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Best States for Gun Owners 2014

by G&A Staff   |  May 22nd, 2014 401

GA-best-gun-states-bannerCivilian firearm ownership is among the most defining aspects of American culture. The freedoms we cherish in the United States simply wouldn’t exist without the right to bear arms, and the preservation of liberty thrives on grassroots gun owners.

Unfortunately, the rights of civilians to arm and legally defend themselves are constantly at risk.

Gun laws in the U.S. vary extensively across the map, but geography is not always an accurate predictor of a state’s freedom index. Many states in the South and West have taken steps to expand the rights of their citizens during recent legislative sessions. In places like Arizona, Georgia and Kentucky, gun ownership is encouraged and shooting sports are widely popular. In other locations, gun ownership is condemned, heavily regulated and residents have few opportunities to experience the sporting aspects of firearms. States like California, Connecticut and New York have repeatedly illustrated their disregard for individual rights through legislation that restricts the ability of its citizens to purchase and possess firearms.

To examine which states are culturally accepted as the most firearm-friendly territories, G&A interviewed a variety of gun owners at the 2014 NRA Show. Find out where gun owners feel most welcome in the video below, then continue reading to see where your state ranks this year.

Drawing from trusted sources and numerous examples of state-specific legislation and case law, we took a fresh look at the gun laws of every state in America to put things into perspective for 2014.

States were ranked numerically in each of these five categories:

  • Right-to-Carry: Each state was evaluated on whether it allows individuals to carry handguns, concealed or openly, with or without permits. If permits are issued, we evaluated whether they are issued on a “may issue” or “shall issue” basis and how readily ordinary citizens can obtain them. Close attention was paid to how restrictive state laws were in prohibiting carry in places such as restaurants, banks, parks and the like. In states where open carry is legal, we evaluated whether that right is prevented by municipal ordinances. A “perfect 10” included states such as Arizona and Wyoming, which allow permitless carry but also “shall issue” permits to allow residents to carry in reciprocal states. Scores trended downward from there based on the factors listed previously.

    Best States for Concealed Carry 2014

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  • Modern Sporting Rifles: We evaluated the types of restrictions states and their respective municipalities place on semiautomatic firearms not regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA). These restrictions include limits on magazine capacity as well as banning or requiring registration based on cosmetic features such as bayonet lugs, pistol grips and folding buttstocks.
  • NFA: Machine guns, suppressors (“silencers” according to the NFA), short-barreled rifles (SBRs) and shotguns (SBSs), Any Other Weapons (AOWs), and Destructive Devices (DDs) can only be purchased and owned in accordance with NFA laws. States can and do restrict these items in a complicated patchwork of laws across the nation. We examined which states restrict the ownership of NFA items and which do not. States that do not restrict ownership and compel Chief Law Enforcement Officers (CLEOs) to sign licensing documents were given top marks.
  • Castle Doctrine: English common law established that a man’s home is his castle and he has a right to defend it. Laws that regulate the use of force to prevent death, serious bodily injury or forcible crimes vary significantly from state to state. We examined the statutes and case law in each state and ranked them accordingly. States that allowed the use of force, including deadly force, in defense of life were given the highest score if the right applied anywhere someone has a right to be. States that impose a duty to retreat before using force were ranked accordingly, and jurisdictions that severely restrict a citizen’s ability to use a firearm in self-defense were given the lowest scores.
  • Miscellaneous: This category included a variety of substantive issues such as state constitutional provisions, state firearm law preemption, purchase/registration requirements, percentage of gun ownership, shooting range protection statues, availability of ranges and access to the shooting sports. States with a healthy firearms industry presence were noted, as were the attitudes of citizens toward the shooting sports and established shooting ranges.

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*Editor’s note: State-specific gun laws are a complicated, frustrating and fluid subject. We have consulted sources such as the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and state and law enforcement agencies to compile these rankings. Some states are very hazy on certain statutes, so our data reflects those confusions with general statements based on our understanding of the law. All information is current as of May 21, 2014.

  • Josh McNattin

    I think it’s important to point out that Ohio is the only state that reverses the burden of proof on a person claiming self-defense in a shooting, which I find chilling. I won’t be visiting if it isn’t absolutely critical. See Andrew Branca’s Law of Self Defense for lots of other crucial info on the topic.

  • Molan Labe

    Gotta disagree with this a bit. Missouri should be higher on the list. If you carry in a place you are not supposed to and have a concealed carry license it is not a crime. Only thing they can ask to you to is leave. If you refuse you can be fined $100. Try doing that in most other states and you get charged with a crime.

    • JWyeth

      I agree Missouri its an open carry state plus we no longer have to put our ccw on our DL, I always CC but on occasion I open carry my hand gun and nobody bats an eye it does not get any better than that

      • Jake Witmer

        useful info

    • Dan Paul

      I agree, If Missouri is #11, that’s a great sign for the top 10.
      MO, is VERY pro 2nd Amendment.

  • Mike

    I love Florida! But, every state is an election away from losing their rights; if democrats are elected. They are a scourge…

    • ARMY1971

      Yea I was there this winter and moving there this fall, can’t believe the people are actually thinking of electing a Dumbocrat Gov. All they need to do is spend some time in this crime ridden, no growth, teacher union dominated, tax hell NY to see what Dumbocrat rule will do to you.

      • Kendall Carlile

        Yeah, the last thing we need is Libretards in Florida State leadership.

        • Jake Witmer

          We shouldn’t let idiot socialists have the same word that Adam Smith and Thomas Paine used to describe themselves. We should all claim to be liberals, and then explain the word’s history to any young people who were improperly educated. :) This would also introduce “white noise” into the socialists’ political planning.

    • Mark Beckerini

      That’s truer than you realize! Just look at what happened to Colorado…

    • Southrider

      We need to find a way to prosecute the northerners who continue to vote on 2 states. Any ideas? (No way the politicians in New York will offer the info)

      • Jake Witmer

        Sure. It’s called “grand jury presentment” …Look it up.

    • Phil Evans

      Florida is nice, but Florida prohibits open carry of pistols in general even by those who have a weapons license. In hot weather, concealing a full-sized pistol under extra clothes or stuffed into my already full waistband would not be my preferred manner of carry. Thankfully, in Georgia we have the freedom to carry as we like.

  • AmericanIcon

    Still Number One! Go, Arizona!

    • FredC1968

      Damn Skippy! Even Tucson south of River Rd is mostly firearms friendly.

      • John Andeson

        In Arizona, even our token democrats are NRA members, and won’t touch gun control politically unless they have U of A college student liberals in their district to bail them out when the rest of their constituents turn on them.

        • FredC1968

          I’m a long term resident of Tucson and an alumnus of the University of Arizona. I am very familiar with the situation in Tucson.

          The University of Arizona is its own little world. It may be located inside Tucson’s city limits, but it isn’t Tucson.

  • Al Dunaway

    Yep, Arizona #1again.

    • Jeremy Hatfield

      Well-deserved, too. Even if you guys were a little late getting on board with Constitutional Carry. ;) (AK resident here)

      • Al Dunaway

        Like you, we also got a 0 from the Brady bunch, working on how to get into negative numbers next time.

    • Jake Witmer

      WY is actually better than AZ, from what I’ve recently learned. Unrestricted CCW with no local preemption. …But Alaska beats both for property rights in general, …except for oil rights / allodial title.

      • Al Dunaway

        Arizona no CCW required, open or concealed carry, state preemption against local restrictions. Wyoming only allows state residents to carry with no permit, Arizona allows anyone legally in the state, you do not need a permit from another state to carry.

        • Jake Witmer

          Oustanding! I’ll need to follow up a little more. If this is true, then I may well move to AZ, assuming I can relieve the AZ LP Executive Committee of their jobs, because I don’t intend to settle into a fascist checkpoint state. No state in the USA is as free as the (anti-slavery) Founding Fathers designed it to be, nor as it should be, AZ included. The government needs to get out of our lives, ASAP!(I still can’t help but think that the I & R process is easier in other states, and that that should be the final arbiter.)

          In the final analysis, it matters the most where I can make the most difference. I won’t stop until there are no laws against private property. Those are the laws that kill innocent people.

          Thanks for the information, Al. You’ve given me a lot to think about.

          • Al Dunaway

            Any time, Jake. I am a life member and volunteer coordinator for the Arizona Citizen’s defense League, the group that lobbied the Legislature, shut don the e-mail server and switchboard at the Capitol and the Governor’s office, and as grown from 4 people o over 11,000 in 9 years. No anti firearm bill has made it out of committee during those years.

          • Jake Witmer

            Outstanding! You’ve gone a long way toward convincing me about how good AZ is. Now all I have to do is make a tactical decision: Can I reform the WY I&R process to the point it’s useable (and do I want to reward WY with a reciprocal CCW permit), should I keep my Alaska information where it is, or should I move to AZ? In AK and WY, there are far fewer people, and I’ve made my money doing pro-capitalist political organization for libertarian causes.

            I will say this: You’ve given me a lot to think about, and I greatly admire the work done by yourself and the ACDL if what you say is true. (And I have no reason to believe it isn’t.)

            A few more questions though: Given the population of AZ, how many members of that gun rights organization and others, combined? I know that in one single election cycle, the AK LP registered 9,000 people as Libertarian. (Actually one guy named Al did that, but I don’t think he wants to be “outed” here so I won’t give his last name.)

            There are far, far more people in AZ, so it makes me wonder, how many are hidebound “conservatives”? (One problem with calling oneself a “conservative” is that it inherently contains labeling that opposes the “social tolerance” half of individual freedom. It inherently inserts social intolerance into free market thinking, which is totally illegitimate. A simple label change to “classical liberal” or “libertarian” defeats that communication problem.) Conservatives tend to accept tyranny, unless it attacks them personally, as noted by Nobel Prize Winning Economist F. A. Hayek. Classical liberals have a conception about how the future should be (modern “liberals” took only that normative view, and perverted it into socialism).

            In short, the problems of unfreedom can’t be solved at the level of thinking that created them. The “conservatives” in AZ who wish to deny marijuana users their property rights lack any way of protecting gun rights, because they think it’s OK for the police to destroy people’s cars and homes looking for personal property mislabeled as “contraband.” This is the core aspect of the socialist police state: the ability to violate the Bill of Rights, as it is written, in plain English.

            If WY and AK can get ~10K people effectively engaged, how many more could we get in AZ? Ideally, a pro-freedom bloc is centered around gun rights, and alternate currency rights. …Rights that can’t even be taken away if the excuse is “We just want to look for drugs.” Such thugs would be met with fast-moving lead in any truly free country.

            After what you’ve told me, I now need to ask about taxation, incorporation, allodial title, other forms of social tolerance (when will AZ legalize marijuana, and end the drug war and embrace property rights?), etc.

            Again: Thanks for the information, and all you’ve personally done to keep jack-booted stormtroopers away from our firearms.

          • Al Dunaway

            Also, we amended the State Constitution so if a dirtbag is killed or injured during the commission of a felony, attempting to commit a felony or fleeing from a felony, he or his survivors cannot sue you.

          • Jake Witmer

            My feeling is that this is a very good thing overall, but that there is a problem inherent within it. That problem is that Texas (and the rest of the USA) is comprised of people who are (in the majority, there are certainly exceptions) far too stupid to comprehend what constitutes “a felony.”

            The Scottish Enlightenment produced thinkers who very intelligently noted what spheres of human conduct should be off-limits to government. The Magna Carta, and later, the leveller uprising, defined the jury (and what constitutes a proper jury trial) in enough detail to produce western civilization.

            Western common law, in this example, indicates that a “crime” must have two elements:

            1) Injury to a specific, named party (because governments have a long history of making laws that allegedly “protect society” or “protect god” or “protect religion” or “protect the environment”)
            2) Intent to injure the same specific, named party.

            A “felony” is a term used to describe “a serious crime.”

            It is interesting then, that the allegedly strong and independent Republic of Texas is full of people who tolerate a “war on drugs.” (Really, a war on the weakest members of society, and those merchants most at risk of bigoted condemnation of their lifestyle.) It is even more interesting that this “Republic of Texas” that is so independent, cannot even manage to pass gun laws equal to those passed in Arizona, Wyoming, Alaska, and Vermont. It is still more interesting to me that the belligerent and sociopathic highway patrol and local police in Texas are among the most parasitic, bellicose, and thieving in the nation, with stealing money and property from motorists being their primary activity, above all others.

            “Don’t mess with Texas” may well have once meant as a warning to foolish or uncivilized outsiders not to violate the rights of any individual Texan. However, the phrase now means “Texas is a police state where individual rights are not tolerated, and everyone, Texans included, are crushed under the boot of a strong central authority. Don’t eat a psilocybin mushroom that grows on your property (on cowshit you own, from a cow you own, on land that you own), because Texans’ comprehension of property rights is a flimsy as the veil on said mushroom.”

            We own the guns, we own our own bodies. The domain of government rightfully has nothing to say about either. …But they do have a lot to say, wrongfully, unjustly, and intolerantly, about both.

            The socialists who call themselves liberals have lain claim to our property rights when the object of their hatred is (scary!) firearms. The socialists who call themselves conservatives have lain claim to our property rights when the object of their fear and hatred is (scary!) drugs. In both cases, the true object is to turn two idiotic, servile, and easily-manipulated groups against each other, so that the parasites robbing them both blind can escape notice.

            Whatever scares you will get you to surrender liberty, if you lack a proper, civilized philosophy.

            I have a proper, civilized, western liberal philosophy, so I cannot be made to fear my own freedom, nor the freedom of others. (Note: the term liberal is being used in the old way, the way meant before most of the world underwent a state-mandated lobotomy in the form of worldwide government-sociopath-controlled “education.” I’m using the term “liberal” the way Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, Thomas Paine, and Friedrich A. Hayek used the term –as an educated adult.)

            Even the abuse of freedom is a wonderful thing: it lets you know you have freedom, and it provides a bad example for you to SHOW your children, so they can avoid the mistakes made by the bad examples. Also: it allows those bad examples to change their circumstances at any moment, simply by trying harder, by becoming truly deserving of charity, and a helping hand. When freedom is abused so much that it violates others’ rights, it still shows us that the problems of too much freedom (an occasional lack of security, a few deaths from rapidly-caught criminals) are far better than the problems of too little freedom (omnipresent threat from uniformed thugs, a crippled economy, and ultimately, mass murder by government).

            The entire USA is a grotesque caricature of the civilized nation it is supposed to be, because the socialists who have taken over America mistake civilization to be “what they personally like” instead of a nation that allows everyone to pursue “what each individual likes.”

            We really don’t need a single pro-gun law to be passed in order to put things right. We need individual citizens who know that they have a right to nullify the law, on an individual basis. Such citizens typically lie to the judge during “voir dire” jury selection, answering the voir dire questions the way all the other sheep answer them. They recognize that the judge and prosecutor have absolutely no right “to see the truth” about their personal philosophies, prior to the trial. They recognize that the the pre-trial questions stack the jury against the defendant, because most people, though empathic, are also quasi-literate conformists. Stanley Milgram’s investigation of the obedient mindset revealed a shocking truth: most people are willing to override their own personal morality in service to a perceived legitimate authority, without properly questioning whether the authority is legitimate.

