fbpx
Connect with us

Texas News

How the Gun Ownership Rate in Texas Compares to Other States | Texas

Published

on

www.thecentersquare.com – By Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via – 2023-06-24 08:21:19

To much of the world, the United States is a country defined, at least in part, by its gun culture. And with good reason. The U.S., along with Guatemala and Mexico, is one of only three countries in which gun ownership is a constitutional right. Even more telling, according to a 2020 study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the U.S. is home to an estimated 433.9 million civilian-owned firearms, equal to about 1.3 guns for every American. No other country comes close to having that many guns, let alone more guns than people.

However, not all Americans are gun owners. Far from it, in fact. According to a 2020 study published by the RAND Corporation, a research and public policy advocacy group, only about 32% of American households own a firearm. Therefore, based on the total number of guns in the U.S. many gun-owning households likely own far more than one.

At the state level, gun ownership rates vary considerably. In some parts of the country, fewer than one in every 10 households own at least one firearm. In others, meanwhile, well over half of all households do.

According to RAND Corporation estimates, approximately 35.5% of households in Texas own at least one gun, the 14th lowest gun ownership rate among the 50 states.

Advertisement

Gun control laws vary considerably at the state level, and in states with the tightest restrictions, firearms can be harder to obtain. On an A to F scale – with A representing the strongest gun control laws and F the weakest – gun violence prevention group Giffords Law Center assigns Texas an F for its gun control policies.

All data in this story is from the RAND Corporation and the Annual Gun Law Scorecard, published by the Giffords Law Center.

 

Rank State Gun ownership rate (%) Gun control grade (A-F) Firearm deaths per 100,000 people in 2021
1 Montana 65.0 F 25.1
2 Wyoming 60.7 F 26.1
3 West Virginia 60.0 F 17.3
4 Idaho 57.8 F 16.3
5 Alaska 57.2 F 25.2
6 South Dakota 55.0 F 14.3
7 Oklahoma 54.9 F 21.2
8 Mississippi 54.1 F 33.9
9 North Dakota 53.3 F 16.8
10 Alabama 52.8 F 26.4
11 Missouri 52.8 F 23.2
12 Kentucky 52.5 F 21.1
13 Louisiana 52.3 F 29.1
14 Arkansas 51.8 F 23.3
15 Vermont 50.3 C- 11.9
16 Maine 47.7 F 12.6
17 Wisconsin 47.1 D+ 13.5
18 Tennessee 46.9 F 22.8
19 New Hampshire 46.3 F 8.3
20 South Carolina 45.0 F 22.4
21 Indiana 42.4 F 18.4
22 Kansas 42.3 F 17.3
23 Ohio 41.9 F 16.5
24 Oregon 41.4 B+ 14.9
25 Pennsylvania 40.2 B- 14.8
26 Utah 39.7 F 13.9
27 Nebraska 39.2 C 10.3
28 Minnesota 39.1 C+ 10.0
29 Michigan 38.9 C+ 15.4
30 Delaware 38.7 B 16.6
31 Iowa 38.5 F 11.2
32 Colorado 37.9 B 17.8
33 Georgia 37.7 F 20.3
34 North Carolina 37.1 C 17.3
35 Arizona 36.0 F 18.3
36 New Mexico 35.9 C+ 27.8
37 Texas 35.5 F 15.6
38 Virginia 35.3 B 14.3
39 Nevada 32.9 C+ 19.8
40 Washington 32.1 B+ 11.2
41 Florida 28.8 C- 14.1
42 Illinois 22.6 A- 16.1
43 Connecticut 18.8 A- 6.7
44 Maryland 16.7 A- 15.2
45 California 16.3 A 9.0
46 New York 14.5 A- 5.4
47 Rhode Island 13.9 B+ 5.6
48 Hawaii 9.1 A- 4.8
49 Massachusetts 9.0 A- 3.4
50 New Jersey 8.9 A 5.2

 

Advertisement

Read More

The post How the Gun Ownership Rate in Texas Compares to Other States | Texas appeared first on www.thecentersquare.com

Texas News

Cedar Park falls to No. 1 Mansfield Timberview in semis

Published

on

www.kxan.com – Billy Gates – 2024-02-29 23:25:12

SUMMARY: Cedar Park’s girls basketball team lost 67-45 to Mansfield Timberview in the 5A semifinals. Timberview had a strong second quarter, outrebounding Cedar Park 51-29 and dominating on second-chance points. Kennedy Carlyle led Cedar Park with 19 points, while Mariah Davis struggled shooting but contributed 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists. For Timberview, Brooklyn Terry and Kamryn Wilson scored 13 points each, with Wilson also grabbing 12 rebounds for a double-double. Cedar Park’s season ended with a 27-12 record, while Timberview advanced to the state title game against Frisco Liberty after defeating Cedar Park.

Read the full article

The post Cedar Park falls to No. 1 Mansfield Timberview in semis appeared first on www.kxan.com

Continue Reading

Texas News

100-year-old Central California woman celebrates 25th birthday on Leap Day

Published

on

abc13.com – KFSN – 2024-02-29 22:25:46

SUMMARY: Helen Davidson of Park Visalia Assisted Living & Memory Care celebrates her 100th birthday, which is only her 25th because she was born on a leap year. She credits her faith and family for a full life and emphasizes the importance of being a good person. Davidson’s daughter praises her mother’s likable and fun personality and her dedication to physical activity. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Davidson later became a teacher after earning a degree from Fresno State. Her family plans to celebrate her milestone with a weekend of festivities, and Davidson expresses gratitude for their presence.

Read the full article

The post 100-year-old Central California woman celebrates 25th birthday on Leap Day appeared first on abc13.com

Continue Reading

Texas News

Airbnb: Austin, Hill Country most booked ahead of solar eclipse weekend

Published

on

www.kxan.com – Julianna Russ – 2024-02-29 20:46:36

SUMMARY: Airbnb has noticed a surge in interest for properties along the path of the upcoming solar eclipse in April. Austin and the Hill Country in Texas are trending destinations for travelers wanting to experience the eclipse. Texas is among the most-booked states, with a 600% increase in searches for the weekend of the eclipse. Over 60% of listings along the eclipse path in Texas are already booked. Airbnb reported a 1000% increase in searches for stays along the eclipse path in the US, with other popular cities including Mazatlán, Indianapolis, Montreal, and more. The eclipse will be the last to cross North America for over 20 years.

Read the full article

The post Airbnb: Austin, Hill Country most booked ahead of solar eclipse weekend appeared first on www.kxan.com

Continue Reading

News from the South

Trending