Best States for Gun Owners (2019)

Guns & Ammo's annual ranking of gun-friendly states. From worst (New York) to best (Arizona), here are the best states for gun owners in 2019.

Best States for Gun Owners (2019)

Top 5 - Best Gun-Friendly States

1. Arizona
2. Idaho
3. Alaska
4. Kansas
5. Oklahoma

Bottom 5 - Worst Gun-Friendly States

47. California
48. Hawaii
49. New Jersey
50. Massachusetts
51. New York

Things were looking uncertain for gun owners in many states in 2018 thanks to a successful push in otherwise pro-­gun states to enact gun control legislation. Things seem to have stabilized in 2019. We are, at least for now, back to normal with states on the extreme ends of the spectrum growing increasingly divergent in terms of gun laws. The very pro-­gun states have moved the ball forward for gun owners while the anti-­gun states have enacted further restrictions.

As we have done for several years now, we have evaluated each state numerically for 2019 in each of these five categories: Right-­To-­Carry/Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW), access to Black Rifles, the states’ Use-­of-­Force laws (also known as Castle Doctrine), the prohibition of items regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA), and a catch-all Miscellaneous column. States are awarded 0-­10 points in each category and ranked according to their total number of points. In the case of a tie, which is common, we dig deeper into the Miscellaneous category and rank states accordingly. Please note that while we have done our best to rank states as objectively as possible, you my disagree with our findings. No article of this length and researched by a single author could capture every nuance of a state’s statutory and regulatory framework.

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