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U.S. States with the Least Gun Ownership

Name the states that have the lowest percentage of household gun ownership.
Last updated: November 02, 2018
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State
5.2
Delaware
5.8
Rhode Island
10.3
New York
11.3
New Jersey
14.4
New Hampshire
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State
16.6
Connecticut
19.6
Ohio
19.8
Nebraska
20.1
California
20.7
Maryland
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level 6
Jan 10, 2018
I like the top ten us states this is the best one yet
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level 75
Nov 1, 2018
Looks like the description line is referring to the other quiz in this series...
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level ∞
Nov 2, 2018
Fixed
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level ∞
Mar 10, 2019
That's now fixed as well.
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level 78
Nov 1, 2018
Right, the description line says "highest". I am also astonished that Vermont has a higher percentage than Nebraska.
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level ∞
Nov 2, 2018
I was surprised too, but that's what the data say.
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level 76
Nov 2, 2018
I am more astonished that Massachusetts has more guns than Nebraska and Ohio. Vermont is one of the most rural states and hunting is traditional activity. For as far left as Bernie Sanders is, the NRA marks him fairly moderately especially early in his career.
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level 61
Nov 2, 2018
I was expecting WAY lower percentages. I was expecting that the top three would all be below one or two percent. I live in Chicago, and this would show that probably more than a quarter of the people I know own a gun. That's really messed up; even 5.2 percent is still too much. Pretty much only police or maybe avid hunters should have a gun. Totally shocked that one fifth of households having guns is considered low.
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level 67
Nov 2, 2018
Why are people messed up if they own a gun ? Are your friends that own guns now your enemies ? Are you afraid of your friends that own guns ?
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level 39
Nov 3, 2018
Happily, here in the Netherlands, everyone with a gun (unless for some rare practical reason) is messed up. Happily, also, don't know anyone with a gun or touched one myself. Ever. Different countries, different ways.
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level 61
Nov 8, 2018
I have no friends that own guns, and I no one who has been criminally attacked. If a friend of mine had a gun, I would respect it if they had a reason. I would not respect it if they hid it so little that a criminal stole it and shot someone. A knife is enough protection for anyone. If you need a gun for hunting, and hunting is your main job, that's completely fine. But you shouldn't have a gun without reason.
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level 61
Nov 8, 2018
Sorry if I was confusing, I mean that I have no friends that I know own a gun, but this data would show that maybe a quarter of the people in my city have one.
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level 68
Nov 9, 2018
Knives/bats etc are fine for protecting yourself if you live somewhere where criminals rarely have guns, but in the US? I completely understand having a gun.
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level 15
Jan 9, 2019
Guam, all Americans should have a reason. It's the reason the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment. Protection against a potential government tyranny. While hunting and self-defense are great advantages of the second amendment, the main intent was that Americans should own firearms to protect themselves from a dictatorship that could easily arise if there was no solid resistance.
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level 66
Mar 10, 2019
If I know anyone who owns a gun, I'm unaware of it. I live a one-hour drive north of the U.S.
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level 51
Mar 10, 2019
tbolt: Well, if you own a gun that implies you have intent to use it. There are no good reasons to have a gun in your house. The only good reason to use a gun at all is for sports (obviously not "sports" that include harming living things though) and in those cases there's no reason to have the gun at home. If you have reason to believe that you need one for self defence, then you have been messed up by being in an environment so dangerous that it has driven you to take precautions that a civilised person would not think to take. If you own one because you want to hunt animals, well that's pretty self explanatory. If you own one because you want to hurt someone that is not an immediate threat to your life, again that is pretty self explanatory
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level 51
Mar 10, 2019
AntarcticLegacy It seems that the american second ammendment and its original purpose is now being used as an excuse. If people want guns for that possible eventuality, then they shouldn't abuse them. It's like giving a kid a laptop for doing schoolwork and it instead just plays games on it all the time, then when the parent comes to take the laptop away it starts crying "but i need to do my schoolwork"
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level 60
Mar 10, 2019
This is the most pathetic thread I've ever read in the comment section. Weak defense and often unintelligible sentences. Gun ownership in the USA for self defense is not only our right but reasonable. Criminals are criminals because they don't obey the law. A well trained gun owner interested in self defense will be prepared to protect his family if a horrible situation ever presents itself.
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level 55
Mar 10, 2019
If a horrible situation ever presents itself the nature of it is more likely to be an accident involving the gun than a situation where a gun will make anything any better.
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level 58
Mar 10, 2019
I am no fan of guns and I don't own one myself, but many of the arguments being advanced here are illogical and intentionally miss the point. Gun ownership for self-defense is reasonable enough. Owning a gun for self-defense doesn't mean you intend to use it any more than owning a fire extinguisher means you intend to it. It's something you keep in case a particular emergency arises. I personally don't think the costs of gun ownership outweigh the benefits (nor do they come anywhere close), but I think a larger problem is the refusal for either side to have a common-sense discussion: how do we weigh the rational desire, generally supported by the Second Amendment, to have a weapon in the home for self-defense against the lethal threat of guns, the endless current of gun violence and mass shootings, and the cultish and myopic hysteria of gun worship in some parts of this country? That, to me, is a question genuinely worth exploring.
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level 20
Nov 2, 2018
I dunno man, if one were a robber with an illegally obtained gun, I think he'd rather mug the guy without a gun than the guy with. Police can't always respond on time, and everyone has a right to self-preservation.
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level 55
Mar 10, 2019
How would the robber know who had a gun before mugging them?
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level 49
Mar 10, 2019
Literally everyone in the world should own a gun so long as they're mentally all there and not prone to violence.
