Montanan’s Love Their Guns, But Where Do We Rank Nationally?
We all know Montana probably ranks pretty high when it comes to gun ownership numbers, the question is, how high?
If you grew up in Montana, or have been a resident for some time, you know Montana is an armed state. The amount of hunters and sportsmen alone definitely sets us apart from the other 49 states. I figured we ranked somewhere in the top 5 just off the top of my head. States like Alaska, Idaho, and the entire South would have ranked higher if I had to guess.
According to worldpopulationreview.com, Montana ranks #1 in gun ownership, just squeaking out Wyoming. Check the percentage of residents that own a firearm in the top 5 states according to the poll.
1. Montana 66.3%
2. Wyoming 66.2%
3. Alaska 64.5%
4. Idaho 60.1%
5. West Virginia 58.5%
Now these numbers can skew one way or the other a good percentage as well. Each state has its own firearm laws, and I can tell you from experience in Montana, many residents have way more guns than the government, or this poll would ever know about. *cough *cough
Here is another staggering data poll from the world population review, The United States far exceeds any other country in gun ownership as well. They estimate anywhere from 250 - 350 million guns. Again, these numbers can be very skewed due to different regulations and owners.
Now, to some, these numbers might be surprising, and even scary. I can't speak for anyone but myself, but as someone that was born in raised in the Big Sky State, it's nothing that has ever bothered me. Like most of you, I grew up hunting and sport shooting all my life. We took hunter safety from a very young age, and our parents, and family were always there to preach gun safety. To me, it's just one of those things that make Montana "Montana".