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Top 10 Gun-Friendly States in the U.S.

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While federal gun laws stay the same no matter where you live in the U.S., each state has its own set of laws that can vary greatly from place to place. If you are a serious gun collector or are passionate about your Second Amendment rights, check out this list of the top 10 gun-friendly states. These states tend to have fewer restrictions regarding owning, carrying, and using firearms than many other states.

Please understand that this information should not be considered legal advice. Laws can and do change. As such, always be sure that you have the most up-to-date legal requirements before buying, carrying, or using a gun in a state with which you are unfamiliar.

Alaska

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In the state of Alaska, a permit is not required to purchase a gun, own a gun, or even to carry a gun. In addition, they have no state restrictions on so-called "assault weapons" or NFA weapons. Alaska has castle doctrine and stand-your-ground laws which allow a person to use deadly force against anyone forcibly and unlawfully entering their home and attempting to harm them. The person using self-defense does not have a duty to retreat in most cases.

Arizona

Arizona does not require a permit to purchase, own, or carry a gun (anyone carrying without a permit must be at least 21 years of age). The state’s only registration requirements are the same as those set forth by the National Firearms Act. Arizona has castle doctrine and stand-your-ground laws which allow a person to use deadly force against anyone forcibly and unlawfully entering their home and attempting to harm them. The person using self-defense does not have a duty to retreat.

Florida

Florida does not require a permit to purchase or own a gun but a permit is required to carry a gun. There are no state restrictions on "assault weapons" or NFA guns. Florida was the first state to pass a castle doctrine law and is also a stand-your-ground state, allowing a person to use deadly force against anyone forcibly and unlawfully entering their home. The person using self-defense does not have a duty to retreat.

Idaho

The state of Idaho does not require a permit or registration to purchase a gun, own a gun, or to carry a gun in the open. However, residents who wish to carry concealed must obtain a permit. This state has no restrictions on "assault weapons" or on NFA weapons, beyond those imposed by federal law. Idaho’s castle doctrine laws allow for deadly force against intruders if you believe you are in imminent danger.

Kentucky

In Kentucky, there is no permit or registration required to purchase or own a firearm but a permit is required to carry a concealed handgun. Kentucky is a shall-issue state. Kentucky has castle doctrine and stand-your-ground laws which allow a person to use deadly force against anyone who is attempting to commit a felony against them by use of force. The person using self-defense does not have a duty to retreat.

Montana

Montana does not require a permit or registration to purchase a gun, own a gun, or even to carry a gun in certain places. However, since some municipalities do require permits in some locations, Montana is also a shall-issue state. There are no restrictions on “assault weapons” or NFA guns. Montana has castle doctrine and stand-your-ground laws which allow a person to use deadly force against anyone forcibly and unlawfully entering their home and attempting to harm them. The person using self-defense does not have a duty to retreat.

New Mexico

New Mexico does not require a permit or registration to buy a gun, own a gun, or carry a gun openly. Residents who wish to carry concealed can apply for a permit in this shall-issue state. There are no state restrictions on "assault weapons" or NFA guns. Unlike many of the states on this list, New Mexico does not have castle doctrine or stand-your-ground laws.

Texas

Texas is, of course, known for its gun-friendly laws. The state does not require a permit or registration to own or purchase a gun. A permit is required for carrying a handgun but Texas is a shall-issue state which means that they are required to issue a permit to any qualified applicant. Texas has castle doctrine and stand-your-ground laws which allow a person to use deadly force against anyone forcibly and unlawfully entering or attempting to enter their home. The person using self-defense does not have a duty to retreat.

Utah

Utah does not require permits or registration to buy a gun, own a gun, or to carry a gun openly. Anyone who wishes to carry concealed is required to obtain a carry permit. Utah is a shall-issue state. The state has no restrictions on "assault weapons" and no additional restrictions on NFA weapons beyond those imposed by the federal government. Utah has castle doctrine and stand-your-ground laws which allow a person to use deadly force against anyone forcibly and unlawfully entering or attempting to enter their home. The person using self-defense does not have a duty to retreat.

Wyoming

Wyoming does not require a permit or registration to buy a gun, own a gun, or even to carry a gun. Prior to 2011, however, Wyoming was a shall-issue state. Wyoming has a stand-your-ground law for people in their own homes. This means that you can use deadly force against an intruder in your home if you are in fear for your safety and without the duty to retreat.

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