SPRINGFIELD – Illinois averages 9.2 guns per 1000 people, placing it at #28 among 44 states included in a CBS study on which states have the most firearms. The study was based on the 2013 census and the ATF’s National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
CBS' study showed that the state with the lowest ratio of guns per persons to be New York with 3.3 guns per 1000 people. The highest ratio was Wyoming, with 195.7 guns per 1000.
The ATF's stats do not include pistols, but do include the sale or transfer of the following firearms, according to the Independent Journal :
- machine guns
- short-barreled rifles and shotguns,
- suppressors/destructive devices like bombs and grenades
- concealable devices with the ability to discharge a shot through the energy of an explosive
- any firearm with a bore over half an inch that has not been determined to have a legitimate sporting use.
More on the study HERE.