How many guns does Texas have?

SDL chart comparing the number of registered firearms in Texas to the 50 state average

Answer: They have a lot. The lone star state had a total of 95,269 registered firearms in 2017 according to the U.S. Department of Justice. This figure comes from the total amount of registered machine guns, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, and any other weapons. However, this estimate is suggested to be much higher due to the fact that Texans are not required by law to register their firearms.

This number has increased by about 45% since 2014, and by more than 70% since 2011. The 50 State average is moving steadily, hovering around 20,000 in 2017. At the current rate, by 2018 Texas will have more than 100,000 registered firearms; just for comparison, in 2017, Hawaii only had around 568.

Fun fact: In May of 2013, the Texas House approved a bill to dub May 4th as Gun Day, which allows college students to carry concealed firearms on college campuses. Another fun fact is that May 4th is also recognized as Star Wars Day, which would make for some pretty interesting cosplays at Texas universities!

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