List of U.S. state firearms

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A state firearm has only been designated by six of the fifty States in the United States: Alaska, Arizona, Utah, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

In March 2011, Utah adopted the M1911 pistol as its state firearm. This gun was designed by Ogden, Utah native John Browning. The adoption was supported by Republican Utah State Representative Carl Wimmer, who said, "It does capture a portion of Utah's history" and "even bigger than that, it captures a portion of American history."[1] The adoption was opposed by Democratic Utah State Representative Brian King who said, "When we are talking about a state symbol we would do well to come up with one that is more unifying than divisive and this is a very divisive symbol for obvious reasons. This is just a poor choice for a state symbol".

In April 2011, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law which designated the Colt Single Action Army Revolver as Arizona's state firearm.[2]

In March 2012, Indiana adopted the Grouseland rifle as its state firearm. This rifle is kept at Grouseland, the home of President William Henry Harrison and was made between 1803 and 1812 by John Small, who later became the first sheriff in the state. "This rifle and its maker are both integral parts of Indiana history, and as such, the rifle is worthy of its designation as the Indiana State Rifle," said Senator John Waterman.[3]

In June 2014, Pennsylvania adopted the long rifle as its state firearm.[4]

In July 2014, Alaska adopted the pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 rifle as its state firearm. The bill, sponsored by Senate President Charlie Huggins, refers to the gun as the "rifleman's rifle." The bill says the gun helped Alaskans "establish a firm foothold" in the wilderness between 1930 and 1963.[5]

Table of state firearms[edit]

State Firearm Image Date of adoption Note
Alaska Alaska Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 2.jpg July 2014 [5]
Arizona Arizona Colt Single Action Army revolver 1956prime2.jpg April 2011 [2]
Indiana Indiana Grouseland Rifle March 2012 [6]
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Long rifle Kentucky's.jpg June 26, 2014 [4]
Utah Utah M1911 pistol Colt Model of 1911 U.S. Army b.png March 2011 [1]
West Virginia West Virginia Hall rifle Hall Rifle.jpg April 2013 [7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dobuzinskis, Alex (29 April 2011). "Utah becomes first in U.S. to designate official state gun". Reuters. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Schwartz, David (29 April 2011). "Arizona governor makes Colt revolver official state gun". Reuters. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Kelly, Niki (7 March 2012). "Antique firearm named state rifle". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Act of Jun. 26, 2014, P.L. 783, No. 73
  5. ^ a b Bohrer, Becky (30 July 2014). July 2014 "Parnell signs bill designating state gun" Check |url= scheme (help). Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. 
  6. ^ State of Indiana. "Indiana Code 1-2-13". Office of Code Revision Indiana Legislative Services Agency. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Legislature Adopts Rifle as Official W.Va. Firearm". WSAZ. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 

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External links[edit]

1. Official Website displaying photograph of the Grouseland Rifle: