Sport Shooting in Blue States Could Provide Pushback for Gun Control Agenda

Shooting sports are hardly limited to taking a foursome to the local shooting range to take on another team on a Saturday, but a look at the number of shooting ranges per capita in each state probably gives indication that South Dakotans throw clays and hit targets a lot more than Californians.

It will be interesting to see if blue gun states like Vermont, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Iowa join West Virginia (which boasts the No. 1 ranked NCAA Rifle Team) in becoming more red as their recreation is taken away. Certainly there are much bigger issues in the Administrations push for gun control than whether or not TCU retains its National Rifle Title against WVU, or if Kentucky can repeat the rare back to back National championships in Rifle and Basketball.

But as we were reminded in the most recent election, voters are often focused on the day-to-day things they like to do, and for many Americans that is shooting. If shooting ranges are any indication, many residents who enjoy shooting – no matter how competitive – may become an issue in Vermont (#2 at one shooting range for every 21,736 residents), No. 6 New Hampshire, No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 11 Iowa and No. 12 Pennsylvania.

Rnk State Population Shooting Ranges Pop./Range
1 South Dakota 819,761 39 21,020
2 Vermont 630,337 29 21,736
3 Wyoming 568,300 25 22,732
4 Montana 994,416 43 23,126
5 North Dakota 675,905 23 29,387
6 New Hampshire 1,321,445 43 30,731
7 Idaho 1,573,499 45 34,967
8 Wisconsin 5,698,230 158 36,065
9 Alaska 721,523 19 37,975
10 West Virginia 1,859,815 45 41,329
11 Iowa 3,053,787 69 44,258
12 Pennsylvania 12,734,905 287 44,372
13 Kansas 2,863,813 63 45,457
14 Maine 1,333,074 28 47,610
15 Connecticut 3,581,628 73 49,063
16 Minnesota 5,314,879 105 50,618
17 Nebraska 1,831,825 35 52,338
18 Kentucky 4,350,606 75 58,008
19 Arkansas 2,926,229 46 63,614
20 Rhode Island 1,055,247 16 65,953
21 Colorado 5,044,930 75 67,266
22 Michigan 9,911,626 143 69,312
23 Washington 6,753,369 93 72,617
24 Indiana 6,501,582 88 73,882
25 Massachusetts 6,559,644 88 74,541
26 New York 19,421,055 251 77,375
27 Oregon 3,848,606 49 78,543
28 Utah 2,770,765 35 79,165
29 Missouri 6,011,478 75 80,153
30 South Carolina 4,645,975 57 81,508
31 Delaware 900,877 11 81,898
32 New Mexico 2,067,273 25 82,691
33 Oklahoma 3,764,882 43 87,555
34 Ohio 11,568,495 130 88,988
35 Alabama 4,802,982 53 90,622
36 Tennessee 6,375,431 67 95,156
37 Illinois 12,864,380 133 96,725
38 Georgia 9,727,566 95 102,395
39 Louisiana 4,553,962 44 103,499
40 Virginia 8,037,736 75 107,170
41 North Carolina 9,565,781 86 111,230
42 Mississippi 2,978,240 25 119,130
43 Maryland 5,789,929 43 134,650
44 Texas 25,268,418 180 140,380
45 New Jersey 8,807,501 59 149,280
46 Nevada 2,709,432 18 150,524
47 Hawaii 1,366,862 9 151,874
48 Arizona 6,412,700 32 200,397
49 Florida 18,900,773 90 210,009
50 California 37,341,989 172 217,105

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