            This is the principle upon which Hitler was able to corrupt the entire nation of Germany. This is the principle by which Stalin controlled the USSR, murdering over twice as many people as Hitler murdered (in the name of utopia). This is the principle by which Pol Pot put to death over 90% of the inhabitants of Cambodia, (murdering anyone with an education or any material wealth).

            The people who resisted doing harm to another person based on a scientist’s orders in the Milgram experiment were well-versed in the nature of personal accountability.

            The truth is that Scotland has already seceded from the UK, and Texas has already seceded from the USA: the very second that more than 5% of individuals in those areas of the globe believe that they have a right to judge the law, as well as whether or not the law has been broken, when called to serve on a jury. When called, such individuals answer the filtering questions (AKA “voir dire” questions) just the way everyone else answers them: as unthinking conformists who agree with every law. Once seated, there is no obligation to follow through with (remain consistent with) the answers, even though you can be replaced with an alternate juror for contradicting yourself. …So don’t explain your verdict, except generally: “I don’t think the defendant is guilty” or “I think the prosecution is lying.”

            Once the public is educated in the prior manner, at a deep level of comprehension, they can no longer be controlled.

            We invest far too much of our time trying to control power-seeking sociopaths (politicians), and far too little time shedding the light of the enlightenment on our family members, friends, and associates.

            Once you’ve fully explained the idea of “jury nullification of law” to someone, if they reject the idea (and would therefore agree to punish an innocent person, just because a judge or prosecutor told them to), you should reject friendship with that person. You should ostracize them. After all, they are a redcoat, and would champion the police shooting you dead simply because you wanted to own a certain kind of firearm, or a certain plant extract, etc.

            The supreme value of the Enlightenment was the beginning of social tolerance, under the law, with the law forbidding only VIOLENCE and FRAUD (DELAYED VIOLENCE).

            Now that the law has been perverted, we must restore western civilization, by restoring our own brave independence. When we break the law, we must not give in to the threats of cruel and unusual punishment bandied about by the grotesque anti-American parasites known as “prosecutors.” Such parasites are the enemies of justice, freedom, and American exceptionalism.

            Let us restore freedom by giving it to our neighbors. Freedom and civilization are only available to the armed man. Let us be intellectually armed, as well as physically armed. After all, the true intellectual (not the kind populating the college campuses we’re sending our kids to, unfortunately) knows that we live in material reality, and must be armed if we are to live as free men, inside that material reality.

            “America” is one simple idea: Consistent property rights, based on the idea that the common man (the jury) is willing to defend the property rights of his neighbors, even if they protect property that differs in nature from the property that he himself cherishes.

            Civil disobedience brings this idea into conflict with its opposite. When engaging in civil disobedience, the ultimate result is either a jury trial, or an armed rebellion. Ironically, without the jury trial, and without widespread ownership of guns (two things the police state fears), a violent rebellion is inevitable. But don’t take it from me:
            “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy

            I’ve said my piece.

  • Stephen

    For CT possession of an unregistered 11+ round mag is only a ticket the first time but it does jump to a felony for the second offence. Suppressors are also legal. CT still doesn’t deserve to be ranked higher.

  • John Wood

    California gets no credit for being a “stand-your-ground” state?

    • Ban Liberals

      Stand your ground with WHAT? Paper clips?

      • John Wood

        You mean paper MAGAZINES.

    • Ban Liberals

      Stand your ground with WHAT? Paper clips?

    • Avian Flu

      i suppose CA could get credit for that, but i think you’d have to challenge someone with a sword, or a lance on horseback because apparently guns are evil and just by owning one in CA you’re assumed to be some kind of criminal.

  • Grits.N.Jowls

    I am envious of AZ; Georgia should be ranked higher because in addition to HB60 Governor Deal also signed HB 826 which authorizes licensed gun owners to carry in public school zones.

    • Charles_C

      Georgia isn’t an open carry state.

      • Grits.N.Jowls

        Well that’s news to those of us here who do it.

        • Charles_C

          Do you need a permit to open carry?

          • Grits.N.Jowls

            Right now we do but after 1 July it will be illegal for the cops to ask us if we have one. So everybody gets an open carry pass by default soon.

          • Charles_C

            Right now, that list also deals with right now.

          • Grits.N.Jowls

            Right now, the cops don’t bother us and I’ve never been confronted by one asking to see my GA weapons license even though I sometimes carry two guns on both hips in public, specifically in local malls.

          • Charles_C

            I’ve never had a cop to confront me about carrying. They ask me what I’m carrying, and I tell them and we chit chat a bit. Weather, where the cheapest ammo and who has it.

          • Jake Witmer

            But what if you ignore the pig bastards as you have every right to do? What if you have black skin?

            …Then you find out what rights you have, not what “temporary privileges” you have.

          • Jeff Tallant

            Grits your wrong kind of open carry has been legal since 1773 but in 1903 the license was requier to keep blacks from carrying..The hb 60 stops cops from police harassment on GWL holders

      • Jeff Tallant

        Your wrong Georgia is a Open Carry state one of our local proved it by carrying in a county park openly.

        • donedwards

          Georgia has NOT been an open carry state without a license since 1906. State laws take precedent (preempt) over county laws. Counties and cities could not restrict carry in parks even prior to HB60.

      • Phil Evans

        GA is not an unlicensed open carry state with regard to pistols, but with a GWCL you can carry a pistol openly or concealed. Long guns may be open carried without a license.

  • plectocomia

    I moved from California to Georgia last year and feel I won the jackpot!

    • jy kelly

      I moved from CALI, to Arizona,last year… That was after 60 years of living there.. Talk about hitting to jackpot…. NOW, if we could just vote out John McCain I’d really be happy….

      • Tim Wilkins

        Hell no you can not have my guns!!

        • John Smith

          If they come for them, or try to take them from you, give them ALL of your ammo first.

          • Fred Domini

            124 grains at a time!



      • NameNotGiven

        This listing is not very sober or informed.

        DC is 51st? Really? It is harder and more time consuming to get a gun in Maryland, NJ and NY than DC. I know I have lived in NJ and DC and have friends in Maryland.

        As far as concealed carry permits, is Marylands “shall issue” which is in fact “will not issue except to retired LEO” different than DC “no issue?”

        Really would you rather have a jurisdiction tell you the special people can carry.

        In DC I can buy any handgun legal in Maryland, and way more are legal in DC than are legal in California or Mass. It takes less time to have in your hands.

        yes, like a huge number of states “assault rifles” are illegal in DC, but you can in fact buy a mini-14, ares scr when it comes online, and any number of semi auto shotguns.

        I am not supporting DC’s laws or any of the bogus gun control anywhere. These all scapegoat and distract from the real causes of violence, but it is an objective falsehood to rank it below Maryland, NJ, NY, Mass or California

        • benanov

          MD is may issue.

          • NameNotGiven

            May issue when you don’t issue is worse than forbidding it.

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            Maryland’s may issue and DC laws on issue are the same. May issue means retired cops and political contributors get permits

        • ronin

          Technically D.C. is not a state but our capital

          • NameNotGiven

            it is on the list of states here

          • OldPatriot32

            DC IS NOT A STATE, AND NEVER WAS! It doesn’t belong on this list, anyway.

          • John Smith

            Last I checked, it was still in the USA, and it is covered. The Supreme Court even backed it up, yet they illegally violate our rights. There have even been court rulings that crossing a state line doesn’t forfeit your civil rights, yet all of these states do it.

          • jim stephens

            The right to travel is not in the Constitution.

          • conservative since 1962

            Would you like it better if the list was titled “States & Territories”

          • OldPatriot32

            It’s not a territory, either!

        • ChristCrusader

          At least MD allows long guns in the vehicle away from home.
          DC will lock someone up just for unregistered spent casings in the vehicle!

          • NameNotGiven

            1) I can take my DC legal Mini 14 in my vehicle, it just has to be locked in trunk or container and unloaded. I drive it to the range in Va twice a month.
            2) several of the states on this list define ammunition as any reloadable consistent part. A spent casing is not illegal in my vehicle. If I have a 45 cal casing in my car it is fine as I have a valid 9mm handgun registration.
            And DC had one prosecution on a constituent ammo parts. The guy, who had no guns registered in DC was found to have a box of brand new unfired 40 cal, and muzzle loader semi jacketed hollow point with plastic sabot in his home. The warrant on the 40 cal was challenged so he was only prosecuted successfully on the muzzloader round. But as everyone knows frequently when the larger offense is knocked out on a technical evidentiary exclusion a minor offense will be prosecuted.
            I am not defending his prosecution, but it is irrelevant to the rest of us. He was in the middle of a contentious divorce and himself an attorney, he had at his DC residence a box of live, modern 40 cal.

          • Mi

            You talk like someone from a commie country. What part of the 2nd Amendment gives any state government or DC the right to restrict guns and ammo? You should be FREE to keep and bear arms without a bunch of special little rules or reasons. Why should you have to lock anything in your trunk?

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            “Mi” you should like someone living in a trailer park. Every state on this list has some restrictions.
            No one is arguing the issue of what is right and wrong with the laws but the level of the laws.
            Putting DC as 51st when Maryland and NJ are much worse, is silly

          • Mi

            Hey Michael Bloomberg, I didn’t know you visited this site. We don’t have any paved roads either.

          • Sarah Levin

            “Mi” you are the one that sounds like Michael Bloomberg.’

            You and the author of this article ought to actually register a handgun in NJ and DC before making the laughable claim DC is worse

          • Mi

            I never said anything about which one was worse. They are ALL completely and horribly infringing upon the right to keep and bear arms. There is no wiggle room in there for which one is worse. They either are or they aren’t in violation our right as the PEOPLE of this Union to keep and bear arms. As a matter of fact they are violating my rights not to keep and bear arms if I cross their border.

          • jrogersp

            They did say that they had to work with he stupidly written Laws and try to understand them. Understanding any Law is nearly impossible the way they are written!

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            Hey “mi” you are objectively wrong on your facts, you are the one who sounds like Michael Bloomberg!

          • Jake Witmer

            At some point, they are all unacceptable.

          • John Smith

            These laws are completely illegal, and unconstitutional. Period! Look up “unalienable” this means that NO law can be written contrary to your civil rights. All of these laws are illegal, and void. With this said, it needs to come down to a fight every time. Nobody wants to rot in jail while waiting for a legal battle, and most can afford it. the are simply illegally suppressing everyone. It must come to a fight. Freedom is not free, and nobody is fighting for it anymore. Any public employee or office holder that violates someone’s civil rights should be fired and in jail without exception. If we don’t fight for our freedom, we lose it. All of it!

          • PatrioticInfidelInPA

            The key here is jury nullification. Problem being is that many people are too stupid and do NOT KNOW the Constitution and people try to get out of jury duty. I would love to get jury duty for an unconstitutional charge. You are required to provide a verdict of “NOT GUILTY” if the law is unconstitutional.

          • Flybob

            You could not be more right. That is why I hate the NRA. They are a bunch of lawyers that are self perpetuating their jobs. If they would go after the traitors to the US Constitution I would support them completely. I am a member but only because I don’t want to lose my status as an NRA pistol instructor. I have little or no respect for them. All one has to do is read the preamble to the US Constitution (mission statement), article VI and THEN read the rest of it and it’s not too difficult to put together that we are being systematically destroyed as far as our country and freedoms are concerned. The second amendment IS my right to carry….open OR concealed! Anywhere, anytime and for any reason. I have a right to long knives, sawed off shotguns, automatics, silencers and howitzers or nuclear submarines if one can be found for sale. We are INTENDED to be able to defend ourselves against a tyrannical government….such as we now have. So we have the right to have at LEAST as good weapons as our crooked government has. The Declaration of Independence states CLEARLY that we have a RIGHT and a DUTY to throw off such a government. Can’t do that with bb guns

          • Morphior

            At least you guys are allowed BB guns… As opposed to Germany where projectile-launching objects that can store the energy and with more than 7.5 joules (5.53 ft lbs) are considered weapons and fall under WaffG (German weapons law)… Don’t get me wrong, you are absolutely right about the Second Amendment and how the right to bear arms in the United States is completely infringed, but I’m just making a point here that there are indeed places on earth which are worse than that.

          • Ron W

            The federal, state or local governments have NO rights, only delegated powers which come DOWN from the people. The Bill of Rights including the 2nd Amendment DECLARE the pre-existing rights of the people and prohibit their violation or infringement by the government. The government may do NOTHING without having been delegated the power to do so.

          • Justice PonZee

            Our courts have very liberally and widely interpreted this “delegation” of power to the government. The only way to uninterpret it is by force.

          • Guest57

            I agree, but most states have their special little rules.

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            Exactly. Anyone who has lived in the east coast and gotten a firearm in Maryland or NJ, and then gone to DC knows it is easier to get a gun in DC than either Md or Va.

          • Little Bright Feather

            Exactly ! ANY gun laws are TREASON ! Even Jesus Christ orders us to carry a weapon all the time to protect our lives ! Luke 22:36 …. And DC is NOT the BOSS OR RULER over the States ! It never has been and was never intended to be – DC is the SERVANT TO TAKE ORDERS, NOT GIVE THEM ! The Law of the Land is for anyone not insane to carry a weapon any way they wish. DC is NOT over the States – the States are who have the power, not DC as they have indoctrinated everyone to believe ! And DC is its own entity and NOT a “state”. DC is to be concerned only with EXTERNAL things that is in the Constitution DEFINED for them to do. If it is not DEFINED – then they cannot do it – period ! DC was given only 3 things they had as their duties – protect the rights, freedoms and lands of the people, Foreign Trade, and protect the outside borders from invasion. THAT’S IT – DC IS NOT ALLOWED TO DO ANYTHING MORE ! Look to the ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION and Founders Law, not what comes out of DC or the new 1787 US Constitution that the Founders did not write. They only wrote the Bill of Rights after rejecting the new Constitution that they were FORCED to accept. Most have no idea about this hidden TRUE history. The Founders warned the people NOT to obey DC Federalists ! They saw how the illuminati shadow govt was already in control.

          • jrogersp

            I agree! I live in Cal. and although it is pretty easy to get a gun you do not have the choice of Any out there and the Constitution says “Not to be Infringed on” and my rights to bear Arms here are infringed on! Almost every state infringes a little bit and that is for safety I guess but, when they go to far like they do in Cal. I draw the line! As soon as we sell our Home we are moving somewhere in the Northwest! The Liberal commies can have Cal. and all of their Regulations on everything, hell you must get a permit to replace your waterheater!

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            Way more guns are legal in DC than in California. I just spent a year in DC, and the DC laws are less stringent than California. Could not register my Sig in Cali but it is legal in DC

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            You sound like a child. the person was noting Maryland laws are worse. Maryland laws are objectively worse than DC laws

          • abby101

            You said it!! I agree!!!

          • wvstarktruth

            And how degraded we have come to even admit that such a harmless act will get one thrown in jail! Sickening statement on the manner in which we are viewing our constitutional rights. Sorry excuse we have for a Supreme Court.

          • abby101

            Wow!!! Ain’t that terrible?? Why he had a box of “live” ammo in the car!! Damn glad I live in Ga!!!!

          • Flageorge

            Howdy out there. I called the New York City chamber of commerce and told them I was traveling through there with a handgun. They said for me to take it apart and spread it around the truck and there shouldn’t be any problems…till I meet an asshole cop I guess. I always had a permit for registered legal guns in NY but they were supposed to be for Range only. Well, I’m going to the range 24-365 .

