Here’s a Ranking of the Most ‘Heavily Armed’ States in the US

Following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, CBS News took a closer look at guns in America – particularly, which states had the most ‘heavy arms’ per capita.

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.

Here’s the ranking:

44. New York: 3.3 guns per 1,000 residents

43. Rhode Island: 3.8 guns per 1,000 residents

42. Delaware: 4.2 guns per 1,000 residents

41. Michigan: 4.3 guns per 1,000 residents

40. Massachusetts: 4.9 guns per 1,000 residents

39. Hawaii: 5.1 guns per 1,000 residents

38. New Jersey: 5.8 guns per 1,000 residents

37. Iowa: 6.1 guns per 1,000 residents

36. Vermont: 6.4 guns per 1,000 residents

35. Mississippi: 6.8 guns per 1,000 residents

34. Nebraska: 7.4 guns per 1,000 residents

33. California: 7.6 guns per 1,000 residents

32. Wisconsin: 7.8 guns per 1,000 residents

31. Missouri: 8.5 guns per 1,000 residents

30. Washington: 8.6 guns per 1,000 residents

29. Maine: 8.7 guns per 1,000 residents

28. Illinois: 9.2 guns per 1,000 residents

27. West Virginia: (tie) 9.4 guns per 1,000 residents

27. Arizona: (tie) 9.4 guns per 1,000 residents

26. North Dakota: (tie) 9.5 guns per 1,000 residents

26. Minnesota (tie) 9.5 guns per 1,000 residents

25. Florida 10.2 guns per 1,000 residents

24. Kansas: 11 guns per 1,000 residents

23. North Carolina: 11.1 guns per 1,000 residents

22. Tennessee: (tie) 11.3 guns per 1,000 residents

22. Montana: (tie) 11.3 guns per 1,000 residents

22. Connecticut: (tie) 11.3 guns per 1,000 residents

21. Oregon: (tie) 11.4 guns per 1,000 residents

21. Ohio: (tie) 11.4 guns per 1,000 residents

20. South Dakota: 11.5 guns per 1,000 residents

19. South Carolina: 11.6 guns per 1,000 residents

18. Colorado: 12 guns per 1,000 residents

17. Oklahoma: 12.3 guns per 1,000 residents

16. Texas: 12.8 guns per 1,000 residents

15. Utah: 12.9 guns per 1,000 residents

14. Kentucky: 13.5 guns per 1,000 residents

13. Indiana: 14.1 guns per 1,000 residents

12. New Hampshire: (tie) 14.6 guns per 1,000 residents

12. Georgia: (tie) 14.6 guns per 1000 residents

11. Pennsylvania: (tie) 15 guns per 1,000 residents

11. Maryland: (tie) 15 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

Based on the above criteria, how heavily armed is your state?

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