Standing by the Second Amendment: The Best States for Gun Owners

by Scotsman Shield
Best States for Gun Owners

The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an amendment written into the Constitution at America's founding. Like the pursuit of liberty, this is a right integral to a truly democratic nation, one where individual freedoms are not limited in light of a higher power's interest.

However, America has an intriguing and healthy mixture of voices, many of which are pronounced in state laws. As such, gun owners may find some American states more suitable than others.

Here, we've compiled a list of the best states for gun owners. Is yours listed?

Defining "Best"

It's hard to define "best" in terms of gun regulation, as different views are even shared among gun advocates. Perhaps a better term, then, is "loosest."

Consider the recent plight of Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann, who attempted to comply with California regulations by registering his AR-15 only to have his house raided and 12 felonies slapped on his record. You'll find no such states on this list.

Here, we're looking for states that keep the Second Amendment at their heart, allowing gun owners to enjoy some of the privileges the Founding Forefathers thought citizens deserved to have.

The Best States for Gun Owners

From the ability to carry without a permit to allowing firearms in public places, these states are the very best for gun toters.

1. Arizona

Arizona has long been touted as one of the friendliest states for gun owners and is often credited as having some of the least-restrictive laws. Here, citizens over the age of 21 may carry a firearm openly or concealed weapon without a license.

More recently, a law was passed to prevent background checks for gun ownership. Furthermore, Phoenix is known across the nation for its competitive shooting culture.

Currently, illegal firearms are mostly restricted to automatic firearms and modified shotguns. A convicted felon whose crime involved violence is not permitted to possess a firearm, as well as anyone deemed a danger to himself or others and imprisoned individuals.

2. Kansas

Like Arizona, permits are not necessary to carry an open or concealed firearm. This contrasts sharply with many other states where concealed carry permits are necessary.

Recently, Kansas enacted a law allowing permitless carry in public buildings. Public employees may even have a firearm with them at work and university students over 21 can carry at college.

Further, Black Rifles and NFA items are not prohibited in Kansas.

3. Missouri

Missouri is one of a few states allowing open and concealed carry without a permit. In this state, those 19 and older are permitted to carry. Access is limited to felons or those deemed mentally unfit to handle weapons.

The Show-Me State also allows teachers to carry weapons at the discretion of their public schools.

4. Alaska

It may surprise some, but Alaskans are no foe to pro-gun legislation. Permits are not required for open or concealed guns and local authorities cannot regulate firearms.

In an effort to avoid issues with other states, The Last Frontier offers concealed carry permits to avoid any complications when citizens wander beyond state lines.

Residents are permitted to carry in state parks as well as in liquor stores.

5. Wyoming

Wyoming also allows permitless carry for residents. Further, it recognizes permits from all states that issue them.

Wyoming is one of only a few states that does not have a law requiring mental health records to be submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The state also allows schools to decide if they want their teachers to carry firearms.

6. Georgia

Did you know that in Kennesaw, Georgia every head of household is required to have a firearm? While it's not enforced, the city does boast a 50% lower rate of violent crime than the national average.

Unlike many of the other states we've discussed, The Peach State does require a permit for a concealed carry and open carry. However, Georgia has recently attracted quite a bit of attention for its attempts to loosen gun laws.

In 2017, the NRA even held their annual conference in Atlanta.

7. Montana

In Big Sky Country, registration and permits are not required to own or purchase a firearm, but residents do need a permit for a concealed gun. Gun dealerships also enjoy relaxed laws, and background checks are not required to purchase a firearm.

Many speculate the gun laws here are lax because of the low population density. Either way, it certainly ranks as one of the best states for gun owners.

8. Mississippi

Down by the river, you'll find plenty of folks who are pro-gun, and the state laws reflect this culture.

In 2012, the governor signed a law permitting citizens to carry concealed firearms. Although the law is fairly complicated concerning where residents can and cannot carry, it was one of many recent steps towards looser gun restrictions for the state.

