By: Teresa Mull

Have you ever wondered what is the hottest-selling gun in your state? Did you know a handful of states actually have a designated state gun? What about which states have the most number of guns registered?

We have some answers! Though many of these statistics will need some updating following the record gun sales that have been happening in recent months, read below to find out some fun, did you know? factoids, and be sure to comment with your home state and favorite firearms!

Most Registered Weapons

According to Statista:

Texas was the state with the highest number of registered weapons in the United States in 2019, with 725,368 firearms. Rhode Island, on the other hand, had 4,655 registered firearms.

Most Heavily Armed States, Sans Pistols

According to CBS News (this list does not include pistols):

Wyoming has the highest number of registered guns per capita of any state in America. For every 1,000 residents, there are 195.7 guns, about three times the rate of second-place D.C. That’s 114,052 registered firearms in a state with a population of only 582,658 people.

The least heavily armed state? CBS says:

New York comes in at number 51, with only 3.3 guns for every 1,000 residents. That’s 64,353 registered firearms dispersed among 19,651,127 people.

Most Popular Guns Nationwide

Business Insider reports:

Gun manufacturers made 4,720,075 pistols in 2017, the largest portion of US gun manufacturing. In 2016, 9 mm models were the most popular among manufacturers.

US gun manufacturers made 4,239,335 rifles in 2017. Sixty-two percent of gun owners say they own a rifle, according to Pew.

Official State Guns


Utah was the first state to declare an Official Gun, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Browning M1911 pistol, which was originally designed by John Browning of Ogden, Utah — where the gun is still manufactured to this day.

Other states with an “official state gun” include: Arizona: the Colt Single Action Army Revolver; Indiana: the Colt Single Action Army Revolver; West Virginia: The Hall Model 1819 flintlock rifle; Pennsylvania: the Pennsylvania long rifle; Alaska: the pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 bolt-action sporting rifle; and Tennessee: the Barrett M82.

Teresa Mull ( is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.