Some U.S. states are more gun ownership friendly than others. For example, Arizona, Kentucky and Georgia encourage gun ownership and shooting sports are very popular within these states. Other states, such as New York, Connecticut and California have continually fought individuals via legislation to restrict the purchase and possession of firearms.
To determine what states were and were not gun ownership friendly, states were ranked based on the following categories:
- Right-to-Carry – Each state’s laws were analyzed based on whether individuals were permitted to carry handguns, albeit it openly or concealed. This also included if individuals could carry with or without permits. Any restrictive state laws that prohibited carrying in certain establishments, such as banks, restaurants and parks, were analyzed. A perfect score were states such as Wyoming and Arizona, which allowed permitless carry, but also included “shall issue” permits for reciprocal permit states.
- Sporting Rifles – Scores were also based on municipalities that had restrictions on semiautomatic firearms that were not regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934, otherwise known as the NFA. These restrictions analyze the magazine capacity, including bans on required registrations, cosmetic features, including pistol grips, bayonet lugs and folding buttstocks.
- NFA – Suppressors, machine guns, short-barreled rifles and shotguns can be legally owned in certain states. Other states restrict these items or require complicated paperwork. States were assessed according to those that did not restrict ownership or require Chief Law Enforcement Officers to sign licensing documents.
- Castle Doctrine – States that allow the use of force to prevent death and promoted self-defense are given high scores. Any states that restricted citizen’s rights to bear arms for self-defense purposes are given the lowest scores.
- Miscellaneous – This final category included several different constitutional provisions, including percentage of gun ownership, state firearm law preemption, shooting range protection statues, state constitutional provisions, availability of ranges and access to shooting sports, including hunting.
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