Easiest States to Buy a Gun

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Montpelier, Vermont
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31. Vermont
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: No
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 8.3 (8th lowest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 25.9 (17th highest)

Stonewall Jackson statue, Lexington, Virginia
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32. Virginia
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 41.5 (3rd highest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 23.0 (21st highest)

Olympia, Washington
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33. Washington
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 12.5 (16th lowest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 16.2 (17th lowest)

West Virginia Bridge
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34. West Virginia
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 16.0 (22nd lowest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 40.6 (4th highest)

Madison, Wisconsin
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35. Wisconsin
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 11.2 (11th lowest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 22.9 (22nd highest)

Hunters, Wyoming
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36. Wyoming
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: No
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 278.2 (the highest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 43.1 (2nd highest)