          • Seed_Of_Filth71

            pocket knives are illegal in DC! Look it up,so I can imagine guns are just as strict! I’m from Indiana living in MD the past 3 years and I don’t feel safe there.

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            Maryland is much more difficult and time consuming to get a handgun than DC. So Is NJ

          • Mi

            Commies! The only thing that makes me happy about those places is the fact that all of the Leftists morons congregate there.

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            Pocket knives are not illegal in DC. So maybe you imagine things from imagining facts?

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            No one has ever been locked up in DC for spent casing without committing some other crimes.
            people in Massachusetts have been though.

          • Michael Gerzen

            Just driving through the state a doctor on the way to a hunting trip received felony weapons transport charge

          • cmjay

            I have read that Cops there were flagging down cars with FL. License plates to search for weapons.

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            they do that in Maryland too.
            IN DC not one person — Not one — Has ever been arrested for traveling through. When you look at the cases you find people stopping for tourism etc. that is not protected by transport laws in MOST east coast states

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            micahel gerzen. that is a lie. DC is fully protected by FOPA. The story you mention is one of those Emily Miler wrote leaving our half the facts.
            The case mention would have also resulted in a felony arrest in 18 other states where you also cannot stop and hang our or visit government buildings taking your gun with you!

          • Shawn

            Here is the case of the spent casing. Anyone passing through DC with a spent casing can face prosecution. God forbid its live ammo.

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            Shawn you are wrong, DC is fully covered by FOPA.
            fopa is for people form outside the state/district.
            The case you cite is for a guy who was a resident of DC. If he had registered a gun in DC where he lived and had already declared his residence he would not have run afoul. And the they caught him with a box of 40 as well

          • sh68137
          • theronald

            Casings can be registered?

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            the casings business is funny since 8 other states define ammunition as any part, including casings. And several of those require a valid gun registration to possess ammo

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            DC and Maryland have the SAME laws as far as transport of firearms. If you live in Maryland you have to be going from home to a gun specific activity just like DC. If you don’t live in Maryland you cant stop to take a diversion, same as DC.
            And casing do not need to be “registered.” in DC. A person possessing parts to assemble ammunition must have a valid gun registration — as with six other states. The one guy who got in trouble in DC for that had other offenses at the same time (he had fully functional 40 caliber ammo and no DC pistol license).

        • ARJAY

          WOW arguing about which of the 8 BOTTOM rated are the worst?! Then move to 9th from the bottom! Sheesh!!!

          If you live in the bottom 11, MOVE!! they will NOT get much better! If you live in the top 10, good!

          If you live in the middle 30, work to improve them!

          But stop arguing about the 3 bottom ones that are rated so close, does it REALLY MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE?????

          Don’t be so stupid!! I’m not talking to just “GUEST” on this, but to ALL posts making this argument.

          • JaimeIslandGuy

            I think the point is that this article makes no sense to people who have lived in those poor gun rights states for reasons of family or jobs.
            To get a handgun in NY takes ten times longer than DC

          • ARJAY

            I understand what you are saying & agree. I’m just saying, if you live in a state that’s rated bad (by the criteria set out in the article) does it matter if your state is rated 50th or 49th or 48th? That just seems VERY SILLY and has NO POINT!

            Now if you disagree with your state rating being shown at a rate of, say 25th and you think it is much worse, say 40th or vice versa, THAT WOULD be worth arguing about.

            The article DID state HOW the ranking was done. They had to use SOME KIND of measuring standard they could put a number on, and they did state what that was.

            I thought my state would have ranked higher than it did, but the way they did the survey, I would guess they are real close to being correct. But my state IS improving!

            If you live in a badly rated state and your CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED RIGHTS ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU, YOU NEED TO MOVE!! Or at least become very active in getting the laws changed by having them judged as UNCONSTITUTIONAL, as they are!

          • abby101

            I guess it would be—-because you have to live in NY because of a job or something—othereise; who in hell in their right mind would want to live in Ny City????

        • cmjay

          The List is not complete – Obama says there are 57 States.

        • Joe

          I think DC is the worst – I have lived in MD and it was not as restrictive to get a handgun.

          Look at the story where a man saved a child’s life from a pit bull by shooting the dog and DC fined him and the man had to move to avoid prison time.

          DC worst area by a mile.

        • SweetSharron

          If Feinstein turns in ALL of her many private guns and weapons and terminates
          all the secret service agents who follow her ever footstep, where she no longer has a private driver to her car, and then has to leave her car and walk singly through the dark before she gets into her house or a necessary meeting,

    • JayTee

      Congratulations on your escape from Mexifornia. Just pray that jurisdiction doesn’t pull the rest of the nation down the drain with it.

      • Kurt Maske

        Have you spent a summer in Georgia? Make sure you head to the nearest Home Depot for fire ant poison…as they are some nasty little critters. BTW…concealed carry is very easy (little expensive) to get.

        • Phil Evans

          Expensive? It’s only about $80-85 to get a GA Weapons License, and it’s good for 5 years. It’s even cheaper now for renewals thanks to HB 60, as you don’t have to pay again for fingerprinting.

          BTW, the license allows for both open and concealed carry of pistols. :-)

          • John Beach Hubbard

            In Maine it costs $20 to renew a carry permit. No fingerprinting but a photo card is issued.

          • John Smith

            Do you have your free speech permit, and how much did that cost? how much was your voting permit?

          • OldPatriot32

            Unlike “Taxachusetts!”

          • OldPatriot32

            Good for Georgia; better than most..

        • John Beach Hubbard

          The only problem with the southern states is the intense summer heat and humidity. People with money summer in Maine and winter in Florida or other southern climes.

          • golface12949

            There are two classes in this country, The Haves & the have nots.You’re eithe rich & get anything you want or you are trying to make ends meet. Just watch the Mecom car auction & you’ll see all the fat cats & criminals spnding $100’s of housands on fancy cars that they will neve drive. They don’t worry about getting a permit to carry any way they want.Money talks, justice walks! Look at the politician carring a conceald weapon in Ferguson during a deomstration. No crme , no foul!

          • John Smith

            So much for all of us being equal under the law.

          • OldPatriot32

            There are 3 classes in this nation; the rich, the have-nots, and the slowly shrinking Middle Class which still exists in an endangered category, contrary to popular belief!

          • KingDon

            Hey good buddy – either learn to spell or get your spell-check fixed. Kinda hard to read your post.

        • Jake Witmer

          The Second Amendment states that we have a pre-existing right to own and carry arms. “Arms” is a general category that includes subcategories, such as “firearms.” Firearms is a sub-category that can be broken down further, into “machine guns,” “rifles,” “handguns,” “grenade launchers,” etc.

          However, I would like to call everyone on this board’s attention to a simple fact of reality: Small robots are even more selective, targeted, intelligent, and deadly weapons than firearms. Everything a firearm can do, a small robot carrying venom or poison (as in “Dune”) can do better. Ultimately, those who control strong (Drexlerian) nanotech will control the use of force in society.

          I’m only stating this to point out that, though very important today, firearms have perhaps 10 more years of viability as a means of decentralizing power. Then, we are either totally screwed, or totally free. Worth thinking about when I put it that way, right?

          Big Dog, etc:

          insect drones:

          • Fritz from WI

            hey, maybe it wasn’t the obama enterovirus that has plagued my upper respiratory system this fall. maybe i got bit by a u.s. govt. bugbot that they released on us no. VA voters last nov. maybe to save that turd Warner’s u.s. senate race?
            anyway, i think you are taking too much of an alarmist tack.

        • abby101

          Expensive “hell”!!!!!!

      • Jake Witmer

        Too late. …The idiots in San Diego are trying to raise the minimum wage there by 43%, higher than the rest of CA. They are trying to replicate the conditions of Detroit…

      • OldPatriot32

        I live there, in Riverside County; not as bad as LA or the Bay Area liberal bastion. Most Sierra counties are pro-gun, too! Many Sheriffs have eased carry restrictions recently. Califexico it is, though!

    • Jake Witmer

      better than nothing!

    • ilovega

      I read your post. Please move back to California. Georgia does not want west coast idiots living here. You hit the jackpot and we lost.

      • Shannon M Carithers

        GA was recently also ranked as the top business state in the country and guess what, one of the big reasons is because so many intelligent business owners have moved here from other states and yes, that includes California. Please don’t say “Georgia” does or does not want someone here. Speak for yourself, because you damned sure don’t represent this state.

        • Jake Witmer

          Say hi to Steve for me. :)

      • Mi

        I understand exactly what you are saying but you don’t know what you are talking about. There are millions of idiots on the west coast but that doesn’t mean they all are. I have met a lot of good very conservative people from all 3 west coast states and I have met a bunch of Leftist douchebags from every state including some Georgia AHOLES who have moved to my state.

        • Jake Witmer

          People who want freedom are not conservatives, they are liberals (classical liberals, like Thomas Paine and Adam Smith, not socialists who call themselves liberals), AKA “libertarians.”

          If you want your freedom, you’re going to have to learn a new word, and learn how to disobey false authority. Stanley Milgram showed us all what needed to be done.

          • rigger mortus

            I don’t much like labels, Conservatives, liberals, democrats, republicans, these days the only classification of the people who are suppose to be running this country is “Servants”, instead we got crooks, and dictators.

          • Jake Witmer

            “I don’t much like labels, Conservatives, liberals, democrats,

            You don’t have to like labels, but if you want your freedom, you’d better learn what they mean, and when they’re meaningless. You’re going to have to learn what the real patterns are that are defined by those labels. Some labels have specific meaning, others do not, but all reveal a lot about the user. Human language may be slow, serial, and imprecise, but it’s better than being uncivilized cave men.

            Democrat is meaningless, stands for socialist sociopaths who pretend to offer social tolerance. Republican is meaningless, stands for socialist sociopaths who pretend to offer economic freedom. Small-D democrat stands for the tendency to favor human brain based networks as limits on government power (this has mostly failed, except for the jury, speech, and gun-ownership). Small-R republican stands for tendency to favor proper laws as a limit on government power (this has failed, except for letting the government know, via the 2nd amendment, when it can expect to encounter resistance). As for conservatives or liberals, read this:

            In the USA only the term “libertarian” has any meaning apart from bland, power-seeking sociopathy.

            “these days the only classification of the people who are
            suppose to be running this country is “Servants”,”
            –Think about what government is. It’s the use of force. Do you really want to be “served” by the use of force? Not unless you’re a socialist. We had all the laws we needed over 100 years ago, and we still have the common law to deal with rape, robbery, murder, fraud, etc. …All the things that are actually crimes. We no longer need the legislature, but that doesn’t stop them from trying to control every aspect of our lives.

            “instead we got crooks,
            and dictators.”
            –And that’s all we’ll ever have until we admit that government force is a poor tool for solving problems, and stop giving power to the people who seek power (hence indicating they are not smart enough to understand or agree with the prior statement). Most people who want governnment jobs are sociopaths: they don’t care that their jobs will require them to hurt innocent people.

            Every single cop and prosecutor is either a sociopath, or willing to be directed by sociopaths.

            In any case, they can serve noone but themselves with that horrible, un-American philosophy.

            Even the Libertarians can be infiltrated, but they’re the only ones even TALKING about freedom without being obviously self-contradicting.

          • John Smith

            You have to look at the numbers. Neither major party is 100% perfect, but where the democrats/communists/liberals/progressives are 80% wrong, the Republicans/Conservatives are 95% right. Neither are perfect, but I will vote for the constitution every time. If the liberals disarm us and take our freedom, and the government takes the power away from the people, then it’s over anyway.
            The Republicans tend to fail on illegal searches and privacy violations, but I will never vote for losing our free speech, freedom of the press, right to keep and bear arms, losing our health care, opening our borders, and racism and discrimination, etc., as the liberals/democrats all want. Divide us and we fail. We all should be fighting for the constitution and equality first.

          • OldPatriot32

            And so it was ever thus, for the past 200 years. Ain’t gonna change much until people wake up to the facts; politics is a rotten business, and makes strange bedfellows.

          • Fred Domini

            Right. Classic liberalism best describes the libertarian ideals.

        • OldPatriot32

          You’re right; the nation is homogenized, with a plurality of liberals in many metro areas around the US.

      • Person97

        Quite frankly, us Coloradans agree with you. We hate Californians here.

        • Rihard C.

          Is it really true that the ancestors of you people in Colorado got lost and couldn’t find your way west?

          • Fritz from WI

            no, they looked around, and realized that they weren’t going to find any more beautiful place further west than where they were standing when the arrived?

          • Bud Grounds

            No, they were just smart enough to stop in a place that is beautiful and where they don’t have earthquakes and mudslides. All those that live in California now are living in danger from a major earthquake since it is setting on a major fault. We all make choices as to where we wish to live. I live in Central Florida and subject to hurricanes but would rather face them than gamble my life on a mudslide or earthquake.

          • OldPatriot32

            Colorado does have mudslides during a wet period; and I guess you forgot the wildfires, too.

      • NMcharlie

        Hey, man! Don’t be so quick to paint with a broad brush! California has many fine AMERICAN citizens who respect and revere every word of the Constitution. Sadly, due to the enormous numbers of gullible, brainwashed and largely ignorant masses of government dependent lackeys primarily in the Bay Area and the greater LA area, these poor folks are outnumbered 4:1 or more, and therefore are forced to succumb to the stupidity of these ignoramuses. I welcome what I call California escapees to my state. They often appreciate their new found freedom more than those who are native to the free states who too often take that freedom for granted. Remember judge the INDIVIDUAL on the basis of the content of his or her character, NOT on the basis of his state or country of origin, skin color or other superficial characteristics.

      • Fritz from WI

        hey, you’re lucky; BO has been flooding No. Virginia suburbs with Central america illegals to change the voting demographics. probably saved that jerk “mr. clean jeans” Warner’s u.s. senate reelection.

    • Phil Evans

      Welcome! I bet it feels like you entered the land of the free. :-)


      I’m a USC grad and knew enough to GTFO of there in 1986, never have regretted it. This “sanctuary” for all that is deviant and third world, has degenerated from the time we lived there with all GOP governors to the current Mexifornia, a bankrupt hellhole where whites are a minority and the aberrants are in charge.

    • cmjay

      You most likely did – your Taxes are lower and Real Estate is cheaper.

    • jesse

      I’m thinking about moving from California to Georgia this is good to know !!

  • J.W. Wernecke

    Apparently you all need to go back and look at Kansas laws. No. 9? How about leading the pack? 1st to draft bills outlawing the federal governments involvement in state. Just passed another that says that local government can not restrict gun rights and that an LEO “Shall Sign” NFA documents……

    • Micah Jakes

      Agreed. The Freestate is getting alot done. Just a few years ago, we were behind all our neighbors. Now even Missourians wish they had our laws.
      Open carry as of July 1st from what I understand. Here in Wyandotte County (Dem controlled) people are predicting armageddon after that date.

      • Jake Witmer

        Unrestricted CCW is vastly better than “open carry” for restoring a lost gun culture.

      • Thomas Clark

        Missouri is right with Kansas, actually. We just passed a law forbidding residency establishments from banning gun, giving schools the power to designate carrying staff members, moved the concealed carry age to 19, and forbid any city from making gun laws more strict than the state. We’ve made up a lot of ground in the past few months. Pro gun laws and amendments just keep coming in and promptly getting passed.

