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Rankings - Gun Control

1. Arizona 2. Alaska 3. Wyoming 4. Kentucky 5. Vermont 6. New Hampshire 7. Kansas 8. Nevada 9. South Dakota 10. Idaho 11. New Mexico 12. Utah 13. West Virginia 14. Texas 15. Montana 16. Tennessee 17. Oklahoma
18. Maine 19. Georgia 20. Arkansas 21. North Dakota 22. Colorado 23. Indiana 24. Mississippi 25. Nebraska 26. Alabama 27. Ohio 28. Oregon 29. Florida 30. Virginia 31. Missouri 32. Wisconsin 33. Pennsylvania 34. Louisiana
35. South Carolina 36. Washington 37. North Carolina 38. Delaware 39. Iowa 40. Minnesota 41. Michigan 42. Connecticut 43. Rhode Island 44. Maryland 45. Illinois 46. New Jersey 47. Hawaii 48. New York 49. Massachusetts 50. California

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William P. Ruger

William P. Ruger is an assistant professor in the political science department at Texas State University. He has been an affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University since 2008.

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Jason Sorens

Jason Sorens is an assistant professor in the political science department at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He has been an affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University since 2008.