A 330-million-strong army of civilians.
The civilian population of the United States of America is the most powerfully armed in the world.
There are more than three hundred million privately owned firearms in the United States — one gun for every American, the highest number in the world. Coming in a distant second is Yemen, where the rate is only half that of the U.S.
Americans have “the right to keep and bear arms,” as written in the 1789 Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
NO PERMITS REQUIRED
Gun owners are allowed to carry a concealed weapon without a permit in 12 states:
Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.
A permit or license to openly carry a handgun is required in 15 states:
Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
FIVE STATES PROHIBIT
Currently, just five states, plus Washington D.C. prohibit the open carry of handguns:
California, Florida, Illinois, New York and South Carolina.
COMPLETE GUIDE — ALL STATES: