H/T Keep And Bear. 

I was surprised to see where my home state of Indiana stood fire power wise.



The folks at Movoto.com are always creating cool graphics, interactive maps, and other neat features over on their website.

They recently developed an interactive map that we think our readers here at Keep and Bear will absolutely love. The map compares the number of privately owned guns in each American state with a foreign nation that has a similar number of firearms.

Interestingly, 3 of the top 5 gun owning states, actually have draconian anti-gun laws. They just also have very large populations.

  • California’s total of 33.08 million guns is closest to China’s 40 million
  • Texas’ total of 22.33 million guns is closest to Germany’s 25 million
  • New York’s total of 17.2 million guns is closest to Pakistan’s 18 million
  • Florida’s total of 16.7 million guns is closest to Mexico’s 15.5 million
  • Illinois’ total of 11.4 is closest to Yemen

Here’s the methodology that Movoto used to draw up their map:

We started with a research group in Switzerland called Small Arms Survey and its report “Small Arms Survey 2007: Guns and the City.” Among other things, it estimated gun-ownership numbers for 178 countries, including the United States (which it estimates has about 270 million guns).

We then took the estimate of 88.8 guns per 100 people for the U.S.—which, seven years later, is likely higher—and used it to calculate each state’s estimated gun ownership, based on state populations from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 survey. (Of course, gun-ownership density varies throughout the country, but this number gave us a easy way to come up with comparable figures for all 50 states, since actual state-to-state numbers were not available.)

Once we had the list of state numbers, we compared each one to Small Arms Survey’s list of countries and respective gun-ownership estimates, logging the nearest match.

All 50 States Renamed For Countries With Similar Gun Ownership By Movoto Real Estate

Another interesting fact is that in each nation the approximate number of guns owned correlates closely with total population – this holds true in red states and in blue states. It seems that Americans love their guns even if their state governments don’t.

Here’s how each state stacked up population-to-gun ownership-wise: