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Rankings - Guns

1. Vermont 2. Wyoming 3. Arizona 4. Alaska 5. New Hampshire 6. South Dakota 7. Georgia 8. Kentucky 9. Alabama 10. Tennessee 11. Virginia 12. North Dakota 13. Colorado 14. West Virginia 15. Kansas 16. Maine 17. Indiana
18. Idaho 19. Washington 20. Pennsylvania 21. Utah 22. Nevada 23. Montana 24. Mississippi 25. South Carolina 26. Oregon 27. Oklahoma 28. New Mexico 29. Missouri 30. Ohio 31. Texas 32. Arkansas 33. North Carolina 34. Nebraska
35. Wisconsin 36. Michigan 37. Louisiana 38. Florida 39. Minnesota 40. Iowa 41. Delaware 42. New York 43. Connecticut 44. Maryland 45. Illinois 46. New Jersey 47. Massachusetts 48. Rhode Island 49. California 50. Hawaii

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We score all 50 states on over 200 policies encompassing fiscal policy, regulatory policy, and personal freedom. We weight public policies according to the estimated costs that government restrictions on freedom impose on their victims.

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The Authors

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William P. Ruger

William P. Ruger is Vice President of Policy and Research at the Charles Koch Institute and Charles Koch Foundation. Ruger is the author of the biography Milton Friedman and a coauthor of The State of Texas: Government, Politics, and Policy. His work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Armed Forces and Society, and other outlets. Ruger earned an AB from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in politics from Brandeis University. He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

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Jason Sorens

Jason Sorens is Lecturer in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. His primary research interests include fiscal federalism, public policy in federal systems, secessionism, and ethnic politics. His work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Peace Research, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and other academic journals, and his book Secessionism: Identity, Interest, and Strategy was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2012. Sorens received his BA in economics and philosophy, with honors, from Washington and Lee University and his PhD in political science from Yale University.