Ever since President Barack Obama was sworn into office and revealed his anti-gun rights agenda, the American people have been purchasing firearms in record numbers.
In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, along with the growing threat of more widespread attacks, gun sales continue to soar.
CBS News recently decided to take a closer look at the number of guns in America and devised a list purportedly ranking the various states by how many “heavy arms” they hold per capita.
To compile the list of the most heavily armed states, CBS looked at both 2013 Census data and the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record compiled by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, which covers the sale and transfer of a number of weapons and accessories that fall under strict ATF guidelines.
The weapons contained on the ATF’s registration list include such things as automatic machine guns, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, suppressors, bombs and grenades, and other “exotic” weapons not in general or widespread use.
Unsurprisingly, many of the liberal Northeastern states with strict gun control laws came in towards the bottom of the list. For example, New York was ranked last with only 3.3 “heavy arms” per 1,000 residents.
Texas, often viewed as a Mecca of gun rights and firearms, came in at number 16 on the list, with an estimated 12.8 heavy weapons per 1,000 residents.
Topping the list of heavily armed states was sparsely populated Wyoming, whose residents were estimated to own a whopping 195.7 heavy weapons per 1,000 residents, far and away the most heavily armed state in the union.
The big surprise on the list is the fact that the liberal gun control utopia that is Washington, D.C., came in at No. 2 on the list, with roughly 66.4 heavy weapons per 1,000 people.
To be sure, the ATF’s list doesn’t include handguns and regular semi-automatic rifles, such as AR-15s or bolt-action hunting rifles, so the list is a bit misleading. Also, while suppressors are heavily regulated by the ATF, they could hardly be considered “heavy weapons,” and therefore their presence skews the numbers somewhat.
That said, there is an immense amount of firepower in the hands of American citizens all across the country. Democrats would be wise to consider such when they contemplate further attempts to disarm citizens and limit access to certain firearms.
You can read the entire list and see where your state stands at Independent Journal.
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