According to a report released by Guns & Ammo magazine, Arizona is the best state for gun owners in 2013, with states like Vermont and Alaska following close behind.
On March 14, Guns & Ammo magazine released their list of what they consider to be the best states for gun owners in America. The list was determined based on a system of 50 points from the following criteria:
CCW/Open Carry: Only states that don’t require a permit for concealed or open carry scored a perfect 10 in this category. Everybody else was judged accordingly.
MSRs: States with no restrictions on the kind, type or number of modern sporting rifles (ARs, AKs, etc.) that can be owned or purchased scored a 10 in this category.
Class 3/NFA: The majority of states allow their citizens to own Class 3/NFA-type firearms (machine guns, suppressors, short-barreled rifles, etc.), provided they follow the federal licensing standard, but not every state is yea or nay.
Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground: States’ scores were determined based on how strong your the law is regarding self-defense in and out of the home, and whether in the right you’re immune from civil prosecution.
Miscellaneous: How pro-gun the state culture is has a lot to do with scoring in this category. Scores are based on the percentage of gun owners in the state, if there are any restrictions on gun or ammunition purchases or magazine capacity, pending pro- or anti-gun legislation, CCW reciprocity, and any restrictions on guns that not covered in the other categories.
No state received a perfect score of 50 but at the top of the list was Arizona with a score of 49. Arizona is a state in which no permit is required to carry a handgun openly or concealed. Arizona's current gun laws, which are based on a system known as "Constitutional Carry" went into effect on July 29, 2010. Arizona was not the only high-scoring state. Vermont, which was ranked #2, also received 49 points and Alaska, Utah, and Kentucky (respectively ranked #3, #4, and #5) all received 48.
Some states did not do so well, however. To no surprise, Guns & Ammo made sure to include Washington D.C. as #51, giving it zero points. The states of New York and New Jersey were not too far ahead of D.C., each gaining only 7 points. Massachusetts, California, and Hawaii all ranked very low as well.
You can view the full list here to see where your state ranked on this list.