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G&A Ranks the Best States for Gun Owners in 2013
Guns and Ammo ^ | Mar. 14, 2013 | James Tarr

Posted on 03/18/2013 3:07:18 PM PDT by EXCH54FE

It’s becoming more difficult for gun owners across the country to find safe haven, as the powers that be on both federal and state levels begin introducing a quagmire of anti-gun legislation hindering the rights of law-abiding citizens. States like Illinois are notorious for their anti-gun agendas, states like Texas are viewed as a shooters’ paradise.

To provide you, dear reader, with a primer of gun-friendly regions of the United States, we’ve analyzed all 50 states—and Washington, D.C.—and ranked them to find out which are the most pro-gun.

States can score a maximum 10 points per category, with a perfect score of 50. Full disclosure, though: No state attained that perfect score, though two states came awfully close. As was expected, Washington, D.C., kicked off our list with a whopping zero points, and other anti-gun Meccas such as New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California weren’t far behind.

States were measured on gun rights/friendliness to gun owners by the following criteria: •CCW/Open Carry: Only states that don’t require a permit for concealed or open carry scored a perfect 10 in this category. •MSRs: States with no restrictions on the kind, type or number of modern sporting rifles (ARs, AKs, etc.) that can be owned or purchased scored a 10 in this category. •Class 3/NFA: The majority of states allow their citizens to own Class 3/NFA-type firearms (machine guns, suppressors, short-barreled rifles, etc.), provided they follow the federal licensing standard, but not every state is yea or nay. •Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground: States’ scores were determined based on how strong your the law is regarding self-defense in and out of the home, and whether in the right you’re immune from civil prosecution. •Miscellaneous: How pro-gun the state culture is has a lot to do with scoring in this category.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment
Topping our list of pro-gun states were Arizona, Vermont, Alaska, Utah and Kentucky. Click through the gallery below to see where your state ranked.
1 posted on 03/18/2013 3:07:18 PM PDT by EXCH54FE
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Can’t read the article because it’s blocked at work.

2 posted on 03/18/2013 3:10:43 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

‘The majority of states allow their citizens to own’

This is the entirely incorrect perspective from G&A. This should read something like ‘some states prohibit citizens from owning...’

The States aren’t supposed to be ‘allowing’ us our rights.

3 posted on 03/18/2013 3:12:13 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

G and A ? didn’t they have some faux “second is fer huntin” fakir on their editorial board.

Seems like some editor needs to go to remedial constitutional law.

4 posted on 03/18/2013 3:14:40 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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To: AlmaKing

What’s your state constitution say?

5 posted on 03/18/2013 3:15:11 PM PDT by muawiyah
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If Indiana weren’t “mated” with the scummy southeastern portion of Illinois, this state would be much closer to #1 on the list...oh how I so wish we could excise this metastasizing tumor from the NW portion of Indiana...

6 posted on 03/18/2013 3:17:04 PM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly (Dim Logic: "Let me vote Democrat. Hey, I got screwed! Let me vote Democrat. Hey, I got screwed!")
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hold on read this from a recent fox news article about the new Guns and Ammo owner

Employees of Obama donor Leo Hindery Jr.’s media conglomerate Intermedia Partners, which now owns most of the top gun-culture media outlets in the country, believe that Hindery plans to gut and destroy all of them as part of a business plan that has already led to numerous layoffs and the virtual shuttering of prominent television production facilities in Minnesota and Montana.

Hindery, who was in consideration to be President Barack Obama’s secretary of commerce, is managing partner of Intermedia Partners. The New York-based media private equity fund owns Intermedia Outdoor Holdings, which publishes 17 hunting, fishing, and shooting magazines, including Guns & Ammo, Handguns, Gun Dog, Rifle Shooter and Shooting Times.

InterMedia Outdoor Holdings purchased the pro-gun hunting and fishing network the Sportsman Channel in 2007, and is now in the process of acquiring the Outdoor Channel, pending the federal government’s approval of last month’s merger between InterMedia Outdoors and Outdoor Channel Holdings.

InterMedia employees believe that Hindery, a Huffington Post blogger who has contributed to numerous Democratic politicians including Andrew Cuomo and Elizabeth Warren, is in the process of consolidating all of America’s leading gun-culture media outlets and stripping them down to virtual destruction.

7 posted on 03/18/2013 3:18:43 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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Arizona per The Guns & Ammo Network is nomber 1.

8 posted on 03/18/2013 3:21:41 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: muawiyah

Arizona Constitution: Article 2, Section 26

“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the State shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men.”


9 posted on 03/18/2013 3:23:33 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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NC made 19- just above average. This was a nice part of the Missouri entry:

“A new bill was just introduced in the Missouri state legislature that would send lawmakers who introduce anti-gun legislation to prison, a week after a group of Democrats from St. Louis introduced an Assault Weapons Ban—which will get nowhere in the Republican-controlled state house.”

