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This Is How Many Gun Stores There Are in New York

There are over 393 million guns in circulation in the U.S., according to estimates from the Small Arms Survey, far outnumbering the national population of 327 million. In the United States – the only country in the world home to more civilian-owned guns than people – guns are big business.

While the appropriate balance between gun rights and public safety is a hot button political issue, the economics of the firearm industry are less controversial. According to The Firearm Industry Trade Association, guns and ammunition had a total economic impact of over $70.5 billion in 2021 – generating over a billion dollars in tax revenue and providing hundreds of thousands of jobs.

According to data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, there were 1,785 federally licensed dealers or pawn brokers of firearms in New York as of January 2022, or 9.1 for every 100,000 people – the sixth fewest among states.

The concentration of gun stores reflects current demand for firearms in the state, as New York ranks in the bottom half for both measures, adjusting for population. FBI firearm background check data, which is a close proxy for firearm sales, shows that an estimated 221,579 guns were sold in New York in the first half of 2022, or 1,135 for every 100,000 people, the third fewest among states.

 

Rank State Gun stores per 100,000 people Total store Count Gun sales per 100,000 people, 1st half of 2022 Total gun sales, 1st half of 2022
1 Wyoming 97.4 566 6,050 35,169
2 Montana 87.0 924 6,645 70,552
3 Alaska 70.3 518 5,395 39,759
4 North Dakota 62.1 472 4,699 35,732
5 South Dakota 57.7 507 4,750 41,772
6 Idaho 47.7 837 6,811 119,491
7 West Virginia 47.7 862 5,120 92,541
8 Vermont 46.1 288 3,555 22,197
9 Iowa 39.4 1,241 4,059 127,848
10 Arkansas 38.5 1,159 3,762 113,314
11 Nebraska 35.7 686 1,991 38,309
12 Kansas 35.4 1,032 3,266 95,135
13 Maine 35.4 474 4,011 53,787
14 Missouri 33.4 2,044 4,268 261,399
15 Oklahoma 33.3 1,316 4,566 180,342
16 Kentucky 30.3 1,352 46,948 2,094,787
17 Oregon 30.1 1,258 4,813 201,022
18 Mississippi 29.7 887 4,515 134,642
19 Colorado 28.7 1,634 4,689 266,553
20 New Hampshire 28.0 380 4,871 66,013
21 New Mexico 25.9 544 4,116 86,322
22 Utah 24.6 776 16,069 506,367
23 Minnesota 24.2 1,356 8,188 458,568
24 Wisconsin 24.0 1,396 5,448 316,376
25 Louisiana 23.6 1,103 3,647 170,127
26 Alabama 22.5 1,101 7,645 374,096
27 North Carolina 21.3 2,216 3,052 316,997
28 Texas 21.0 6,013 2,989 855,905
29 Tennessee 20.7 1,404 6,205 420,199
30 Indiana 20.6 1,379 9,338 625,360
31 South Carolina 20.4 1,041 4,121 209,843
32 Arizona 20.4 1,463 3,814 273,584
33 Michigan 19.8 1,976 4,041 403,011
34 Pennsylvania 19.5 2,501 4,842 619,530
35 Ohio 18.9 2,206 2,886 336,981
36 Virginia 18.8 1,596 3,278 278,978
37 Georgia 17.5 1,836 2,874 302,270
38 Nevada 15.9 481 2,663 80,710
39 Washington 14.0 1,050 5,315 399,258
40 Delaware 13.6 132 3,576 34,602
41 Florida 13.4 2,847 3,529 748,659
42 Connecticut 12.0 430 3,536 126,268
43 Illinois 10.4 1,324 16,234 2,064,400
44 Maryland 9.2 556 1,894 114,372
45 New York 9.1 1,785 1,135 221,579
46 Rhode Island 7.0 74 1,433 15,157
47 Hawaii 6.7 95 642 9,116
48 California 4.8 1,903 1,758 691,718
49 Massachusetts 4.7 326 1,651 113,472
50 New Jersey 3.5 311 914 81,209

 

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