These Are the States With the Most Gun Dealers

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) keeps track of the firearms licenses in the United States. As of last month, the figure totaled 130,525. The establishments with licenses vary considerably by state and also by the categories by which the ATF tracks them.

Federal Firearms Licenses fall into nine categories. In each case, the official name for firearms is “destructive devices.” These in turn are defined as guns or explosive devices regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934, revised by the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and Gun Control Act of 1968.

These are the nine categories:

Clearly not all establishments on the list sell firearms directly to the public.

The market for guns in the United States is huge. Some estimates put the number of guns in the country at over 300 million. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), over 30 million guns have been sold in the United States this year through October. At the current rate, U.S. gun sales will set a record in 2020.

These are the number of gun dealers by state, according to the ATF:

StateTotal
Alabama2,102
Alaska834
Arkansas1,864
Arizona3,385
California8,434
Colorado2,950
Connecticut1,744
Delaware318
District of Columbia33
Florida6,991
Georgia3,474
Guam19
Hawaii222
Idaho1,506
Illinois4,492
Indiana2,735
Iowa1,990
Kansas1,771
Kentucky2,225
Louisiana1,943
Maine881
Maryland2,835
Massachusetts3,936
Michigan3,860
Minnesota2,428
Mississippi1,435
Missouri4,225
Montana1,495
Nebraska1,100
Nevada1,314
New Hampshire1,169
New Jersey470
New Mexico1,023
New York3,784
North Carolina4,429
Northern Mariana Islands3
North Dakota705
Ohio4,458
Oklahoma2,198
Oregon2,155
Pennsylvania6,138
Puerto Rico88
Rhode Island566
South Carolina2,101
South Dakota758
Tennessee3,102
Texas10,624
U.S. Virgin Islands13
Utah1,488
Vermont550
Virginia3,969
Washington3,130
West Virginia1,351
Wisconsin2,837
Wyoming875

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