We need laws like that in every state and at the federal level....

10 posted on 03/18/2013 3:24:55 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: AlmaKing

6. Wyoming
CCW/Open Carry: 10
MSRs: 10
Class 3/NFA: 10
Castle Doctrine: 7
Miscellaneous: 10
Wyoming residents can carry concealed or open, and Wyoming recognizes CCWs from 33 states. The state has Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws for inside the home, but the law does not excuse you from a duty to retreat outside the home. Wyoming has the highest percentage of gun owners per capita—60 percent—of any state.

11 posted on 03/18/2013 3:29:05 PM PDT by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416 "It’s one thing to make a law, It’s another to enforce it.")
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Kansas here - #8.

12 posted on 03/18/2013 3:35:38 PM PDT by mykroar (Sig is pending a Conservative party.!!,)
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly

I’m in Illinois, and I wish the cancer of Illinois (read Chicago and Springfield) could be excised from Indiana. I like Indiana, and it is deplorable that Illinois (again, read Chicago and Springfield) exerts the influence it does on Indiana.

Illinois would be a fine place if it were shorn on Chicago and Springfield (and East St. Louis).

13 posted on 03/18/2013 3:44:27 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: AlmaKing

1. Arizona
2. Vermont
3. Alaska
4. Utah
5. Kentucky
6. Wyoming
7. Alabama
8. Kansas
9. Missouri
10. New Hampshire

To Be Continued when you get home from work. :)

14 posted on 03/18/2013 3:58:33 PM PDT by Brads Gramma (Psalm 83)
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Idaho is #32?

15 posted on 03/18/2013 4:05:47 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SandRat

If only they would / could do something about their “Whacko bird” senator.

16 posted on 03/18/2013 4:13:01 PM PDT by Not now, Not ever! (Girlfriend suggested I use pelosi in place of swear words, A good idea, I think)
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To: Vaquero
Check out the wording of this POS poll on the page:

Price, nothing else matters but my wallet.
Brand loyality, I know what I like.
Recommendations, I buy guns suggested by trusted sources.
Politics, I buy guns every time politicians start talking about bans.
Pop Culture, if I see it in a movie I have to buy one.

"If I see it in a movie I have to have it"? Wth? who wrote this poll? Are they 12?
17 posted on 03/18/2013 4:30:50 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (My world view is accurately expressed in the lyrics of " The Fightin' Side of Me")
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The site just went down.

18 posted on 03/18/2013 5:07:36 PM PDT by Brads Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Billthedrill
Idaho is #32?

Castle doctrine is one fifth of the score and they only got 2 out of 10 points on it.

I was surprised that Texas was 15th with only 9 points in the castle doctrine. Doesn't Texas allow you to shoot the person who looked like he was going to break into your house and then hunt down his family? What do you have to do to get a 10?

19 posted on 03/18/2013 6:23:54 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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Interesting that Vermont is in the best group.

We are ALWAYS told that states with loose gun laws have people shooting up the place. Vermont is second only to Maine as a low violent-crime state. Vermont and Maine also have other characteristics that may be a factor, but I don’t want to get into a racial discussion here.

DC, with its draconian gun laws, is worse than any state in violent crime. I’ll leave that as an exercise to the student.

20 posted on 03/18/2013 7:05:55 PM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: BobL

I have lived in VT, I visit there still quite often.

I have never, ever seen anyone carrying (aside from rifles during deer season.)

And this was in the rural Northeast Kingdom. I guess I will have to pay more attention.

21 posted on 03/18/2013 7:35:51 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: Billthedrill

“Idaho is #32?”

I agree. Should be top 5 at worst. I lived in Coeur d’Alene ‘95-’98. The town 4th of July parade had a guy driving his British Scout armored car with a mounted Browning 1919 converted to 8mm. He also took it out to the Fernan gun club 4th of July machine gun shoot and ripped through a couple belts. Being rather poor at the time I was exceedingly jealous.

22 posted on 03/18/2013 7:41:25 PM PDT by allblues (God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat but Satan is definitely a Democrat)
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g&a is owned by liberals now. I do not have specifics but I read about it on


23 posted on 03/18/2013 7:45:21 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: SandRat

“Arizona per The Guns & Ammo Network is nomber 1.”

Actually, it tied with Vermont (both scored 49 out of 50 possible points).

Amazing that two states, so different, could be so equally-ranked.

Actually when all is said and done, after the country has collapsed, I sense the folks ‘way up in VT have a better chance to survive the hard times than do folks in most other states. There’s a reason for that.

24 posted on 03/18/2013 8:28:31 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Road Glide

The natives will, but not the transplants.

25 posted on 03/18/2013 10:03:31 PM PDT by GreyHoundSailor
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