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These Are the States Where People Are Buying the Most Guns

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1. Alabama
> Firearm background checks, 2020: 1,085,475
> Firearm background checks, 2020 per 100,000 people: 22,138 (5th most)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 690,084
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 14,074 (5th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Jan 5: 379,593
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 7,742 (18th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jan 5.: 4,886
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 100 (24th most)
> Population: 4,903,185

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2. Alaska
> Firearm background checks, 2020: 98,952
> Firearm background checks, 2020 per 100,000 people: 13,526 (12th most)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 76,923
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 10,515 (11th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Jan 5: 48,560
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 6,638 (24th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jan 5.: 217
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 30 (4th fewest)
> Population: 731,545

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3. Arizona
> Firearm background checks, 2020: 665,458
> Firearm background checks, 2020 per 100,000 people: 9,143 (19th fewest)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 372,912
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 5,123 (15th fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Jan 5: 567,474
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 7,796 (16th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jan 5.: 9,317
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 128 (13th most)
> Population: 7,278,717

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4. Arkansas
> Firearm background checks, 2020: 324,741
> Firearm background checks, 2020 per 100,000 people: 10,761 (23rd most)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 221,344
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 7,335 (25th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Jan 5: 238,888
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 7,916 (12th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jan 5.: 3,836
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 127 (14th most)
> Population: 3,017,804

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5. California
> Firearm background checks, 2020: 1,601,054
> Firearm background checks, 2020 per 100,000 people: 4,052 (5th fewest)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 1,240,632
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 3,140 (7th fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Jan 5: 2,452,334
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 6,207 (18th fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jan 5.: 27,003
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 68 (13th fewest)
> Population: 39,512,223

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