  • DK

    We need to ban all assault rifles like the AR-15 and the AK-47 and we need to close all loopholes by requiring universal background checks!

    • Eric

      Troll harder.

    • Jim Kirk

      why dont you come try and take mine DicK

      • DK

        Over your cold dead body if you want azzwipe!

        • gunnyf

          Tough talk from someone using initials and no picture

        • gunnyf

          Tough talk from someone using initials and no picture

        • Sean P Hamilton

          If everyone gave up their weapons, then you will lose your other rights!

          The easy access to incredible firepower is what keeps people like you free and safe.

          Too bad for your group, that you dont understand this. Or anything else of substance.

          There are 300+million people. More than 200million highpowered weapons. Last year there were less than 20k people killed by guns, total.

          The numbers speak for themselves. Guns or any type are rarely used to kill. They are always doing their job, never being fired!

          • Jake Witmer

            Try moving to Burma, …only the government can have guns there. …Just the way you want it. Test it out!

    • Avian Flu

      gun laws to protect ourselves and a ban on “assault rifles”? oh, i see. i think you’re saying you want me to continue being a law abiding citizen and give up my guns so that i can be a victim of the lawless who DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE LAWS? yeah, giving up my guns is going to solve the problem of the criminals. you’re a genius. (that’s sarcasm in case you weren’t aware.)

    • The Major

      I’m glad you recognize that you are mentally and emotionally unfit to own an AR-15. It does take skill, intelligence and responsibility to handle a weapon with safety. Your aversion to them is good as you obviously recognize that you don’t posses these necessary skills. But the great majority of Americans can learn to be proficient with weapons. YOU HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO CURTAIL THEIR GOD GIVEN RIGHTS. Protected by the 2nd amendment.

    • jwyeth

      Bullets first son, that’s how you will get mine

    • CFCP Patriots

      Can you explain to me what you mean by “Universal Background Checks”? …You listen to idiot political talking points too much. It is apparent that you are a typical troll, non gun owner who had never experienced the process of purchasing a firearm. Who don’t you tell us what a “universal Background Check” would do that i not done already?….If Liberals would just stop breeding, we could save this Republic!

    • MrApple

      Background checks did wonders on the California Shooter this Memorial Day weekend. And he used two Sig pistols, a Glock pistol, a knife, and his BMW to kill 6 people and injury 6. Not an EVIL AR or AK in sight and still a nut-job in a firearm restrictive state goes on a rampage with a portion of it in a “Gun Free Zone”. Please respond back I love a good discussion.

    • TexanCountryGirl

      You do realize that more than HALF of mass shooters would easily have passed those background checks???
      Personally, I’d rather be able to protect myself. Especially from your blind ignorance.

    • Ravi32

      lol, discus shows the “upvotes” on DK are himself and three guest ones from himself as well

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  • JayTee

    We need government to do what it is SUPPOSED to do: Regulate actual criminals and invaders of this homeland–NOT try to micromanage every facet of society, rack up trillions in debt, try to remake other societies on the other side of the planet, turn a blind eye to the invasion of this homeland, erode Constitutional rights, confiscate profits and property from producers and providers, and otherwise become the enemy of a free people. We don’t need more laws–we need fewer laws, less government, more sanity, more solvency, and more decency. The super nanny state should be abandoned and personal responsibility and accountability should be implemented once more. We don’t need corrupt politicians deciding who else is corrupt and who else is deemed eligible to protect oneself, home, and family. The “state” should be an ally of all who have respect and support it, but should be the adversary of every party, position, or person bent on the destruction and limitation of those who have respect and integrity. We have a long way to go.

    • Texas Proud

      We keep hearing ideas like this, which are great, but nobody does it, all talk, talk, talk, just please don’t mess with Texas.

      • Jake Witmer

        I have the capacity to make things happen, but not the $. Everything is shaped around the almighty dollar. If you want unrestricted CCW placed on the ballot in 22 I & R states that currently lack it, I’m your man. I’ve worked for plenty of people who have a pet pro-freedom issue that’s important to them, but no pro-gun groups. They don’t want to mobilize, or they’re not smart enough to. (Most likely, the NRA ate all the money necessary to change the laws in all 25 I & R states, of which 3 are UCCW already –AK, WY, AZ–, and IL has a useless process, and NM is “referenda only.” That leaves 20 viable states, with 14 being states where the legislature isn’t allowed to interfere with I & R, or “direct” I & R states.)

        Have you ever even heard anyone speak with the depth on the issue that I just did? Probably not. I’m not bragging, but most people don’t even have a valid strategic hierarchy, because they incorrectly believe that there’s such a thing as “representation,” or they have other incorrect (usually delusional) ideas about political reality.

        It’s hard to find educated political realists in the pro-freedom domain, and that’s why we only slowly move toward individual freedom.

        Another illustrative example:
        Democrat operative Michael Whouley was paid on the order of $50M to win Iowa for John Kerry in 2004. It takes $5M or so to put an initiative on the ballot in CA. If you only want pro-gun people to work on the initiative, and to talk to people at a high-level, that would be more like $10M, because you couldn’t defray the cost by having workers on other petitions “double circulate” (ask individuals to sign more than 1 petition per “stop”). In Florida, it would be more like $3-6M, slightly less than CA. …The other states are far less, with the lowest cost being about $100K.

        I could successfully access the ballot in an additional 6 States, put the initiatives on the ballot, and PASS Unrestricted CCW in those states. Moreover, we could get Montana style unrestricted machine gun manufacture and reciprocity (limited “firearms freedom”) with those 6 states, because we wouldn’t be asking the legislative PARASITES for permission.

        …But this is in an ideal world, where we weren’t our own worst enemy, due to lack of consistent philosophy.

        If anyone has bulging pockets and wants me to accomplish this, I’m pretty easy to reach. I’d be happy to name the order of the states, (this can be figured out without much difficulty).

        I’ve worked on plenty of I & R in all 24 I & R states, except HI, and most states with city I & R.

  • sedona2A

    Az all the way Baby!! I’ m suprised we only got 49 points

    • Mancave Heywood

      Yeah, if you don’t mind being gunned down by a bunch of NAZI’S for camping! With porkchops like that running around, one would need to have great gun laws to protect themselves. R.I.P Jose Guerena, one day those PIGS will get what they deserve!

      • Hal Jordan

        That issue has nothing to do with this story.

        • Jake Witmer

          It has everything to do with this story, unless you’ve narrowed your view too much to protect your own freedom.

    • Jason Rile

      Get rid of those pesky no firearms signs and we should be 50

      • Al Dunaway

        We would be 50 but they didn’t know that we had removed the requirement to notify LEO’s that we are carrying unless they ask.

  • Ed Levine

    You think Texas is better than VA? You can’t even Open Carry in Texas!! Most have no idea.

  • watcherofolde

    I know Minnesota is super liberal, but 39th? We have conceal carry and everybody hunts except for the derps who live in the twin cities.

  • john87

    I dont get NH being only 25th! We have no real restrictions. Being judged harshly because some neighboring states heave restricted laws is bull…how about the closest neighbor having essentially no rules either like VT? Being less than Texas…seriously? In Texas you get arrested for open carry…in NH no one even notices. This is an absurd survey that has no real use as a comparison for judging a states gun tolerance.

  • john87

    I dont get NH being only 25th! We have no real restrictions. Being judged harshly because some neighboring states heave restricted laws is bull…how about the closest neighbor having essentially no rules either like VT? Being less than Texas…seriously? In Texas you get arrested for open carry…in NH no one even notices. This is an absurd survey that has no real use as a comparison for judging a states gun tolerance.

  • Adam Badtothe Bohn

    Fortunately, Missouri has passed several bills that will be of major improvement for 2a rights, most notably SB 656 and SJR 36; I’m interested to see how much we will have improved next year.

  • sane

    all this proves is why i want to live in a civilized country.

    • Avian Flu

      i suppose you’re anti-military too? remember that as you celebrate Memorial Day this weekend. people like you should be thanking people like me and every other veteran and active duty member for our service. it’s because of our service that you’re still able to enjoy the rights the US Constitution guarantees. A guarantee that i was willing to give my life for and one which so many others have died for. enjoy your ignorance.

      • CFCP Patriots

        Libtards don’t believe in the Constitution…..except for when they want to spew Anti-Liberty hate speech against those who believe Liberty is the cornerstone of Human existence.

        Funny how they try to force “tolerance” on the rest of the population by practicing “intolerance”

        Thank you for your service and sacrifice!….there are more of us than you and your brothers/sisters in arms know, who can never repay our debt of gratitude to you for protecting our freedoms and liberties. IT IS UP TO US, THE ORDINARY CITIZEN, TO ENSURE THAT YOUR SERVICE ON OUR BEHALF IS NOT FOUGHT IN VAIN!! We must work hard to make you proud of the Republic you protect!

        • Jake Witmer

          But you have to give them credit for successfully corrupting the word “liberal.” In most of the world, that term is used to describe the philosophy of Thomas Paine and Adam Smith. …Not here! The socialists have done far too thorough a job destroying the education system. In 1900, Vermont was the last state to cave in and adopt the “tax-financed and compulsory” model of “education.” Vermont also never adopted any unconstitutional gun laws. Vermont is also the least-religious state.

          Coincidences? Maybe.

      • cott

        Everyone should be anti-military. Who will come and try to take our rights? Politicians? No. Soldiers following “orders”

        • Jake Witmer

          I don’t precisely agree. Although what you say is true, being generally anti-military won’t prevent that from happening, it will be used as an excuse to justify it to the sheeple. However, extreme social ostracism and ill-will should be shown to “outed” oath-breakers.

    • torr10

      and if you don’t consider the US civilized….bye! Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya….

    • The Major

      That little Obama Logo by your picture tells me all I need to know about your delusional state of mind.

      • Jake Witmer

        What mind?

    • MrApple

      Then by all means leave if our Constitutional Rights bother you.

    • Searcher

      You were, till the liberal progressives took over, and look where we are now. Name another country that is “civilized” by your definition. As long as you are just wishing, why don’t you wish everyone was an upper middle class sane person with your value set. And good luck.

      • Jake Witmer

        socialists =/= “liberals”
        socialists call themselves liberals in this country, because we let them get away with it. STOP! Correct them in public when they misidentify themselves, for the benefit of the kids.

    • Joe Molinaro


  • Brad

    TX is actually pretty anti-gun right now. Concealed carry only and it is very expensive. Open carry of a modern handgun is illegal. Only long gun open carry and black powder revolver pre 1899. If OC is passed it’ll be more friendly but right now it isn’t as great as people think.

    • Zabilde

      Amen, until TX changes the law on open carry it belongs much lower, Idaho came in at 30 and should be ranked better than TX.

    • Craig

      CHL is not that expensive in Texas, if you afford an SR-15 then you can easily afford a Texas CHL. There is a a time and place open carry. But openly carrying an AR-15 into the establishment have done more harm to 2A cause.. You don’t need to open carry any hand gun or any other to an establishment. Concealed carry is a better way to go.

      • Hal Jordan

        “You don’t need to open carry any hand gun or any other to an establishment.” Thank you Mayor Bloomberg for informing us which rights we “don’t need” to exercise.

      • TexanCountryGirl

        I agree with you!! The f****** class has been made 4 hours (down from 8-10), and it costs about $40. If that’s not easy as pie then you are living in an alternate universe!!

        • Jake Witmer

          It’s not the cost, it’s the principle of the thing. If it costs $1, then it’s a PRIVILEGE. If it costs nothing, it’s a RIGHT. Penniless human beings also have rights, but they cannot afford to pay for PRIVILEGES.

  • Pistol Packing Peach

    YAY, Georgia got 3rd but when the new laws take effect on July 1st, it should shoot up to 1st.

  • Mark

    I think Kansas should rank towards the top of all the states in the Union.

  • Mark

    I think it is great that Kansas is in the top 10. Now if we can just get some gun manufacturers to move here.

  • StoutCortez

    Maryland should be in the bottom 4. It’s just as bad as New Jersey, and much worse than Connecticut.

  • David Cox

    I thought my home state of Oklahoma would be higher than six. But still in top 10.

    • Michael Adams

      Big improvement over last year, Oklahoma was ranked #30. I think top ten is about right for Oklahoma.

  • soljerblue

    Alabama should rank higher than 12. We’re open carry, shall issue, and our 2A rights have been expanded steadily in the last two legislative sessions. They were good before, but they’re better now. Remington thought we were gun-friendly enough to decide to relocate 2,000 jobs here, and consolidate other functions here that were actually taken from some southern staes. I think we’re doing better than Florida, given their sheriffs’ opposition to carry during ordered evacuations, not to mention the hatchet job done by the prosecution on George Zimmerman..

  • ChristCrusader

    VA allows open carry in bars while consuming alcohol.
    Va allows conceal carry with CHP in bars, but no consumption of alcohol while doing so.
    They also allow private sales and transfers without government involvemement.
    Seems like VA should have been further up the list.
    Many of GA’s new liberties were already in practice in VA.

  • Rob

    Hawaii’s section is not totally accurate. We don’t need to register ammo and the state can’t confiscate in a disaster. Otherr than that….Hawaii still sucks for gun lovers.

  • ARMY1971

    Moving from NY state where the only people that have hand weapons are the police and the peeps in the hood. To Florida, can finally as a Viet Nam Vet, worked and paid taxes for 45 years, never been arrested will be able to own my first hand weapon and carry it concealed.

    • CFCP Patriots

      You must be from New York City?..good for you for getting out of this Sate!!…(I hope to be one of those to leave also in the near future!) However, if you venture to upstate, you will find that obtaining a concealed carry permit is possible (and fairly easy) for…..hand weapons?….I assume you mean handguns….NOW…we need to get the SAFE Act repealed so we can once again enjoy our Semi-Automatic Sporting Rifles!!!…If the voters in Upstate could come to the realization that New York City CAN be defeated at the polls, Then the STATE of New York might have a chance! I have had my Concealed Carry Permit for 25 years in Upstate…..I can carry in any County in the State except NYC…unfortunately it’s just a piece of paper there….If Voters in the City would stop electing Communists, they might be able their lives according to the Constitution.

  • Raconteur Duck

    Virginia is ranked behind NC & SC?? BS flag on that one. Try open carry in those two states and you’ll be face down. They are getting better but no where near VA.

    • Corndog

      I open carry all over North Carolina and have never been hassled by police.

      • Raconteur Duck

        My mistake and apologies. But NC is still not as open as VA. With permits to buy a pistol and the limits of where of you can carry in NC, VA is still better. Between the GRNC and VCDL, both states have come a long way in restoring our citizens rights of armed self defense. You are a member of GRNC, yes??

        • MrApple

          I am.

  • Johnny Revenant

    Texas up from 15 last year to 14 this year.

  • Avatar

    I am from CT, and there are some faults in your facts. Unregistered “MSAs” are a felony; Mags however are a misdemeanor for the first offense. Also, suppressors are legal; the issue lies in obtaining a threaded barrel on a pistol or “assault rifle” unless you had it prior to the law. They are totally legal on say, a bolt-action of any caliber; for the time being…

  • Zed

    1/4 of the state of Arizona is Indian land. Try taking your guns there and get back to me when you get out of jail.

    • bedizzle

      Depends on the rez. Most you can buy hunting permits on. Pull your head outta your assistance before you flap your gums next time.

