.
6 posted on 01/04/2013 9:21:39 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Concealed handgun permit holders have monthly NICS checks ran on them in Kentucky. Hence, the numbers for Kentucky are overinflated.

The numbers for other states are under-reported as there are alternatives to NCIS.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics/general-information/nics-participation-map-as-of-april-2011


7 posted on 01/04/2013 9:21:41 PM PST by Jgerald
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Go Kentucky!!

You’ll never get those guns from those old boys in the hills.


8 posted on 01/04/2013 9:22:33 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow. Impressive.


9 posted on 01/04/2013 9:23:26 PM PST by Girlene
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To: WKUHilltopper
You’ll never get those guns from those old boys in the hills.

Yep.
10 posted on 01/04/2013 9:25:37 PM PST by Girlene
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ever since Louisville beat Florida, it has sounded like a war zone here in the state. The celebratory gunfire should die down in a few days.

Go Cats!, Go Cards!


11 posted on 01/04/2013 9:29:56 PM PST by phugg
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

% of population that applied for a new gun permit / Population of state

Doesn’t show gun already owned.

Kentucky 59.67%
Louisiana 57.12%
South Dakota 37.88%
Hawaii 34.22%
West Virginia 28.02%
Montana 13.59%
North Dakota 12.62%
Alaska 12.02%
Wyoming 11.24%
Oklahoma 9.81%
New Hampshire 9.74%
Alabama 9.02%
Idaho 8.71%
Georgia 8.61%
Missouri 8.57%
Arkansas 8.44%
Utah 8.36%
Minnesota 8.31%
Wisconsin 8.25%
Colorado 8.25%
Illinois 8.07%
Washington 7.72%
Mississippi 7.49%
Kansas 7.39%
Indiana 7.34%
Oregon 6.97%
New Mexico 6.96%
Maine 6.91%
South Carolina 6.67%
Connecticut 6.64%
Texas 5.71%
Virginia 5.61%
Vermont 5.51%
Nevada 5.42%
Arizona 5.31%
North Carolina 5.13%
Iowa 4.85%
Nebraska 4.70%
Florida 4.44%
Michigan 4.35%
Delaware 3.42%
Massachusetts 3.21%
California 3.04%
Maryland 2.37%
Rhode Island 2.28%
Pennsylvania 2.10%
New York 1.75%
Tennessee 1.39%
New Jersey 0.98%
Ohio 0.74%


12 posted on 01/04/2013 9:32:23 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: Red Steel

More guns than kids in Kentucky.


13 posted on 01/04/2013 9:35:10 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Neither Guam nor D.C. is a state...


14 posted on 01/04/2013 9:47:24 PM PST by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy

Yet they’re on this list, as are PR, the Marianas, etc.


15 posted on 01/04/2013 9:48:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: ThomasThomas

I see TN is close to the bottom of the list. That’s because I only buy unregistered guns.


16 posted on 01/04/2013 10:28:49 PM PST by Boiling point (Socialism; Ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: Red Steel

That’s just in ONE year! I was happy to see CO citizens bought over 414k guns last year.


17 posted on 01/04/2013 10:45:19 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As somebody has pointed out, Kentucky is wrong. Here's a table of legal guns per/1000 inhabitants based on the information anyway...

State Guns/1000 People Population #Guns
Kentucky 596.71 4339367 2589358
Montana 135.89 989415 134455
North_Dakota 126.18 672591 84867
West_Virginia 121.74 1852994 225580
Alaska 120.16 710231 85342
Wyoming 112.41 563626 63356
South_Dakota 108.63 814180 88447
Oklahoma 98.09 3751351 367976
New_Hampshire 97.36 1316470 128178
Alabama 90.25 4779736 431356
Idaho 87.07 1567582 136482
Missouri 85.71 5988927 513303
Arkansas 84.43 2915918 246193
Utah 83.58 2763885 230999
Minnesota 83.14 5303925 440992
Tennessee 82.59 6346105 524122
Wisconsin 82.53 5686986 469375
Colorado 82.49 5029196 414838
Illinois 80.75 12830632 1036061
Washington 77.21 6724540 519209
Pennsylvania 76.25 12702379 968534
Mississippi 74.92 2967297 222297
Kansas 73.94 2853118 210972
Indiana 73.35 6483802 475607
Louisiana 71.98 4533372 326290
Oregon 69.70 3831074 267041
New_Mexico 69.65 2059179 143419
Maine 69.13 1328361 91834
South_Carolina 66.68 4625364 308408
Connecticut 66.45 3574097 237496
Texas 57.11 25145561 1436132
Virginia 56.09 8001024 448754
Vermont 55.15 625741 34507
Ohio 54.54 11536504 629215
Nevada 54.20 2700551 146363
Arizona 53.14 6392017 339663
North_Carolina 51.31 9535483 489307
Iowa 48.48 3046355 147700
Georgia 48.06 9687653 465560
Nebraska 47.01 1826341 85860
Florida 44.38 18801310 834319
Michigan 43.55 9883640 430405
Delaware 34.22 897934 30724
Massachusetts 32.14 6547629 210453
California 30.40 37253956 1132603
Maryland 23.66 5773552 136604
Rhode_Island 22.85 1052567 24050
New_York 17.47 19378102 338619
Hawaii 12.81 1360301 17428
New_Jersey 9.76 8791894 85851
Guam 5.84 159358 930
Puerto_Rico 4.17 3725789 15545
District_of_Columbia 0.75 601723 449

18 posted on 01/04/2013 10:46:22 PM PST by FredZarguna (The fundamental question is: how is stopping people from destroying themselves part of governance?)
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To: FredZarguna

Correction: NCIS gun checks/1000 people.


19 posted on 01/04/2013 10:48:21 PM PST by FredZarguna (The fundamental question is: how is stopping people from destroying themselves part of governance?)
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To: ConservativeInPA
Yeah, this is misleading, and not a very good proxy for gun ownership. Everyone in PA already owns about 10 guns. Percentage of NRA memberships was 2nd in PA (only behind Texas) and highest percentage of NRA members in the US in percentage of population.

A good rules of thumb is one pistol and one long gun per hand per family member in rural PA, several bows and at least two chainsaws (because Zombies are more fun to kill with those.)

20 posted on 01/04/2013 10:55:27 PM PST by FredZarguna (The fundamental question is: how is stopping people from destroying themselves part of governance?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Kentucky is the only state to exceed two million background checks.

Lexington, KY. Home of Bud's Gun Shop.

If I were in the same state as Bud's, I would probably own 200 guns by now. LOL.

21 posted on 01/05/2013 1:28:03 AM PST by SIDENET (I've drawn my line in the sand.)
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To: Jgerald
"Concealed handgun permit holders have monthly NICS checks ran on them in Kentucky." That explains the Kentucky numbers. The real shocker though was Illinois and Californicate.
I wonder if their numbers are skewed in a similar manner as Kentucky's
22 posted on 01/05/2013 5:03:47 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: FredZarguna
Correction: NCIS gun checks/1000 people.

If they send Ziva for mine, I will gladly surrender. :-)

Maybe not the gun though...

Just sayin'

23 posted on 01/05/2013 5:14:15 AM PST by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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"Guam? Twice as many as DC? IT'S A GONNA' TIP OVER!"
24 posted on 01/05/2013 5:37:23 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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