Special Report

How Many Guns Americans Bought this Year in Every State

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Virginia
> Firearm background checks Jan 1-Nov 30, 2020: 753,479
> Firearm background checks Jan 1-Nov 30, 2020 per 100,000 people: 8,828 (22nd fewest)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 512,766
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 6,007 (22nd fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Dec 8: 262,730
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Dec 8: 3,078 (7th fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Dec 8.: 4,260
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Dec. 8: 50 (13th fewest)
> Population: 8,535,519

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Washington
> Firearm background checks Jan 1-Nov 30, 2020: 707,741
> Firearm background checks Jan 1-Nov 30, 2020 per 100,000 people: 9,294 (24th fewest)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 607,170
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 7,973 (20th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Dec 8: 184,404
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Dec 8: 2,422 (6th fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Dec 8.: 2,941
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Dec. 8: 39 (7th fewest)
> Population: 7,614,893

West Virginia
> Firearm background checks Jan 1-Nov 30, 2020: 241,148
> Firearm background checks Jan 1-Nov 30, 2020 per 100,000 people: 13,456 (10th most)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 206,196
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 11,506 (8th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Dec 8: 57,060
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Dec 8: 3,184 (8th fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Dec 8.: 870
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Dec. 8: 49 (11th fewest)
> Population: 1,792,147

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Wisconsin
> Firearm background checks Jan 1-Nov 30, 2020: 670,079
> Firearm background checks Jan 1-Nov 30, 2020 per 100,000 people: 11,509 (15th most)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 435,685
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 7,483 (23rd most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Dec 8: 418,446
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Dec 8: 7,187 (5th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Dec 8.: 3,806
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Dec. 8: 65 (21st fewest)
> Population: 5,822,434

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Wyoming
> Firearm background checks Jan 1-Nov 30, 2020: 81,648
> Firearm background checks Jan 1-Nov 30, 2020 per 100,000 people: 14,107 (9th most)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 61,291
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 10,590 (10th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Dec 8: 37,475
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Dec 8: 6,475 (8th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Dec 8.: 280
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Dec. 8: 48 (10th fewest)
> Population: 578,759