      • justsayin’

        bedazzle, you must be a hellofa tall drink of water to be able to CC a Remington 700. Zed and the rest of us are talking about handguns.

        • Uuuuussjs

          I have my handgun on the res all the time. I work on the res and take to the range they have here to shoot, with the res cops doing there qualms and they don’t care.

          • Jake Witmer

            The way I see it, the cops don’t USUALLY enforce MOST laws that are on the books. They save all kinds of laws for:
            1) Didn’t like your attitude
            2) Suspected I’d be able to steal your property for another offense, if we could only separate you from your vehicle and impound it, then search it at our liesure
            3) Was bigoted against your
            —bumper sticker
            —hair length
            —other possible indication of nonconformity
            —lack of civility
            —lack of servility
            4) you look poor enough to victimize without putting up much of a defense
            5) Out of state plates

            Now, in a free country, none of the above would be possible, or tolerated for one instant.

            But America isn’t a free country, and hasn’t been for a long time. Cops, judges, prosecutors, and other government bureaucrats are first class citizens, and we’re all second class citizens.

            The laws against unmarried heterosexual cohabitation are still on the books, but they don’t get enforced. Why not? I thought all the laws were supposed to be enforced evenly? Sorry! That’s a lie they teach in the government youth propaganda camps.

            The truth is this: now that the government is no longer following the constitution, the laws are designed simply to parasitize (to prey upon for narrow material gain) those who dissent, disagree, and dislike the rising U.S. police state.

            Although most of the time (if you’re the same race as the people in the local majority), the police won’t harass you, they will if you resist, or fail to comply with their idiotic henpecking, unconstitutional questioning, detainment, and harassment. …And they might just destroy your personal property to “teach you a lesson.”

            I guarantee there are at least a few idiots on this thread who think it’s OK for the government to ban scary private property, …so long as that means “drugs” and not “guns.” …And that’s how government grows large enough to take every last penny of saved wealth from your kids, via inflation. (…Minus what they need to feed themselves and pay Big Pharma, as they tread water on the great big Federal Reserve Plantation that used to be America.)

            So, the long and short of it is this: Look up the local laws. They’ve been abused against someone, somewhere, or they wouldn’t exist. If you’re OK with that, sit back and wait for them to be used against YOU.

  • Christa Corey

    I live in Vermont and the gun laws are not restrictive, anything but a silencer. But they are being discussed so they may be legal soon. Concealed carry is legal also.

    • Jake Witmer

      Heaven forfend you wouldn’t want to damage your hearing while getting in adequate practice. Beg for your property rights, slaves!

  • Steve

    This ranking is a joke. Maine has some of the least gun control laws in the nation and we ranked thirty-two? Do some actual research next time, guys, instead of just randomly throwing numbered darts at a state map. We have virtually every pro-gun law listed in the article, more than some of the states that were listed higher than us. Total incompetence here.

    • Lobotomite


  • jknollwood

    I moved from The Peoples Republic of California to Texas last year, best thing I’ve ever done.

  • Ariel Weber

    Why did Colorado score so poorly on the MSR category?

  • johnsxj

    G&A needs to do a bit more research! I’ll agree that MA isn’t the most firearms friendly state but some of your information is flat out wrong. Yes you need a firearms license. Shall issue for “low capacity” longarms, may issue for handguns/concealed carry/pre-fed AWB “high capacity” handgun/longarms (may issue is hit or miss depending on which town you live in). But you DO NOT need to get a purchase permit before buying a firearm with the proper license. The only restriction on airguns is showing I.D. that you’re over 18.

    • JaimeIslandGuy

      johnsxj, I see you post a lot on rolling stone. You obviously don’t understand the basics of firearms law. “May issue” vs “shall issue” for concealed carry licenses and does not apply to long guns.
      And you do need a purchase permit/license in Ma

      • johnsxj

        Jaime, I am familiar enough with MASSACHUSETTS firearms laws and my post was accurate for how the laws were in Massachusetts at the time I originally posted.

        At that time MA offered three different licenses for owning firearms… A “Class A” license allowed a person to carry concealed handguns and own high capacity magazines (over 10 rounds) for both handgun and long arms along with what the State considered “assault weapons” provided the high cap magazines and “assault weapons” were manufactured before the Federal ban of the ’90s went into effect.
        A “Class B” license allowed a person to own a low capacity handgun (not for carry) along with high cap rifle mags and “assault weapons” as above.
        A “Class C” license allowed a person to own low capacity rifles and shotguns but not handguns.

        Pellet/BB guns are not classified as firearms to purchase and only require proof of age to buy.

        Class A and Class B licenses were “May Issue” where the Chief of Police or their designated agent in the city or town that a person was applying for a license could deny the application for ANY reason. It would then be up to the person that was denied a license to file an appeal at their own expense.
        The Class C license was “Shall Issue” where the applicant must be given the license unless there was a true legal disqualification.

        Once a person was issued a Class A, B, or C license they could purchase firearms under whichever category their license covered WITHOUT any further permits required. Unlike some other states such as New Jersey where once a person is properly licensed they then have to get a separate permit each time to purchase a firearm that is valid for a short period of time.

        Recently Massachusetts revised the firearms license laws. They no longer issue Class B licenses and Class C licenses are now “May Issue” but the Chief of Police or their agent must provide valid proof to the courts as to why a person would be denied a Class C license.

  • LongRider

    I did not see Guns and Ammo credit Washington state:
    Legalizing the of use suppressors
    State’s long standing law that the state must reimburse all legal fees
    to anyone charged in a shooting who subsequently proves self defense.
    State preemption, that others states are credited with.
    That Washington State is home to The Second Amendment Foundation definitely has worked to our benefit.

    • Jamal22

      Good law. I like!

  • MrApple

    #19 and getting better all the time.

  • Blu Clw

    The worse part of guns in Arizona. Trying to spell out molon labe in cactus.

  • midnight_Pony

    WOW NH #25 and with the state slogan Live Free Or Die

  • Jordan Knoll

    I’ve been wanting to mOve to Arizona for far to long get that constitutional carry. I live in Kansas and Missouri. My only dislike is having to have a permit to conceal but you can open carry a little but you will be looked down on for it.

  • TexanCountryGirl

    Texas should be a lot higher than 14!!!
    Not sure what they mean by only being allowed to buy a long gun in contingent states… I worked at the largest gun store in Central Texas, with over 6,000 guns on the floor alone. We sold shotguns, rifles, and AKs. No issues. We even sold to a lot of troopers those very guns.
    Texas should be in the top 5!! Just listen to how many in that video thought it was the main place to carry!!!

    • Justin

      Texas needs to move DOWN the list.

  • Mark Hillard

    Love Kentucky

  • M Clarks

    Pretty sure Alaska is actually supposed to be #1 Constitutional carry same as Arizona, has been for longer. And does not have 1/4 state with guns ban, just the land stolen by feds.

    • Jake Witmer

      …More than the entire territory of AZ, BTW.

  • Everyday Gunner

    I really like the grading categories they use. As someone who’s lived in NY, PA, CA, and NM now, I’m not sure why the NM right-to-carry is barely a 5. Permit-less open carry seems like it should put NM over the many states that are carry with permit only in that category.

  • Ken Wells

    The main reason all states should have open carry, is because its hard to CC with larger caliber weapons..also a criminal will always think twice before doing a crime when he gets that visual of a .45 1911 etc on a fellas hip…my opinion !

    • Jake Witmer

      but those same criminals won’t fear a woman enough to avoid raping her. …Which is why unrestricted CCW is the best for everyone: so the rapists don’t know who’s carrying and who isn’t.

      It’s also best because the 2nd Amendment says “shall not be infringed” …and allowing some peckerhead cop to question you about what property you’re carrying certainly counts as an “infringement” to me.

  • Phillip McGregor

    Unrestricted open carry, shall issue concealed carry, strongest castle law in the country, no NFA restrictions, and Mississippi gets 18th?

  • TheCommodore

    The information this list has for Massachusetts couldn’t be more wrong. Its not the greatest state to own in but Its a hell of a lot more lenient than the list makes it out to be. Almost all the cities in the state give out Class A unrestricted licenses without any problems. These licences allow you to use any size magazine. Yes there are a lot of restrictions but we are not worse than Commiefornia.

  • Lobotomite

    Maine should be much higher on the list. Open carry for rifles and handguns, shall issue concealed carry permits, no restrictions on mag sizes, no restrictions on NFA items. No reason it shouldn’t be ahead of Texas where open carry isn’t even allowed.

  • Guest

    There is no way Louisiana is #27 !!!… Over 170,000 Louisiana residents have a legal permit to conceal carry a handgun, that doesn’t include the ones that don’t have a conceal carry permit… Your vehicle is an extension of your home here in Louisiana so you don’t need a permit to carry in your vehicle…

  • Roger Shirley

    I am not exactly certain how Guns and Ammo came up with these rankings, but it seems to me a state such as Ohio that only has a magazine restriction of 30 rounds should be ranked higher than a state with registration of any kind, such as Michigan and Pennsylvania. Both of these states require hand gun registration, seems to me these states should be at the bottom of the list.

  • Bob Smiton

    These stats certainly seem to be skewed pretty terribly. Vermont right to carry 9? There is no permits required for open or concealed carry and Florida is ranked better than VT? Right… Carry only if you are fishing… I am guessing VT lost a point for carry due to other states not granting VT residents reciprocity but that is not an issue with VT but an issue with the other states. VT allows reciprocity from all states that allow carry.

  • Rob

    I don’t understand how Idaho ranked so low. It’s more gun-friendly here than in Oregon!

  • Joseph from NM

    NM is certainly better than 35. We have open carry without any permit, you can have loaded handguns or long guns in any vehicle without a permit, we may not have a plethora of official ranges however you can bet there is an unofficial range on the massive tracts of public land throughout the state for every sizable city and little burg on top of cities many having at least a basic shooting range, no significant restrictions of NFA items, no restrictions on magazine capacity or any other weapons features. We have no firearms registration of any kind, and our state laws on self defense aren’t weak.

    I live less than an hour drive from Texas, and the laws over there are more restrictive than New Mexico’s. In twenty years I can see all the California transplants eroding our rights where as in Texas i doubt that will happen, but as of today we have Texas beat.

  • Jr Dugal

    I moved from Brooklyn New York to Dallas Texas, best move ever but come on Texas we need to be in the top 5 at least. I’m grateful tho cause in Brooklyn you can’t even look at a gun or ammo because they don’t exist legally lol.

    • Jake Witmer

      When you decide to organize in Texas, give me a call, and we can make it happen. Until Texas grows a pair of balls, they can claim all the freedom they want and it won’t make it true… “Don’t mess with (the police state of) Texas” …indeed. No state has a less deserved reputation for being a strong and independent republic.

  • KellyKAFIR

    Correction on WA state: Concealed carry permit costs $55 last I checked.

  • easy peazey

    Ohio has a no retreat law , inside or outside

  • Coaster

    NYC to Las Vegas (22) thats hitting the jackpot LOL

  • Charles_C

    I can’t see how North Carolina is 19th and behind South Carolina which is not an open carry state and North Carolina is. As a matter of fact their are a few states that I question about the position they were placed in.

  • Paul

    Ohio now lets you use suppressors, if you have theproper paper work, and this coming deer season they will let you use long guns but only those that use straight walls, think 45, 44 and such

  • akbrother

    You need to update the list. Iowa is not a shall issue state, and it is not up to the local yocal’s to issue carry permits. Just go and do a firearms safety course and the go to the local sheriffs office with your copy and pay the cash and get your carry permit in about seven working day’s.

  • Charles_C

    I find this list suspicious North Carolina is a open carry without a permit state but yet it’s 19 behind restrictive states like Texas South Carolina and Georgia

  • Trey Knight

    Well I’m moving from Cali too, this anti gun BS is getting out of hand over here. But where am I moving exactly? Well, a magical island called the philippines, where you can own pretty much any full auto gun you can imagine, legally, on the cheap. I’m moving this summer, I can’t wait!

  • Dominic Delia

    What a crock this thing is! Vermont pushed to #17? We have almost a total absence of gun laws and that’s how the State ranks? Lower than some states with a Permit law? What a crock!

  • Mac

    Report is wrong about TN. The legislation that failed was to allow carry in all municipal parks (with permit), not state parks, which have been legal to carry in for some years now.

    It has been legal by default to carry in city/county parks for years now also, but that statute also allows them to opt out and ban carry, with appropriate postings, if they choose. The failed bill would have disallowed them to do that.

  • Rich

    You guys seem to be getting too wrapped-up on open carry in the rankings: that’s one segment of one category in the rankings.

    • Jake Witmer

      I strongly agree. Who wants to keep the cops informed they’re carrying when the goons in government can pass a new law, and ruin your life for doing so, one day when you leave the house as usual? It’s best if the rapists in and out of government don’t know who’s armed.

  • army vet

    Screwed in Connecticut, and its getting worse,stand in line and shut your mouth
    Or else!

  • Joseph Weeditz

    From Illinois to Utah ! Are you kidding me ?

  • TonyO

    As a resident of Minnesota, G&A’s ranking of MN seems low to me. So the state has imperfect gun laws, but they could be a whole lot worse for a state as liberal as MN is. Most residents have a pretty good attitude towards guns, considering the huge hunting culture that exists here. Also, seeing as Minnesota is a “shall-issue” state for carry permits and purchase permits, they could’ve given a couple more points each for both the R2C and MSR categories, and maybe one more point for NFA since suppressors are the only NFA items not allowed in MN.

  • vet4freedom

    i couldnt find South Carolina

  • Jamal22

    I disagree with Idaho being 30. They should be ranked lower on the list. Also, you only listed 50 states; Obama says there are 57.

    • Charles_C

      I also agree with you the rankings of the state doesn’t seem right.
      North Carolina is ranked behind states that do not allow you to open carry without a permit. North Carolina you don’t need a permit to open carry.

  • Laron Woods

    Georgia made some great strides this last spring. That said, Utah is the only state that unequivocally allows concealed carry in all schools from elementary up through college campuses. Campus police started arresting concealed carriers for “disorderly conduct” since they couldn’t do anything about concealed carry. This spring, the state legislature took care of that little matter, making it illegal to arrest based only on concealed carry. Utah is really the best state for concealed carry and sporting weapons except for the two Constitutional Carry states of Alaska and Arizona. Maybe you all missed something here. Georgia is definitely right up there. I think UT edges them out a bit.

  • Jake Witmer

    Alaska should be #1. The unrestricted carry legislation in AK uses all licensing of permits for state reciprocity. No permit is needed inside of AK. This is better than VT, which has never had any gun law, because one should be free to travel under the Bill of Rights.

  • Jake Witmer

    Arizona has terrible laws that allow police to pull anyone over, at any time, which they do. It has a terrible police culture. It also preys disproportionately on the large immigrant population, treating them as sub-humans. This is grotesque, and anti-freedom, and Alaska doesn’t have the same problem, to the same degree. (All US States are now de jure totalitarian, but not all of them have the same culture of servility among the citizenry.)

    • Lance

      I have lived in AZ for 29 years and I’m not too sure what your talking about. I get pulled over maybe once every 3 years or so. It has never been for nothing and the police here don’t even flinch when they see a pistol siting on your passenger seat. Heck they don’t even want to see it “just leave it where it is” is what I have been told. Illegal immigrants are a HUGE problem here and are responsible for a large chunk of the crime. Hince the show me your papers law. You try living two hours from the border then come tell me how illegals should have more rights here.

