All 50 States Ranked by Number of Federal Firearm Licensees

   09.21.15

A Federal Firearm License (FFL) is what you need if you want to do just about anything in the firearms industry. Want to receive firearms directly from manufacturers and distributors? You need an FFL. Want to sell or make guns on a commercial scale? You need an FFL. Want to collect rare, bizarre, or historical firearms? In most cases, you need an FFL.

There are several different types of FFL, from those issued to international companies to the one that your small neighborhood pawnbroker has. In a very general way, more FFLs in any given area can mean that there’s more demand for firearms in a region. However, most of the time it just means that the area has a larger overall population.

If you’ve ever wondered which states have the most active FFLs in America, we have complied the following list of all 50 states (plus some extras) using statistics from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. We also included the state’s population rank, to help lend some perspective on which states have a high number of FFLs for their population.

State Total active FFLs Population rank
1. Texas 10829 2
2. California 8564 1
3. Florida 7634 3
4. Pennsylvania 6325 6
5. Missouri 5437 18
6. Illinois 5239 5
7. Ohio 5087 7
8. North Carolina 4828 9
9. Virginia 4508 12
10. Michigan 4350 10
11. New York 4180 4
12. Massachusetts 3993 14
13. Georgia 3833 8
14. Tennessee 3500 17
15. Maryland 3411 19
16. Arizona 3189 15
17. Wisconsin 3161 20
18. Indiana 2983 16
19. Washington 2899 13
20. Colorado 2893 22
21. Minnesota 2720 21
22. Kentucky 2547 26
23. Oregon 2542 27
24. Oklahoma 2509 28
25. Alabama 2394 23
26. South Carolina 2243 24
27. Iowa 2188 30
28. Louisiana 2184 25
29. Arkansas 2042 32
30.Kansas 1919 34
31. Connecticut 1843 29
32. Mississippi 1562 31
33. Montana 1551 44
34. West Virginia 1518 38
35. Idaho 1423 39
36. Nevada 1406 35
37. Utah 1316 33
38. New Hampshire 1192 42
39. Nebraska 1170 37
40. New Mexico 1161 36
41. Maine 978 41
42. Alaska 975 48
43. Wyoming 896 50
44. South Dakota 817 46
45. North Dakota 663 47
46. Rhode Island 613 43
47. New Jersey 565 11
48. Vermont 544 49
49. Delaware 350 45
50. Hawaii 300 40
51. Other Territories 117 n/a
52. District of Columbia 25 n/a
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