Special Report

Easiest States to Buy a Gun

Thomas C. Frohlich, Steven M. Peters

Hunter, Hunting, Montana
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16. Montana
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 16.0 (25th highest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 42.2 (3rd highest)

Shooting clay pigeons, Nevada
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17. Nevada
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 29.4 (7th highest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 22.8 (23rd highest)

Concord, New Hampshire
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18. New Hampshire
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 21.8 (14th highest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 31.9 (7th highest)

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
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19. New Mexico
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 56.3 (2nd highest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 26.5 (15th highest)

Hunting, Hunter and dog, North Dakota
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20. North Dakota
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 14.2 (19th lowest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 26.8 (12th highest)