      • Jake Witmer

        I’ve lived over a year in AZ, and during that time lived in Flagstaff, Yuma, Tucson, and Phoenix. During that time I placed the AZ LP on the ballot. I talked to over 300 people per day, and it gradually came out that the police mostly enforce the anti-gun laws against immigrants, since all the anti-property laws are enforced against voting minorities, since they are the people who lack the political connections to unseat an elected official, and can be attacked with impunity. The police themselves even admitted this.

        The illegal immigrants’ status as illegals is what causes the crime, idiot. Show me the “cause of action” inherent in immigration. Prohibition causes over 90% of the rest of the crime. …Traveling shouldn’t be considered a crime.

        Nobody ever said anyone should have “more rights” than anyone else. If you admit that they now have fewer rights, it’s an indictment of your own shallow political view.

        Do a youtube search for “checkpoint USA” if you want an education in how idiotic and misguided Arizona’s police state is.

        The Soviet Union also traded real freedom for false “security,” and their parks were safe at night. Of course, the citizenry all lived in fear of the “above the law” KGB, waiting to be “disappeared” at night. …And that’s what all these idiotic “Tea Party” “RINOs” want for the USA, too.

        Wake up, before it’s too late.

        • Heartland Patriot

          Hey, dimbulb, if you let everyone from Mexico, Central and South America to come to the USA, there soon will not be a USA. They will elect a good “patron” like their home countries and then ALL of your freedoms will be gone…unless you are VERY rich…that’s the way it works south of the border.

          • Jake Witmer

            I’m not the dimbulb in this conversation. But you’re right. …We need an American version of the Berlin Wall to keep everyone happy and free. (Net immigration has been zero the last few years. It’s more to keep tax chattel like yourselves in than keep any “threat” out. And how much of a threat are Mexicans? A threat to who? Noone. They want to contribute to our economy, and feed their families.)

            Also: It’s immoral and anti-American to deny anyone the right to access a free(r) market, and the freedom to travel and associate freely.

            Your stupid and short-sighted bigotry is identical to that of the gun grabbing idiots on this board.

            It wasn’t illegal immigrants (guilty of no “corpus delicti”) who voted in the welfare/warfare state. It was uneducated (mostly) white trash Americans.

            Now, I agree with you that immigrants who use the government youth propaganda camps, government emergency rooms, and other welfare systems are a burden on the system. …But they’re nowhere near the burden on the system as the flood of white trash being squatted out into the American welfare state by bona-fide U.S. citizens each year.

            In a free country, a man doesn’t have to begrudge his neighbor his ten kids, because in a free country, a person who doesn’t have kids DOESN’T HAVE TO PAY FOR THEM.

            Wipe your own ass before you complain about the stink.

      • Jake Witmer

        I’m less than 2 hours from the border right now. I’ve spent a ton of time in AZ, too. You’re just one more person who can’t put a consistent concept of individual freedom together.

        So long as there is any group of people that you believe can be treated as “guilty until proven innocent,” you stand in opposition to the basic concept of America, and are easily manipulated by elected sociopaths. You’re part of the problem until you start viewing all human beings as equal under the law.

        IF there is evidence of someone initiating force against another person, THEN (AND ONLY THEN) is there a “cause of action” (a reason for the police to get involved in the situation). Until that point, there is no justification for any kind of police involvement.

        “Illegals” are human beings under the common law. They have all the same rights that other innocent people have. Whether those rights will be violated by un-American idiots is quite another matter.

  • pete

    Maryland’s laws are even worse than stated. Firearms are only allowed to travel to, and from certain areas, ie. gun dealer, ranges, residences, hunting areas, and dog training event/show, and must be unloaded.California residents can buy more types of long guns than we can, here.A whole list of long guns are banned from transfer, or purchase, the so called assault weapons, except certain Hbar ar-15 rifles that must conform to more regulations, as well.Right to carry is really copletely gone.The court’s ruling was overturned, but the Gansler, our attorney gen. has issued stay on the current law reguarding handgun permit issue.Magazine transfer, or purchase is limitted to 10 rounds, not possession.I am only here for my job, but, I am actively seeking a job in Virginia, now.

  • CraxyD

    Ohio is #36… That sucks.

  • Luke Greenia

    I don’t know how they came to the conclusion that VT should rank 17th, but they might want to rethink that one. VT is one of the very rare states where you don’t need to bother yourself with that nuisance hand gun permit. and open and concealed carry is permitted …. But VT ranks 17 .. yeah right.

  • josh mays

    Kentucky #5 I’ve never been in trouble for carrying my fire arm, I don’t have a concealed permit either, I love this state.

    • Jake Witmer

      …Be careful! Laws that are selectively enforce don’t hurt anyone until they’re enforced. …Which they generally are.

  • William Kotila

    Your rating of South Dakota stated that our state restricts or regulates the sale of long guns to residents of other states. This is incorrect. Our only restriction of long gun sales to non-South Dakotans is a result of Federal law – which requires our dealers to honor restrictions placed by other states on THEIR residents. Thus we may not sell, over the counter, to persons unfortunate (or stupid) enough to live in California. To residents of other states we can sell long guns over the counter.

    • Jake Witmer

      Then disobey the unjust law…

  • Big Al

    Michigan ranked 28th which is about right in the middle of obama’s 57 states.

  • Cassie

    Now I hate that I live in Ohio. I’m moving to Arizona.

  • Guest

    Hoist on their own petard…

  • Jake Witmer

    Hoist them on their own petard…

  • Kit Bolton

    You guys have almost all of your information about Minnesota incorrect. There is no 7 day waiting period. A permit to purchase or a CCW is required to purchase a handgun or MSR. Any time waiting is dictated by the ATF during the processing of their form, maximum of 3 days.

  • William Glanz

    Up here in Alaska We have open carry and the State has a Law that to Fly in the bush you will also have a long Gun.I carry two pistols, one open and one Hid,

  • Gov Knows

    I was surprised Arizona was the best, first thing that came to mind was the shooting of the Congress woman and how all this turmoil that happened afterwards. I’m happy with the outcome and she’s doing better but didn’t they threaten to ban all handguns? I’m from New Mexico and hunted here all my life and never paid much attention to gun laws?

    • Nio Walters

      The libs and former congresswoman giffords did try to raise a ruckus but the citizens of this great state let them know that they need to go to hell in a big handbasket. Giffords has been trying to push Ron Barber for her seat against McSally but people are pointing out the hypocrisy involved. Giffords and her husband both own guns but feel only the elite should have them.
      As to shooting places, I feel sorry for those that live in states where there is no place to go shooting. Where I live, there is a large ranch bordering on BLM land. The ranch owner just wants shooters to clean up when they are done and not shoot any of his cattle. Shooters in this area are polite on both counts so we have large areas available to go out, put up a target, and have a good time. GOD blessed us with AZ and we shooters love it.

  • gottahaveruger

    I am a lifelong Texas resident and I don’t think that Texas is that gun friendly due to our relative lack of places to shoot. The Texas governor and legislature puts the needs of corporations before our citizens and there is a definite lack of suitable places to shoot. I live in a west Texas county that has a range that only law enforcement can use. Citizens look for caliche pits and hope that they don’t get run off while shooting. We regularly travel the western states and, due to the abundance of public property in other western states relative to my own, I find friendlier places to shoot in New Mexico or Colorado. In Texas, you can own all of the guns that you care to own, but unless one owns a large tract of property, a resident may have to one day settle for shooting in the living room.

  • EXFDNY44

    The sad part is that NY is such a beatiful state; it’s really a sportsman paradise. However, with the help of the media, the radical lefists have taken over, they control the vote. I have ZERO representaion in Albany, Congress or the White House. In NYC they give condoms and hypodermic needles to children, but if a kid brought an issue of G&A to school he’d be denounced and suspended. It’s almost time for me to move onto friendlier pastures; Arizona or Utah look pretty good to me. It’s already to late for NY, don’t let these corrupt politicians and their co-conspirators in the media do it to you!

    • Jake Witmer

      The entire nation of America is full of gorgeous territory, and abundant natural resources.

      …It also has a damned bad case of parasitic socialist bureaucrats (the worst kind).

    • Fred Domini

      Come on over to PA brother, especially in the northern tier of the State. We love our hunters here!

  • John Henry

    Last year we moved from Colorado to Montana. Colorado’s governor and liberal house and senate pushing more restrictive gun laws and then legalizing marijuana was enough to drive me over the fence and move. Just to you know I was born and raised in Colorado. In fact I am a 7 generation Coloradoan and probably more but that is as far back as I could trace. Liberial outsiders are ruining what Colorado use to be.

    • Jake Witmer

      Those senators paid the price, and will continue to pay. Any laws against any private property are abominable. Only an idiot thinks that the same tactics used against drug users won’t be used against gun owners. All private property rights need to be protected, not just those you happen to personally use. They divide and conquer us.

      You need to read “How Drug Laws Hurt Gun Owners” by John Ross.

  • Evonne Ryan

    Citizens Armory Mexico Mo. Is having a 2nd Amendment Rally July 19th phone 573-582-1288. 1110 Market Drive. Mexico Mo. Raffling off several fire arms. Food music vendors come join us

  • Evonne Ryan

    United We Stand

    • Jake Witmer


  • Rodt23

    I have a gun safe that is full shotguns and rifles that I hunt all over the world with. I have more ammo than time or game to hunt. I have handguns that I keep in my home. Nobody has come for my guns and I live in California. I don’t want to see everyone with a pulse walking down the street or in my school or church or the mall or the diner that I eat lunch with a gun in his wasteband. The NRA is an agent for gunmakers, not me. I cannot support the way they push for any nut to own anything that goes “BANG”. I would not feel safer knowing that every person, mentally or emotionally stable or not is carrying a gun. Too many innocent people die because too many guns are in the hands of people who exercise their “right” with little regard for the responsibility that goes along with that right. I love human life more than a piece of metal and wood. This is the opinion of a Vietnam vet who owns guns and uses them legally. I carried an M16 in Vietnam because that was a war zone and I was a warrior.

    • Ravi32

      Rodt23, you have prior posts on disqus saying “all gun owners are paranoids” and claiming an AR-15 can be made “fully automatic weapon by filing the firing pin down. You claim to have carried an m-16 and dont even have the slightest idea how one works?

      It is clear your have never been near a firearm. And your false claim of being a veteran makes you lower than a worm.

      And if you bother to look, the equivalent demographic same region states with MORE gun owners, more gun carriers have LESS crime and less murder.

      You are just another crank who has never been near a fiearm, knows none of the facts or data (you posted on CNN “gun murder is up, when it is HALF of levels 20 year ago) and has to resort to disgusting claims to being a vet when you so clearly are not.

      You posting history is public and you are a liar and a f00l.

  • fr33zy

    Wow really? Minnesota is 39th? JUST behind NYC and all the cesspools? Are you kidding me? There is no waiting period for any rifles or handguns here! And there is no laws governing private sales. There are two types of permits you can get here. A Permit to Purchase is free except for in Minneapolis counties (which are awful) and are good for one year, you need to be 21 and have a clean record and you can buy whatever you want. If you are over 18 you just need to show driver’s license and you can buy any rifle or shotgun, but you need to be 21 to buy handguns with a PTP, and sadly “military style rifles” are considered pistols. Carry permits are 10-15$ and good for 3 years. You also need to be 21 to buy handgun ammo though, which kind of stinks

    The only things outright banned in this state are Short Barrel Shotguns and silencers, and this legislative session MN gun rights groups are pushing hard, and probably going to win a ruling legalizing them. I honestly think our gun rights are better than Wisconsin’s. We were a “shall issue” state long before Wisconsin, and they have a 2 day waiting period for all guns. I just walked into my gun store last week and bought a Swedish Mauser and was out the door in 25 minutes.

    Yeah lots of moronic liberals live here, but they tend to stay in Minneapolis, up state we are pretty good folks. And even though we are a blue state, all our elected officials realize over half the state hunts and when NY tried to pass the SAFE act, gun owners marched preemtively in the thousands on St. Paul to stop any possible legislation.

    Realistically we should be in the mid twenties, maybe even in the teens.

  • Biased for Texas?

    Why was Mississippi ranked #18 when Texas was #14? In addition to “shall issue” CCW, castle doctrine, your vehicle being an extension of your home regarding firearms, and a very pro-firearms conservative state government (legislature and governor), Mississippi also has open carry which Texas doesn’t have. So in effect, Mississippi has everything that Texas has regarding firearms freedom and then some, but for some reason MS is ranked lower by 4 in this poll. I agree that TX is a nice state, but I think sometimes the hype doesn’t meet the reality there regarding firearms.

  • SageRange

    Members of my gun club and I are fortunate enough to live in a county of California where CCWs are “shall issue!”

  • NameNotGiven

    This list concentrates on factors that maybe irrelevant to some.
    Look at DC vs Mass.
    In DC if you don’t have a minor at home you can legally have a loaded handgun on your nightstand. In Mass, even if you have no children, you have to keep a gun locked up.
    In DC if you decide you want to own a handgun, you order online to be sent to the DC FFL and you will have it in 10 days, 12 at most.
    In Maryland or NJ it will, in reality, be several months (see their local handgun forums for testament to actual wait times of two to five months before foid issuance) before you have your gun.
    About 20 times more handgun models are legal in DC than in Mass or California.
    And gunsandAmmo makes much of DC issuing no carry licenses. Really? Would you rather live in state that has “may issue”,never have committed a crime, be able to undertake and pass any training, and still be refused because their may issue is “no issue” in reality?
    Those of us who know firearms and gun violence issues know all these laws are BS and an attack on the constitution. But these rankings are crazy and based on a limited set of factors

  • Tony

    I’m confused as to how Montana got a 7 for carry/conceal considering in the states largest city, Billings, it is legal for a 14 year old to open carry…

  • Jean Aker

    While Maryland is not a good place for gun owners, whoever wrote this got much of it wrong. Handguns are regulated, but there is no gun registration. Private sale of firearms is still legal without going through an FFL. There are other errors, but these come to mind.

  • Kurt Maske

    I moved from Georgia to Wisconsin…my license cost $45 and all I needed was my Georgia license. Wisconsin ranks 26th…as businesses can prohibit concealed carry in there stores…One being Harbor Freight, so I just don’t shop there.

  • Justin

    Virginia is ranked way too low. It’s undeniably one of the best gun states in the country – certainly much better than the always overrated Texas

  • Pete Roberto

    ny to AL love it

  • MikeRios

    I’m quite amazed how many people said that Texas was one of the better States but we are not allowed open carry in Texas. As far as I’m concerned if a state denies its citizens the right to open carry it is at best a mediocre gun rights state. Also, in Texas if you use a firearm in self defense your firearm is confiscated and given to the Dept. of Public Safety. I know this because I had a shooting with some burglars that broke into my house. They took my Taurus and it took me a year and a half and my local Senator to get it back. No due process. There is not even a law that requires the seizure of a weapon used for self defense. The police told me it’s just a “rule” that they have when I asked for the statute that required them to take my gun.