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level 77
Mar 10, 2019
Unfortunately that’s not the case for some people.
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level 51
Mar 10, 2019
Wanting to own a gun automatically means you're not all there though, plus it seems like a pretty violent desire to me.
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level 55
Mar 10, 2019
@haggy - what should I have a gun for?
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level 55
Mar 10, 2019
Also, what should three-year-olds have a gun for?
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level 75
Mar 10, 2019
I know very few people who do not own at least one gun, but I know no one who has ever shot a person. We keep venison in the freezer, protect our pets and livestock from predators, and use them for personal protection in a county where it can take a half hour or more for a deputy to arrive. Three times in my life I've been glad we had one - usually just seeing one is enough to make criminals run. People should follow the safety procedures. Convicted felons cannot legally possess one, and new hunters must pass a hunter education course to get a hunting license, which I think is great. I understand both sides of the argument, but living where we do, we feel they are a necessity.
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level 75
Nov 2, 2018
A little surprised by Ohio and Nebraska.
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level 67
Nov 2, 2018
It's a shame to see the some of the states on the list were part of the original 13 colonies that fought so hard for the 2nd amendment. Now they are anti 2nd amendment.
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level 69
Nov 2, 2018
Not owning a gun doesn't mean you're anti 2nd amendment. It means you just don't want to own a gun.
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level 61
Nov 8, 2018
Thank you. Finally someone understands me.
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level 34
Mar 10, 2019
True. But I suspect that the poster was referring to the states (politicians) themselves being anti-second amendment, not the citizens that live there or those who choose to not own a firearm.
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level 58
Mar 10, 2019
"Anti 2nd amendment." Sure.
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level 75
Mar 10, 2019
Even if this were true and it's not really, why would that be a shame? The 2nd amendment is obsolete. A well regulated militia is no longer necessary for our security. We've got a standing army and a national guard and in some places a pretty thoroughly militarized regular police force. The Constitution was designed to change and be adaptable. Maybe these states understand that.
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level 58
Mar 10, 2019
No, it's to protect us from the government. Because when the tyrants come with their space-age chemical weaponry and state-of-the-art body armor, they will cower at the sight of my rifle. And don't forget that the troops and the police -- before whom we must bow in reverence every ten minutes -- are the government's military and enforcement arms, so they'd probably, heroically, be fine with turning on their own people so the government could enslave us. Or maybe it will just be Eric Holder with a solar-powered bazooka? It's all very confusing.
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level 28
Mar 10, 2019
"It’s everyone’s duty to support the troops, and also to support the Second Amendment should the day come when we need to overthrow the government and kill those troops." https://voices.clickhole.com/it-s-our-duty-to-support-the-troops-and-the-second-amen-1825124050
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level 46
Mar 10, 2019
It appears that having a gun is a really good way to get shot by the police ..well, especially if you’re black
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level 75
Mar 10, 2019
statistically on a per-encounter basis the people Puzzled would label as "white" are more likely to get shot than those he would label as "black." But anyway, yes, owning a gun will much more likely get you shot than prevent it. It's not going to protect you from predator drones, either. Unless your militia has an aircraft carrier and a nuclear submarine the government is not scared of you at all. Like I said, this amendment is obsolete, regardless of how you (mis)interpret it.
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level 43
Mar 11, 2019
If the 2nd amendment is obsolete so are all others.
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level 66
Mar 12, 2019
That's right! I heard rumors last week that the British were planning an invasion of St. Louis.
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level 75
Mar 12, 2019
hikiko: no, they're not. The Constitution was designed to be amended. Sometimes amendments get repealed. But I think you got your nonsensical talking point mixed up. The line you are supposed to parrot is: "the 2nd amendment is the one that makes all the others possible"- the staggeringly wrong but oft-repeated line from the gun manufacturer's lobby implies that somehow if we weren't all armed the government would seize upon this to start acting tyrannically and taking away our freedoms. Again, the US government is not afraid of your cute little collection of BB guns. They've got stealth bombers. Further, the current president and his allies are behaving like any tyrannical despot out in plain sight, and most of the people in the country with guns are cheering him on, so, you're not exactly acting as an effective deterrent. If one of you 2nd amendment guys goes to Washington and does some watering of Jefferson's tree of liberty, I'll take this back. But I don't see that happening.
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level 49
Mar 10, 2019
Very surprised New Hampshire is here but not Vermont.
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level 43
Mar 10, 2019
True - NH is the "live free or die" state.
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level 28
Mar 10, 2019
Ended up getting all, but I admit at least 3 of them were guesses - including Nebraska. Once I got the first east coast state I kept going from there.
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level 39
Mar 10, 2019
Notice how everyone’s getting stuff but Nebraska, yet the only one I got WAS Nebraska
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level 71
Mar 10, 2019
Is Cabelas/Bass Pro still the largest business in the state?
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level 49
Mar 10, 2019
being from new hampshire i'm surprised to see it on this list!
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level 28
Mar 10, 2019
Does anyone know why, exactly, Nebraska is on there? The rest of the quiz seems to hold that more urbanised blue states are less likely to have gun owners, so as a rural red state it sticks out.
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level 50
Mar 11, 2019
Less meth, maybe? The rural people I know who own guns for protection, rather than hunting or sport, do so because everyone else in the area also owns guns and half of those people are on drugs. Also, Nebraska has the highest percentage of farmland of any state and very little public land, which would make hunting difficult.
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level 67
Mar 10, 2019
Nebraska. Who knew?
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level 38
Mar 10, 2019
Everything but Nebraska
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level 37
Mar 12, 2019
How on earth is New Hampshire here, so high (and the vast majority of people) still got it? I thought they were known to be one of the most pro-gun states in the Union.
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