Registration of firearms is not required and NFA items and machine guns are not prohibited.

The state is also known for Mid-South, which trains in self-defense shooting. Unfortunately, courses are reserved for police and military personnel.

States to Avoid

Now that we've covered your go-to states, it only makes sense to discuss the states gun owners should avoid. Here they are in a nutshell:

  • California: In California, you'll oftentimes find an openly hostile attitude towards guns, and the laws that exist are restrictive, confusing and elaborate.
  • New York: New York isn't far behind California. It has successfully banned magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammo, forcing owners to turn their guns in or transfer them to a different state.
  • Maryland: To justify receiving a permit, you have to provide evidence of a "clear and significant threat" on your life.

Gun owners should steer clear.


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Utah just became Constitution Carry this year (2021). It is not open carry but you can carry concealed without a permit. The state legislature has been pushing this for years but our former Republican governor too liberal and kept vetoing those bills.
Why isn't Florida on your list. It is very good with gun laws.
Failed to mention Massachusetts as a state to avoid.

California gun laws are a bunch of ridiculous non sense. They lack any common sense and can easily be violated if you arent acutely aware of them. Never the less. I would take California gun laws over New Yorks any day. We here in California have to live under the tyrant and majority rule of the liberal which equates to a lot of ignorant people who have no idea about firearms or the people that own them writing laws, voting on laws, and passing draconian laws. New York makes California firearm laws look like a utopia though.
Washington state should DEFINITELY be in the top 10. Its a shall issue conceal carry state. Open carry is legal and in Eastern Wa open carry is strongly looked up-apon. But fkk the western state of WA.
As an AZ resident i recently enjoyed purchasing and shooting and carrying everywhere my favorite conceal carry weapon a Ruger LCP II which is made right here in Prescott AZ. It's a super easy 380 ACP to conceal especially with the aftermarket clip that replaces the rear pin with its own: I've also enjoyed owning my favourite home defense 12 guage pump action shotgun with a flashlight taped to the barrel and two extra rounds in the butt stock. My 9mm is a compact sig sauer sp2022 with night sights and a red lazer attached to the front picatinny rail. I can't wait to start conceal carry it with the Joey Pouch that's on order that claims it's comfortable for both compact as well as full size hand guns. My latest is probably not appropriate as a home defense weapon but as they say don't bring a knife to a gun fight, I'm bring my ar 15 build instead. I bought the last two used 40 round magazines from the pawn shop when i picked up the lower receiver (the rifle) and bought two new 30 round magazines when i purchased 1k rounds of 223 for the rifle from LuckyGunner.Com (as well as more 9mm and 380 ACP for both practice and jacketed hollow point for home defense that should expand inside the bad guy and hopefully won't over penetrate. The Lower receiver is in Flat Dark Earth from Palmetto State Armory and the upper receiver is a 16" carbine length with free-floating m-lock hand guard from Bear Creek Arsenal with backup irons from Ozark. I'll probably add a red dot or just run backup irons. AZ is a great place to live that happens to be gun friendly. I don't know if I'll ever buy a 100 round drum but I probably will. I hear the most tactical thing you can do is not run out of ammunition.
West virgina should be number one best state for gun owners open carry is legal without permit at 18 years old and after 21 concealed carry is legal without permit as well basically as long as ur not prohibited to own a firearm and dont have anything fully auto that was made after 1986 you're good to go. I open carry two twelve inch long 6 shooters and conceal carry them as well on and off all you have to do to own a legal firearm is get ur gun registered and pass a background check and ur good to go. You can even open carry a 12 gauge pump on your back with no problem or worries and people dont even give you a second look lmao our right to bear arms will NOT BE INFRINGED lol
What Vermont? I can carry open and concealed it's even called VT.carry!
If your State is having problems, don't blame anyone but yourself and your neighbor. Vote like your life depends on it. Educate everyone you know, starting with yourself, your family, your friends, etc. Do what the Democrats do, let your anti-2A friends become former friends and let them know that you don't like them siding with those Communist that want to take away our rights, our civil liberties, explain it to them before you tell them they are no longer welcome. The line has been drawn and the left is quickly advancing upon it. Use their own tools against them, while using education to wake them up, then dismiss them like an old girlfriend does to their old boyfriend. We don't need codependent, we need the God, the Constitution, and the Liberty and Freedom entrusted to us by our Creator. This is not a democracy which is the choice word of progressive socialist and communist. This is a Constitutional Republic with a balance of government powers and negative powers/rights of the people. Show people the Bill of Rights as a whole, then show them the Declaration of Independence, let them become speechless as the correlations become clear.
Michigan is not so friendly toward gun ownership. You need a purchase permit to buy a handgun and are submitted to a background check and waiting period then when the gun is purchased you have to take it to the police and have it registered. If you're an ex felon which the state calls you a felon the rest of your life even if your time is served and they will not allow felons to own a firearm even for hunting and Michigan is a big hunting state. You have to have a permit to carry and you are limited in which building you may carry the gun into.
PA is Class II and Class III friendly.... why no mention?
IDAHO, 18 yo can concealed carry with out a permit
Please mention New Jersey for a state you do not want to go to! Even a plastic BB gun/Pellet gun requires you to have a License to carry and a permit... The state is nuts and getting worse with their attacks on 2A.
Idaho, everyone forgets about this open carry state!
We have been blessed to have back to back gun friendly administrations in MS. The front runner in this years governor election is a gun rights fellow too. Lord help us if Hood(d) pulls off an upset! Ya'll come on to square county MS an do dome shoot-m-up! PEACE Brothers.
“Here, we're looking for states that keep the Second Amendment at their heart, allowing gun owners to enjoy some of the privileges the Founding Forefathers thought citizens deserved to have.”