    Though Texas has some measure of firearm freedom I grew up in Arizona. Open carry has always been the law there and when I came to Texas I was frankly shocked that you could go to jail for carrying a gun other than for hunting. It is still that way. They finally passed a law that allows us to carry a firearm in our vehicles but even that law is up to the discretion of the cop that has pulled you over. It would be nice if Texas looked at Arizona’s great law for private ownership and possession of guns. There is a state that believes in its law abiding citizens.

  • F15TSGT

    AZ is #1 among the 50 states for gun rights! But we need to keep a vigilance because the Democrats are on a campaign to turn AZ and TX blue. When that happens they will destroy the gun rights. Never trust them!

    • Jake Witmer

      Very little difference between D & R these days. They both hate and fear capitalism and freedom.

  • FredC1968

    The lack of onerous firearms laws combined with the lack of snow make central and southern Arizona great places to live.

    I live in Tucson. This is where the lefties are often armed. Most local businesses don’t have the unarmed victim zone sign. Most businesses that prohibit carry on their premisses aren’t based here.

    • Jake Witmer

      Let’s change that from “aren’t based here” to “go out of business in 2 weeks here.” LOL

  • JennerL

    I wonder if the strict regulations in Hawaii are an off-shoot of the Japanese regulations since Hawaii has a large Japanese population. I’ve been researching gun laws in Japan. It’s darn near impossible to even own a rifle there. Ammo is categorized and stored separately from your weapon. And the local police come through your house to check that you’re upholding the law at least twice a year. Handguns are illegal.

    The irony? A lot of Japanese come to Hawaii to fire handguns at ranges that cater to tourists. :-)

  • John Beach Hubbard

    We used to think that Maine was one of the best places to live in terms of gun ownership. Perhaps that is not so. It is ranked #32 in this survey. There are people in this state who work tirelessly to restrict gun ownership and the general pollitical climate is ultra-liberal. The state has changed immensely in the past 30 years, going from a solid Republican stronghold to a Democratic Party paradise. If you can call that a paradise.

    • Jake Witmer

      No, I can’t.

  • Rihard C.

    What I find hard to understand is that Arizona is virtually ignored by the firearms manufacturers who’re running from the states with strict unconstitutional anti firearms laws. We can carry either openly or concealed with no CCW. Personally I don’t approve of the latter but it really proves that we believe in the Second Amendment

    • Jake Witmer

      Why don’t you approve of the latter? “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”

  • David Walsh

    But what Stat is #1?

    • Jake Witmer

      AK, VT, WY, AZ are all similar. AZ appears to be the best (for gun rights alone) at the moment. WY, AZ, AK does reciprocity with the money paid for their permit, VT offers little/no reciprocity.

  • gkar

    I think WI should have placed higher. We have state preemption, shall issue, open carry without a license. Some of the local municipalities aren’t up to speed on the state preemption issues, but we are making progress.

  • An American

    This nation is heading toward a big logistics divide between the Free States and the Godless Socialist Liberal States. Time is close to where everyone is going to have to make a decision on which side they want to live. And that’s fine. If you are a Godless Socialist Liberal then there will be a place for you like Kalifornia or New York and if you are a student of the Constitution and honor the God given rights protected under that Constitution, then there will be Free States for you to thrive in. Then ley everyone sit back and see which states grow and thrive. I’ll guarantee you that it will mirror what we see today with all these Godless Socialist Liberal cities going bankrupt while Free Cities in Free States are thriving.

    • Shirley

      I could not agree more. We have already made our move to a less hostile, more free to personal freedoms state. We packed up and left Cal for Texas. First thing we noticed was the massive amount of our income that was not raped and taken by the state like is was in Cal. We now literally have thousands of dollars more a year to spend in the people’s market that we are living in, ie. Texas. No wonder California is going bankrupt.

      Viva Free States!

    • Jake Witmer

      …Belief in imaginary gods only compounds the problems of servility and conformity to immoral authority. There is no god, the government is corrupted and authoritarian. Think for yourself, and ally yourself with people who cannot be misdirected by a preacher with a primitive book. Virtually all religious people serve the state, they cannot imagine total human accountability.

  • Onion

    Come on out to Washington state. SHALL issue, open carry, state preemption so locals can’t pass more restrictive laws. Jump through very minor hoops for concealed carry. None for open.

  • Don Snider

    Washington DC is not a state

  • solidspine

    What happened to Texas? I unfortunately live in California and I hate it!!!!!

    I ignore the gun laws, you can buy anything you want from a SouthSider, but the laws in California make it impossible to accomplish anything legally.

    I did purchase an HK 45 legally 10 years ago, that gun like 20 other guns has been confiscated by California, cops, even my Winchester 22 that was given to me in the 60’s by my grandfather was confiscated.

    • Heartland Patriot

      What police entity confiscated your guns? What was the reason given?

  • John

    I live in Georgia, the most gun friendly state in the south. I am originally from England where the British people have all but lost their right to bear arms. Britain is a lot like what JennerL was saying about Japan, where police can come and inspect gun cabinets for those that have/want a “firearm certificate”. Also many weapons are banned, such as handguns. It is so bad, the Olympic shooting team had to practice in France because their guns were illegal. Also, a trend with many liberal democrat state are copying from England is this notion that people must justify with “a good reason” why they want a firearm permit. This goes squarely against the second amendment, which says “shall not be infringed”. Here is a reason: “Kiss my ass, it is my God given right”.

  • chancesx

    I haven’t even watched the video yet but thank the Lord I live in the Great state of Arizona. We get to enjoy our God given Constitutional rights here and I’ll be darned if I would ever abrogate them! The 2nd amendment is the “hub” on which all the other amendments gain their strength. It has NOTHING to do with self protection but rather (as Jefferson wrote) to stay a tyrannical government. This being said by a former LEO (me) hailing from the once great state of NY (NYPD). And PLEASE don’t try to hang these infringements on your local constabulary. A recent poll showed that over 90% of police officers favor arming the law abiding public. Most even went so far as to say that they would not execute any laws established to further regulate an armed citizenry! Well, I’m gonna go clean my 7mm Rem mag now. Bye.

  • wpmjr

    I am surprised SC is as high as it is. They do not reciprocate with other states CC.

  • Sarah Levin

    The author of this article ought to register a handgun in NJ and one in DC and learn the absurdity of claiming DC is worst.

    • Jake Witmer

      NJ is “governed” by a socialist “Republican” who knows that the NRA has his back no matter how much of a Democrat socialist he governs like. The NRA will never advocate voting Libertarian. So Christie’s police state gets away with murder. …So many of the most egregious anti-gun offenses have come from NJ, …the police state is safe there, with that silly sociopathic mountain of blubber making remarks that “the libertarian wing” of the Republican Party is “dangerous.” …More dangerous than a totalitarian governor made of Krispy Kremes?

      We all need Chris Christie to keep us safe from ourselves. …Right.

      • Dan Paul

        In the case of NJ the NRA supported Christie because he was less objectionable than the F- rated Corzine.

        • JaimeIslandGuy

          And the NRA was correct to support Christie. Political realities and keeping the Democrats from removing all gun rights are why I am a member of the NRA.

  • Gordon Kemp

    How exactly does Texas rank higher than NH in “right to carry” when you can open carry in NH without a permit and it’s not even allowed WITH a permit in TX? Furthermore, the CCW process in NH is so much better than TX. It’s a $10 piece of paper issued by your local PD, and they only have 14 days by law to process it, as opposed to the much more involved state-level process in TX.

    How does NH not get a 10 in the NFA category when they don’t restrict it at all?

    This whole ranking reflects typical stereotypes more than actual laws on the books. I’d like to see this redone with more of an objective approach.

  • Bob Zaleski

    I am in Arizona Numero Uno. Best thing ever happened to me is we left Chicago Illinois when I was 10 yrs old. Oh BTW I am now 75 yrs old.

  • Gerry Hall

    Do you ever get the idea that our government, especially Obama and his Democrats, don’t want us to defend ourselves against the Muslim terriorists that are trying to kill us. We all need guns to protect our families from these extremists. If you are afraid of guns, it’s not the gun, but the person in charge of that weapon. You have a choice, be killed by the Muslim extremist with their weapons, especially knives (they want to slice your head off), or be prepared, learn to use a gun to protect yourselves.
    This is our right under our laws. We have the right to protect ourselves and our families. REMEMBER THAT RIGHT.

  • c shields

    Once you get out of the 10 worst States, you’re pretty much home free. This article compares what is mostly very minor among the top 40. States that make a buyer wait or pay a fee to do a background check on a new firearm (such as VA) should be put closer to the bottom in my opinion.

  • DesertLion

    The Ohio narrative contains an error WRT duty to retreat – There is a duty to retreat outside your home, even on your own property. The only places where the duty to retreat is waived is in your residence (not even on-property outbuildings) or in a family-owned vehicle. Although the plain text of the law does seem to indicate that the duty is waived in any residence where you have a right to be (i.e., are there legally as owner or renter, or with permission of owner or renter), the only case law ruled that it must be your residence or the duty to retreat still applies.

  • Michael

    NH is only #25? We have no Knife Laws, no restrictions on NFA-regulated firearms, $10 for a concealed pistol license (good for at least four years) and came within striking distance of passing Constitutional Carry twice in as many years. Also, no prohibited areas except “areas used by the court”. What a joke.

  • Vance

    I live in Louisiana & this is a bogus ranking. I travel outside of Louisiana a frequently and despite ranking system Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North & South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee who all ranked above Louisiana are much less friendly to firearms or bearers.

  • Icyou

    Well happily my state is at least in the top ten, just barely. I feel bad for those in not so free states, but encourage them to keep fighting and keep trying, not too move. The 2nd amendment should not end at imaginary lines on a map.

  • Bob Howe

    I guess none of these people have looked at Vermont gun laws. We’re the best on gun laws ;)

  • Chris

    I’m not sure about the accuracy of the comment about Texas’ restriction on the purchase on long arms in non-contiguous states because I am from Texas, my driver’s license was (and is) issued by Texas, and I was able to purchase a deer rifle in Mississippi from a hunting store without any problems.

  • carry one

    If the law is not constitutional, then its not a law is it .

  • NMcharlie

    I am always somewhat bewildered by the rather low rating that New Mexico customarily receives in these rankings. I will confess that our state does have some technical problems with regard to self defense law in that although the actual law on the books is quite generous – even allowing lethal defense of property in some cases, the courts here generally ignore much of the written law in preference to “case law” often times deferring to California case law (officially CALCRIM) when there is no New Mexico case law to cite. That said, as a practical matter if you are clearly defending your life or that of another clearly innocent person from death or great bodily harm, you are unlikely to encounter a problem *except* it is possible for a civil suit even in the case where you are absolved of any criminal charge. Most county and state law enforcement are are sympathetic towards civilian use of firearms for self defense. In fact the county sheriffs of every county in the state let it be known of their displeasure against so called “universal background checks”, magazine limitations, semi-auto restrictions and the like when the feeding frenzy following Newtown was going on.

    As far as firearms possession or procurement is concerned there is little problem. A resident cannot purchase a handgun in another state though long guns can be purchased in contiguous states. No state background check is required for purchase of any firearm or ammunition – only the NICS check is conducted for gun purchases. Vehicle carry of a loaded handgun is legal whether or not you have any kind of concealed carry permit. The gun may be carried anywhere in the vehicle – glove box, console box, under the seat, in the seat, in a purse – anywhere. Open carry is unrestricted and is not all that infrequently seen, particularly in rural areas and small towns which constitutes the vast majority of the state. No magazine, SBR or other such limitations are imposed. No state restriction on Class III weapons. Strong state preemption law prevents localities from overriding the state firearm laws. The state recognizes CC permits from most other states and issues permits to residents only on a “shall issue” basis. Based on restrictions I have seen in other states (e.g. Ohio) that rank better than New Mexico, I am very happy to live in New Mexico. (Not to pick on Ohio – just using it as one of several possible examples.)

  • Ron

    I am moving to Arizona from California. I have a felony (Pandering) in 1970.
    Nothing other then that. Can I buy a gun in Arizona

  • MrApple

    #19 ain’t bad but we in NC can do better.

  • Fred Domini

    I am surprised PA scored a relatively low 31. We are a “blue” State but our firearms laws are pretty relaxed. Most of our laws are common sense type stuff, not so much as limitations or prohibitions.

    In PA (at least in Lancaster County) It costs $20 and takes 15 minutes to get a Permit to Carry Firearms. It actually takes more time to fill out the two pages of the application than it does for the Sheriff’s office to go through the Insta-Check process. They photograph you and print your (plastic like a credit card) permit right then and there. In 15 minutes you walk out with your permit.

    No “assault weapons” bans or restrictions, and no magazine limitations. No restrictions on ammunition types either.

    We can own silencers/suppressors and SBRs (with the proper Federal paperwork and tax stamps of course)

    There are no laws prohibiting open carry (except Philthadelphia AFAIK) , here in PA.

  • Russel aka ‘Rusty’ Shackleford

    How the hell did Texas and Florida rank better than states like WV and VA where Open Carry of Handguns is fully legal?

  • Alex Wyman

    i would like to amend what the thing said about colordo… although th law they had up is what we have, its still in the proscess of being ruled unconstitutional, every ourt is upholding it so that it goes to our state supreme court, noone wants to make a ruling on it so theyt keep defering it

  • Guest

    I kept reading, and didn’t see any rankings :( Do I really have to watch the video, or can you just put the results in the article that says it contains the results?

  • m4foru

    I manged to move out of Cal.To Oregon 12 years ago. Oregon is still a free state for now. Easy concealed Carry even in your kids school. SBR,Machine guns, Are good to go. We have mostly Federal law.

  • rocquedog

    Az. has a low crime rate and we support our law enf. here. You don’t see us protesting against them like you do in Calif., Mo., NY, etc. Our sheriffs are true patriots and care about their citizens. We have hereos like Shrfs. Babeu, Dever, Arpaio, Dannells, Mack, Allred, etc., etc. that stand up against the fed. juggernaut and not cowtow to them.

  • BajaRon

    I moved from California to Tennessee. A bit of culture shock to overcome but I’m very glad to be here! Frankly, I’m surprised they let me in! ;-)

  • Mark Rayburn

    I’d like to see a comparison between this chart and each state’s crime statistics–armed robbery, home invasions, murders by firearm, etc.

  • Mort Leith

    I LOVE Georgia…..

    I wish we could start a law that says that NOBODY can move here from the NE without signing a Sworn statement that they will NEVER vote LibT ard again if they move here…

    SO many Yankee liberals have moved to Savannah and other parts of GA that continue to vote st00p1d liberal here,, and THAT is how they ruin GREAT States like ours….
    We need a sign at the State Line…..

    • Space Cowboy

      Sounds like a Commie idea, Pudbert.


    Glad to see my FL was at least in the top 10. With a GOP Gov., State House & Sen. (both of which just elected bigger GOP majorities) we will continue to support the 2nd amendment. Just ask Trayvon, LOL.

