The USA has been hit so many time with gun violence, which makes the government amend laws on the right to self-defend. Today, owning a gun in the USA is expensive, even more so being a responsible gun owner. Moreover, there are various state permits for the use of a particular type of gun. You would also need a special permit for a concealed carry handgun. After doing some research I’ve written this article.
What is the Average Cost of Owning a Gun in the USA? The average cost of owning a basic handgun, some ammunition, accessories and other permit fees is nearly $1600. However, the price will vary significantly depending on your need and the permit fees set out by your state.
Average Cost of Owning a Gun in the USA
Here’s a rough estimate of what it would cost to a novice to become a law-abiding gun owner.
01. A Gun ($700)
The price of a gun would vary depending on your choice of firearms, but for the first-time buyers, they should go for entry-level ground such as a 9-millimeter handgun, which is lighter to hold and easier to fire. An entry-level handgun would typically cost between $500 to $700 excluding tax. For a cheaper alternative, you could opt to purchase a used gun which will cost you just within $300.
02. Ammunition ($200)
You would typically need two kinds of ammunition; one set for practice rounds and another set of hollow-points which you will use for self-defense. The hollow points are popular options as they expand upon contact. A set of 100 hollow-points will cost you between $40 and $60 and a set of 100 practice rounds will cost you around $30. To round up, you should expect to spend around $100 for your first buy. Handguns can come with both one or two magazines. If you got only one, a gun owner would recommend you to buy a couple more, costing your $30 to $40 a piece, so that you cut down on reloading time. It is also recommended to spend another $30 on speed loader so that you don’t have to do it manually. By now, your ammunition cost would be around $200.
03. Gun Accessories ($300)
When you have a gun, you need a holster which should cost you between $30 to $40; leather holster would be a little expensive around $60 to $70. Plus, a basic gun cleaning supplies or a cleaning kit will cost you nearly $30. Next, an entry-level portable gun safe would cost yours under $50. Stationary safes for a home that can store multiple firearms cost thousands. Gun owners would also recommend you to purchase a high-lumen light which is mounted on the handgun’s rail system. As most burglaries happen at night, you could use its added advantage to spot trespassers at night as well as blind them temporarily. However, it does cost bit, nearly $160.
04. Lessons fees ($300)
Many shooting ranges offer an introductory class to newbies for $100, where they cover gun’s operation, vocabulary, storage, safety, and marksmanship. A pair of the ear and eye protection comes at $40 in a bundle. As you will practicing frequently, you will have to pay for an annual range membership, which will cost between $250 to $350. The typical recommendation is to practice at least once a month which will cost your one or two practice rounds ammunition.
The most expensive side of owning a gun is the administrative fees which cost hundreds of dollars. To get a concealed handgun license, you have to pay hundreds of dollars.
Here’s a chart for concealed handgun license and permit fee in different states of USA
|Alabama||Concealed handgun license||$10-$30 depending on the county|
|Alaska||Concealed handgun permit||$40 as set by regulation|
|Arizona||Concealed handgun permit||$60|
|Arkansas||Concealed handgun license||$141.50|
|California||Handgun safety certificate||$25|
|California||Concealed handgun license||$44 state fee + local authority fee of $100 + fingerprinting + background check fees. Total fee: $200+)|
|Colorado||Concealed handgun permit||$52.50 + local authority fee of $100|
|Connecticut||Handgun eligibility certificate||$35|
|Connecticut||Pistols or revolvers permit||$140|
|Delaware||Concealed handgun license||$65|
|District of Columbia||Firearms registration (No permit for a concealed handgun)||$48|
|Florida||Concealed handgun license||$112|
|Georgia||Concealed handgun license||$75 avg. depending on the county|
|Hawaii||Permit to acquire (handguns and long guns)||$16.50|
|Hawaii||Concealed handgun license||$10|
|Idaho||Concealed handgun permit||$20|
|Illinois||Firearm owners’ identification card||$10|
|Indiana||Concealed handgun permit (4-year personal protection)||$40|
|Indiana||Concealed handgun permit (lifetime personal protection)||$100 – $125|
|Iowa||Permit to acquire handguns||$5-$11 avg. depending on the county|
|Iowa||Permit to carry handguns||$50|
|Kansas||Concealed handgun permit||$132.50|
|Kentucky||Concealed handgun permit||$60|
|Louisiana||Concealed handgun permit||$125|
|Maine||Concealed handgun permit||$35|
|Maryland||Permit to carry firearms||$75|
|Massachusetts||Class A license to carry large capacity guns||$100|
|Massachusetts||Class B license to carry non-large capacity guns||$100|
|Massachusetts||Firearms identification card of non-large capacity rifles and shotguns only||$100 (age 18+), $25 (minors)|
|Michigan||License to purchase handguns|
|Michigan||Concealed pistol license||$105|
|Minnesota||Permit to purchase or transfer handguns||No fee|
|Minnesota||Permit to carry a handgun||Under $100, depends on the county|
|Mississippi||Concealed handgun license||$100|
|Missouri||Concealed firearms permit||Under $100, depends on the county|
|Montana||Concealed weapons permit||$50|
|Nebraska||Concealed handgun permit||$100|
|Nevada||Concealed firearms permit||$60|
|New Hampshire||Concealed handgun permit||$10 (NH residents); $100 (non-residents)|
|New Jersey||Firearms purchaser identification card||$5|
|New Jersey||Permit to purchase a handgun||$2|
|New Jersey||Permit to possess and carry a handgun||$20|
|New Mexico||Concealed handgun license||$100|
|New York||License to purchase, possess, and carry||$10 for application processing|
|New York City||License to purchase, possess, and carry||$340 (handguns), $140 (rifles and shotguns)|
|North Carolina||Handgun purchase permit||$5|
|North Carolina||Concealed handgun permit||$80|
|North Dakota||Concealed handguns license||$45|
|Ohio||Concealed handguns license||$67|
|Oklahoma||Self Defense Act license||$100 (5 years) or $200 (10 years)|
|Oregon||Concealed handguns license||$65|
|Pennsylvania||Concealed handguns license||$20|
|Rhode Island||Concealed handguns license||$40|
|South Carolina||Concealed handguns permit||$50|
|South Dakota||Concealed pistol permit||$10|
|Tennessee||Handgun carry permit||$115|
|Texas||Concealed handgun license||$140|
|Utah||Concealed handgun permit||$46 (Utah residents); $51 (non-residents)|
|Virginia||Concealed handgun permit||Under $50 ($100 for non-residents)|
|Washington||Concealed pistol license||$52.50|
|West Virginia||Concealed handgun license||$100|
|Wisconsin||Concealed weapon license||$50|
|Wyoming||Concealed handgun permit||$74|
Are Assault Weapons Legal? Semi-automatic rifles (AR-15) are illegal in New Jersey and California. Carrying other guns require separate licensing processes.
Can I Buy Automatic Rifles? Yes, you can buy both semi-automatic and automatic rifles but owning these rifles is strictly regulated and is highly expensive.
Can You Carry a Gun Across State Lines? Yes, a person with a concealed-carry permit and a photo identification can carry a concealed gun across any state.
The average cost of owning a gun could be at least $1,600. Moreover, there are renewal fees, fingerprint fees and other expenses that may crop up in the future. More important than the cost is to adhere to the stringent laws of eating state. For example, to get a concealed carry permit of a handgun in Florida, you have to complete a firearms education course. First-time application in Illinois should undergo at least 16 hours of classroom training. Many states require new firearm owners to have at least 70% accuracy in hitting the target in the practice rounds. There are many such prerequisites, state laws and other requirements that make owning a gun in the USA a tough job.