Special Report

Easiest States to Buy a Gun

Lexington, Kentucky
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11. Kentucky
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 18.7 (19th highest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 27.9 (10th highest)

Canons, Louisiana
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12. Louisiana
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 22.8 (10th highest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 20.8 (24th lowest)

Augusta, Maine
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13. Maine
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: No
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 11.7 (13th lowest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 24.2 (19th highest)

Vicksburg Bridge, Mississippi
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14. Mississippi
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 10.7 (10th lowest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 26.7 (13th highest)

St. Louis, Missouri
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15. Missouri
> License, registration, or permit required to buy gun:
No
> Permit needed to carry handgun: Yes
> Registered guns per 1,000 adults: 12.5 (15th lowest)
> Federal firearm licensees per 1,000 establishments: 35.3 (5th highest)