Special Report

Easiest States to Buy a Gun

Quail Hunt, Alabama
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1. Alabama
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun?:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun?: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 30.6 (6th highest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 24.5 (18th highest)

Hunting gear, Alaska
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2. Alaska
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: No
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 22.6 (11th highest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 47.0 (the highest)

Hunting, Arkansas
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3. Arkansas
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 28.9 (8th highest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 31.6 (8th highest)

Hunting, Colorado
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4. Colorado
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 17.4 (23rd highest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 18.3 (20th lowest)

Dover, Delaware 2
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5. Delaware
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 5.6 (3rd lowest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 14.4 (15th lowest)