  • Lui

    True, I kept on looking for the rundown list and low and behold I have to go with the dog and pony show to see it. Pretty accurate though but not completely, maybe posters from the different states can ad a cent or two to the discussion, heres mine.
    I don’t know about the other states, but this is what I know about Hawaii which was ranked at 49. Is about right but whatever. You can own just about anything in Hawaii except full auto. The 10 round mag limit is for hand guns only, rifles are basically unlimited as far as magazine capacity. The rule of thumb is if the magazine in a rifle has a hand gun with the same caliber you’re stuck with a 10 round magazine. I don’t know why, but even though there is an AK pistol, they haven’t limited 7.62×39 magazines to 10 rounds, but don’t tell them. I think it’s because the cops who run the firearms section wont tell the bureaucrats about it because most are gun rights advocates. Gun ownership in general though is easy if you don’t mind the 2 week waiting period, and the cost of the permit to acquire is a one time 16 dollar fee, and no cost every time there after. Also a permit to purchase a long gun is good for a year and you can buy as many as you want, but you have to renew it each year. But carrying your rifle around with you unless on the way home from a range or place of repair or on the way to a range or place of repair, is a no no you would violate Hawaii’s place to keep laws. You also can only keep them at your place of business or place of Sojourn (home). Though if you are not ex law enforcement you need to take a gun course which costs about a $100. As far as conceal carry is concerned Hawaii is at the bottom. Until the federal law allowing retired LEO’s to conceal carry, no private citizen got a CC Permit, period. The laws were on the books, with the final approval from the chief of police which he has never given. With the federal law though, retired LEO’s can carry after complying with their procedures which include a medical exam, mostly vision, and an annual firearms qualification which costs about a $100 bucks each time. You can carry anything from a 25 to a 45 but have to qualify with each gun you carry. Just FYI.

  • johnnydow

    It makes me sad that the once great state of Colorado has been overrun by so many socialist, A-hole, liberals that the anti gun laws have passed. There has been backlash and hopefully that will continue.

  • OldPatriot32

    I moved from Idaho to Calif. Big difference; I bought handguns over the counter with no wait or background check in Idaho; just an Idaho drivers license. California’s the opposite, thanks to liberal hacks in Sacramento & the Bay Area. However, some county Sheriffs have eased requirements for carry permits, due to the prevalence of gang shooting in various cities. Still have that 10-day wait for delivery, though, with attached background check.

  • Arizona Don

    I have read nearly all the posts here on this topic and have but one question, why do so many people live in those progressive democratic controlled states that prevent people from providing their own self protection? Self protection is a God given right however, if they can get rid of God, getting rid of guns should be a snap.

    The facts happen to be we here in Arizona (the number one gun friendly state according to this report) have always been able to open carry. That has been true since before we became a state in 1912. We were also the last territory to become a state in the continental 48. However, a few years ago because of our extreme illegal alien (mostly Mexican, which we tried to do something about and was sued by obama) problem we were becoming the kidnaping and car jacking capital of north America. Some of you may actually remember that. That did not make many Arizonans very happy. So we did something about that. Consequently, a concealed carry law was passed and signed into law without question by our governor making it legal to carry concealed under the second amendment “without” a permit of any kind. Frankly, I believe, that is the way it should be everywhere.

    An important factor not considered when this topic is discussed by other states when considering such a law or laws allowing concealed carry with or without a permit is every year since that law was passed crime, all crimes, have reduced in number here in Arizona. Yes you read that right every year and all crime!

    The records prove the states and cities with the most restrictive gun law have the highest crime rates. It seems something could be learned from that. However, for some reason the progressive democrats cannot see that or perhaps refuse to see that. The problem is progressives do not listen to or pay attention to facts or records that do not tend to prove “their” point of view. Why can’t we “all” see that? Or can we?

    Most American people know no one can protect them better then themselves. Oh sure everyone has heard all the clichés, like when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. They are of course all true. But progressives do not think so. Progressives think for some unknown reason they can outlaw guns and everyone will be safe. Consider what history proves to be true. When guns are outlawed government(s) murder their citizens. That’s right the government becomes the bully, not the criminal or the mentally ill kid attacking a school. It’s the government! Governments, dozens of them, outlawed and confiscated all the guns in the twentieth century. Those same governments also murdered somewhere between 170 to 250 million or more of their own citizens because they had no means of resisting. Some for as little as wearing glasses or speaking English.

    It is fact if guns are outlawed here in the United States of America our constitution will be done away with and we will become a dictatorship in less than a year.

    Think about this. Restrictive gun laws have been in place since 1927 during prohibition and the later depression (thanks to Hoover and Roosevelt) when so many outlaws roamed the country like pretty boy Floyd, machine gun Kelly and Bonnie and Clyde. The people demanded something be done and restricting guns seemed to be an acceptable answer, except it didn’t work. But nothing done to date has curtailed those criminals or their crimes. Because no one will listen to reason once again proving it is impossible to reason with an unreasonable person!

  • “Robb” Roberts

    HEY, what about Mississippi. We have a Castle Doctrine, a Stand your Ground law, and we have OPEN carry, along with a Shall Issue concealed carry. We’re behind on everything else, but give us credit where due.

  • Little Bright Feather

    Hate to tell y’all this but DC Federal rules/laws or whatever they want to call them – are only enforceable IN THE DC BORDERS – NOT in the States ! DC cannot make ANY laws over the states ! DC was never intended to be the “RULER” over the states – the states are who have the power NOT DC ! And NO GUN LAWS ARE CONSTITUTIONAL ! Permits of any kind is TREASON ! The only permit or law you need is in the Constitution [2nd Amendment] and anything that changes, adds or changes one word of that is TREASON ! So every sate that has any kind of a “Permit or registration” is committing TREASON against the people and the Constituent ! The Founders ORDERED us to carry our weapons everywhere we went and so did Jesus Christ (Luke 22:36). The Law of the Land is the Constitution – no one can make a law that goes against it, or those so-called ‘laws’ are null and void and of no force !
    Remind your state legislatures that have any kind of permits for anything are guilty of Treason and Treason only has one penalty = death by hanging. THAT should wake them up !

  • Bill Tilghman

    Living in a liberal overrun state I was surprised to find it was in the middle of the rankings. Apparently this place really isn’t a leftist paradise yet. I was raised in a state that is still in the top ten best for gun rights, and it shows no signs of turning liberal any time soon. Meanwhile, I will continue to aggravate and thwart the liberals here as often and in as many ways possible that I can. This is a mission. A college professor here recently published her hatred for Republicans in the newspaper. She is apparently not afraid to let her freak flag fly, and those of us she despises now know who she is and how she operates. Thanks for the heads up, professor Susan J. Douglas.

  • James D

    I live in NJ, and it just sucks. Growing up here used to be pretty good where I was, now even the once rural areas are infested with city people and their whining, and the crime has followed them. Pretty soon the whole state is going to look like Newark.

  • patrick

    JY Kelly from what i’ve heard Mc-lame isn’t going to be supported by the state rep. party in Az. And Az. IS the best state for gun ownership!!

  • SFCWizard77

    Has anyone here ever heard of US Public Law 87-297 or Department of State Publication 7277?

    These were signed into law in September of 1961 and are collectively referred to as “The Freedom From War Acts”

    Essentially- in a nut shell- president John F. Kennedy ABOLISHED the armed forces of the United States and laid the groundwork to disarm the American public at the end of a 50 year, three tiered plan.

    That’s all I’m going to say. I have read the actual law as it is posted in the 22 USC at my main library. These laws are not a joke- they are really on the books and our commie loving government is following them to the letter.

    ALL of the restrictive, 2nd amendment infringing gun laws and gun control BS you see today are a DIRECT result of these freaking laws that have been kept from the public purview for decades!

    For GOD’s sake research it, get angry and then SPEAK OUT. DEMAND from your senators and congressmen that these laws be repealed in their entirety and that our military be restored to a full status capable of defending America again- before it is too late.

    In HIS name,
    SFC, USA, Retired

  • cmjay

    Contrary to Gun Control advocates, the so called Best States for Gun owners don’t have as much Crime rate compared to the Bloomberg list.

  • Joshua Thomas

    Idaho should have come in the top ten. Oregon can should go to lower 30’s. The only concealed carry permit they recognize is their own and getting an Oregon permit requires you to go to a court house. This is not ease for truck driver not to many semi parking spots next to a court house.



  • Barrettinsight

    Generally speaking….Americans have to be pushed far into a corner before they come out swinging. But when they do, I’d be looking for a place to hide if I pissed them off. I love Americans that are not afraid to tell it the way it is. Washington DC is nothing but a bus stop waiting for a Greyhound arrival. They give nothing but take everything and we as Americans let them [ House , Senate, President ] get away with it. I’d say the way American are buying weapons to defend themselves, Washington and the Media should wake up and take notice. We’re tired of your sh$%.

  • Fact

    This article is riddled with bad information! Thanks for trying to show how crappy it is to live in a non freedom loving state; but spewing garbage like this is just shameful. You can LEGALLY buy a 30 round mag AND a brand new AR15 in Massachusetts TODAY.

  • Steve Gib

    Being from northern Nevada, I’d like to say that while I understand that Clark county tries to ruin our rep in the rest of the state, Nevada, in my opinion should be a bit higher on this list for two reasons: First, There is a state law that saws that if you are found not guilty of a crime ( Say you have to use your fire arm in self defense and are found not guilty of any crime for dong so) that you cannot be taken to civil court for that same matter. (Meaning that the bad guy or his family can’t try to sue you afterwards.) Most states don’t have this protection. And Second, Effective Oct 1, 2007 is legislation that prohibits counties/cities/towns from enacting ordinances more restrictive than state law. The legislature reserves for itself the right to legislate firearms law. AND it’s retroactive!!! Meaning that while Cark county still enforces their more restrictive laws, they have no legal right to do so. There have been various cases where , while time consuming and expensive, the accused have been triumphant against the illegal laws of Clark County. With a little work, and pressure from the rest of the Great State of Nevada, eventually Clark county will join the rest of the state in firearms freedom.

  • montanandontplay

    Montana has some relaxed laws. This is a shall issue state and a constitutional open carry law. There is a law which allows for the use of deadly force to protect ones home. There is also no registration laws either.

  • Joe

    I have lived on NC and the rating is too gracious – the ability to purchase a pistol is not just tedious it is restrictive. Your rating system is biased – how else did a state with such a restriction make it above the likes of Nevada and Virginia – both much gun owner friendly.

  • Christopher Broome

    How in the world did Alabama top Mississippi G&A you need to do a little better research on the laws. In Alabama a Sheriff can limit where you can carry on your concealed carry license since the license are controlled by county vs. issued by the State in Mississippi. Mississippi is an open carry state as well and in Alabama you have to have a carry permit just to have a loaded firearm in your vehicle. Mississippi allows loaded firearms in a vehicle without a permit. Mississippi also has an enhance carry permit which expands the number of places allowed to carry. I just don’t understand the logic.

  • Grythnur

    I think maine deserves to be higher. It takes less than an hour to buy a gun, you can buy every accessory in the book, and your free to “defend your castle” as long as you feel your life or the lives of others are in danger.

  • DoKnowHarm

    your information on Hawaii is inaccurate, I’m a gun Owning citizen of the Aloha state. We do not have to register Ammo, I can walk into sports authority and buy a box of 5.56 with cash (at slightly higher prices than you luck mainlanders) with My ID to prove I’m of age and walk out. no fuss. We can have RIFLE magazines over 10 rounds. We cannot have PISTOL magazines over 10 rounds, or magazines that work with a pistol… so glock 33 rounders for your Just right carbine are Kapu (that’s Hawaiian for “forbidden” btw.) AR, UZI, Ruger charger, and AK pistols are banned by design features as “assault pistols”, so AR, AK, 10/22 and UZI full cap magazines are legal – because the pistols that can use them are banned in this state. we don’t use bullet buttons or any of that crap – you can have an AR with all the bells and whistles and a drop free 30 mag in it – no problem at all. Yes, your purchase process is a bit of a pain – you need to apply for a “permit to acquire” a long gun (the permit takes 2 weeks to go through while they do a backround check – and first time applicants need to be fingerprinted (this costs 15 dollars) the permit is good for 1 year and you can buy as many long guns as you want during that 1 year period and you take them home day of purchase. hand guns are slightly more restrictive as your permit will apply for the specific gun make/model/serial # that you wish to get.

  • New York

    If any of you ever noticed, all those bogus rules, regulations and cryptic codes under color of law only pertain to “persons”, not men, women or even people. Additionally, none of you ever looked at the real definition of United States either, have you.

    The term “United States” may be used in any one of several senses. [1] It may be merely the name of a sovereign* occupying the position analogous to that of other sovereigns in the family of nations. [2] It may designate the territory over which the sovereignty of the United States** extends, or [3] it may be the collective name of the states*** which are united by and under the Constitution.

    [Hooven & Allison Co. v. Evatt, 324 U.S. 652 (1945)]

    [brackets, numbers and emphasis added]

    Anyone who let’s a “servant” and I stress the term servant; tell the sovereign people including you what to do are idiots. Additionally, you muffins think you pay for anything? With what? Worthless securities of the United States? 26USC165(g) With notes designed to discharge debts and never pay them? 48STAT112. How about everyone who gives you a receipt that shows a payment after receiving those notes for illegal conversion? Just pointing out how ignorant people really are in the general public.

  • Protondecay123

    Arkansas got a raw deal on this list. A CCW permit in Arkansas precludes a NICS check for a purchase. Also if you have a valid permit from any state it is recognized here. Placing us behind Michigan which requires a permit to purchase a handgun is ridiculous.

  • shah9775

    I think Arizona and Georgia are the best places for hunters to be and it provides a lot of encouragement to hunters that they can perform hunting activities without actually having a permit which makes these states the best to sell covert trail cameras. Hunting and shooting games aside, allowing people to possess guns without a permit can also increase crime rates as more people use guns to commit street crimes and atrocities.

  • ARsRGood

    Please make a new list :) Ohio should have moved up from #36 with the passing of HB234 last fall. No longer is the 30 round magazine considered an “automatic” weapon, and state preemption prohibits any municipal laws from additional regulations (since as was cited for Cincinnati)

  • Bryan

    This list was informative and I appreciate the time and effort that went into making it.
    With that said, it didn’t read like a “50-1 countdown”, but more like a 50 state overview. The reason is much of the rankings: (low 40s-top 5ish.)…seemed to be completely at random, with no consistent weight applied to the laws in determining rank. I live in New Hampshire, and seeing it at 25 with state above it with more restrictions didn’t make sense to me. You should definitely have factored in NH’s very lenient laws on shooting a firearm. It’s legal to shoot anywhere as long as your “15 ft from the road, and 300ft away from a permanently occupied dwelling”. Open carry here with no issues. And being pulled over with your firearm never causes issues with police Officers, they respect citizens right to carry unlike other state where they shoot children with bee bee guns.

  • Dracon1201

    Note: As of yesterday, Ohio’s law on magazines was officially DEAD. It went into effect yesterday. Now I can use my 40 rd mags.

  • gram1404

    I feel Tennessee should be way higher and by next year I have no doubt they will be.

  • Lamont Cranston

    I’ve lived in Commiefornia all of my life and it hasn’t always been an anti-gun state. Years ago you could go to the gun shop, buy a gun and a box of ammo and go shooting that day. Then the demorats brought in the 10 day waiting period before you could take home a gun purchase. Now everything here is illegal here but illegals. Its always the demorats that are anti-gun and there’s a reason for that. The democraptic party is the political arm of the ACP the American Communist Party. G. Soros bought the democraptic party years ago for $300,000,000 through his and his goal is the complete takeover of this country. Guns are merely the tip of the iceberg you can’t get people to get in the box car without a gun in their back. “One man with a gun can control 100 people” V. Lenin Moving here or there is not going make any difference at all………

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