States with the most guns in 2012 (Photos).

The Daily Beast finds the most armed states in America.

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The Daily Beast finds the most armed states in America.

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1. Kentucky

NICS background checks per 100,000 residents (Sept. 2010 – Feb. 2012): 78,703
Previous rank:
1st

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2. Utah

NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 46,898
Previous rank:
2nd

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3. Montana

NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 16,888
Previous rank:
3rd

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4. West Virginia

NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 15,718
Previous rank:
6th

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5. Alaska

NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 14,616
Previous rank:
5th

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6. Wyoming

NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 13,986
Previous rank:
4th

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7. North Dakota

NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 13,952
Previous rank:
8th

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8. South Dakota

NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 13,624
Previous rank:
7th

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9. Oklahoma

NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 11,279
Previous rank:
12th

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10. Arkansas

NICS background checks per 100,000 residents: 11,150
Previous rank:
9th

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11. Alabama
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents:
11,070
Previous rank:
10th

12. Tennessee
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents:
10,889
Previous rank:
11th

13. New Hampshire
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents:
10,557
Previous rank:
16th

14. Idaho
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents:
10,261
Previous rank:
13th

15. Missouri
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents:
10,228
Previous rank:
15th

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16. Colorado
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents:
10,208
Previous rank:
14th

17. Mississippi
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents:
10,035
Previous rank:
17th

18. Illinois
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents:
9,831
Previous rank:
18th

19. Minnesota
NICS background checks per 100,000 residents:
9,730
Previous rank:
22nd

20. Louisiana
Population:
4,533,372
Previous rank:
21st