Special Report

These Are the States Where People Are Buying the Most Guns

Methodology

To determine how many guns are purchased in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed firearm registrations in every state between Jan. 1 and Dec. 30, 2020 from The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). 

The background check data is widely used as the best available proxy for gun sales, but checks and sales are not equal. According to the NICS: “These statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS. They do not represent the number of firearms sold. Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale.” 

We compiled data from state and local health departments and calculated cumulative and per 100,000 COVID-19 cases for every state as of January 5.

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