Here, is the very problem that is being promoted by so-called, pro 2A politicians & why this list is so short. The founding fathers never implied these were privileges but did say they were unalienable RIGHTS....rights that self nor government can take away. Until that really sinks in the minds & hearts of not only our political leaders...but in the minds & hearts of this country’s CITIZENS (not subjects), it will never change without a rebellion. Kind of like 1776 all over again. Think about that!
West Virginia should be on this list
What about Arkansas? Permitless open and concealed carry, can carry even loaded and chambered shotgun in car or public.
Ad Kentucky to the list of gun friendly states as mat Bevin has mad the commonwealth a no permit state long live the second amendment
I live in NYC. Just awful. You pretty much don't have second amendment rights here. They claim to be a "may issue" state. Yeah right, good luck with that. NY not only infringes your rights but their firearm laws are clearly established to discourage firearm ownership. The founding fathers must roll over in their graves concerning NY and NYC.
They are RIGHTS, not privileges. They were not given by the founding fathers, but outlined as a warning to future governmental servers that We The People will not tolerate them abuse. Today We deal with the brainwashed likes of the youth led by the exact tyrants the warning was written for.
Washington state as of 2019 has some more restrictions on firearms. Avoid this state like the plague. California North. Used to be a firearm friendly state not so much anymore
coming soon to CT more "vanity laws" you will be arrested if a friend of your child gets access to your gun, loads it and shoots himself dead in your home Nothing like a trigger lock/gun safe to slow down a dumbass or speed up an attacker
Vermont used to be the BEST STATE when it came tk onwing firearms, not anymore...
What are the laws for nh for buying a gun.
New Jersey, Massachussetts, Conneticut, Hawaii, DC and Illinois are worse than California and Maryland. NYC is worse than all incouding NY state itself.
Georgia and Montana should not be on the top 8 list as both require a government permission slip before your rights are allowed. No state that requires permission should be considered as "Standing by the Second Amendment"
Best add Colorado to the avoid list. 15 round mag cap and now loony red flag law passed.
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