I just came across an interesting statistic the other day. When you think of Montana, do you think that we, as a whole, are heavily-armed state? I would expect Montana to be in the top 10, for sure. It turns out, however, we are not, supposedly. According to a study by CBS News, we are tied with Tennessee at #25. Yes, 25 is what the article states–11.3 guns per every 1,000 residents. Keep in mind that we can buy firearms from individuals, which means that there are a lot of firearms not accounted for, most likely, in this research.
Interestingly enough, here are the top 10 gun-toting states according to this particular study:
10. Louisiana – 15.1 guns for every 1,000 residents
9. Alaska – 15.2 guns for every 1,000 residents
8. Nevada – 19.5 guns for every 1,000 residents (this was surprising to me for some reason)
7. Alabama – 20 guns for every 1,000 residents
6. Idaho – 24.2 guns for every 1,000 residents
5. Virginia – 30.1 guns for every 1,000 residents (total surprise to me)
4. New Mexico – 40.5 guns for every 1,000 residents
3. Arkansas – 41.6 guns for every 1,000 residents
2. Washington D.C. – 66.4 guns for every 1,000 residents
1. Wyoming – 195.7 guns for every 1,000 residents
So, there you have it. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this report, but I still found it rather interesting that this information is out there for the general public. I know that my household alone covers the number of guns for every 1,000 Montana residents, but you can look up other research and find very different numbers. This study is on the internet, so it HAS to be accurate.