Sunday, May 25, 2014

States Ranked for Gun Friendliness - 2014 Edition

Last year, I wrote a post when Guns & Ammo magazine posted their rankings for the friendliest gun states (including Washington, D.C.) Well, they did it again this year, and being an Excel geek, I thought I'd look at how everyone compared to last year's rankings. 

Just like last year, states were ranked on five categories:
  • Right to Carry
  • Modern Sporting Rifles
  • NFA
  • Castle Doctrine
  • Miscellaneous
First of all, I'm very pleased to see my state (Georgia) move up this year to #3. Every Georgia gun owner should thank GeorgiaCarry.Org for their hard work getting HB60 through the General Assembly and signed by Governor Deal.

There was only one change in the 7 worst ranked states, and that was California and Hawaii swapping places for 46 and 47.

The largest improvement was Oklahoma. They went from 30 to 6, followed by South Dakota jumping from 27 to 13, and finally Georgia moving up to #3 from 13th on the list in 2013.

New Hampshire and Vermont tied for the biggest slip in rank. Both went down 15 places on the list, 10 to 25 and 2 to 17 respectively. Other double digit losers were Pennsylvania and Louisiana. 

A total of 21 states lost ground on the ranking list, while 16 made improvements and 14 remained the same as they were in last years rankings.

The best state was Arizona (again), and the worst was Washington, D.C. (again).

The Brady bunch has a similar list, but their format changes from one year to the next. I would comment more on it, but to try to read their propaganda makes my head hurt.

If anyone is interested in a copy of my spreadsheet, shoot me an email at or leave me a comment with your email address, and I'll send you a copy in .xls format.

Be safe.

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