It's no secret that Montanans have a love of firearms, especially when it comes to hunting and protecting their families and property. Since demand for firearms is high in the state, it's no surprise we have a pretty large number of shops dedicated to selling them. We have so many, in fact, that we rank number 2 in the nation in the number of gun shops.

Only Wyoming ranks higher than Montana.

According to a study by 24/7 Wall Street, Montana contains 924 gun stores, which is about 87 for every 100,000 people. Billings has the most gun stores of any other city in the state at 65. To most people outside of Montana, that may seem like way too much, but Wyoming has something to say about these numbers.

According to the same exact study, Wyoming contains 10 more stores per 100,000 people than Montana does, even though they have fewer overall total stores. This is just a direct result of the smaller population Wyoming has, however, most folks in Montana know that Wyomingites are just as fond of firearms as Montanans are.

Other firearm stats related to Montana.

Along with the large number of gun stores in Montana, 64% of households in the Treasure State own at least one firearm, and laws are some of the loosest in the country here in Big Sky Country.

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Regardless of your opinion on guns, Montana's numbers are quite large, and we're proud of it here. How many firearms do you own? Do you have any unique firearms that you enjoy? Let us know on social media.

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