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For Texans, the Second Amendment is first in their hearts. In a state known for open carry and campus carry, guns are for some a style statement.

Texans love guns enough that roughly 10.5 percent of all registered weapons in the country are registered in the Lone Star State.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives keeps track of gun registration, licensing and tracking data. In the agency’s 2016 report, released in March, Texas ranks at or near the top in just about every statistical category involving firearms licensing and registration.

And, Texas guns don’t just stay in Texas. The agency in 2015 traced 2,715 guns originating in Texas to other states, along with the 14,083 guns that originated in Texas and stayed in the state. The ATF didn’t have a similar statistic in the 2016 report.


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