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These Are the States Where People Are Buying the Most Guns

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16. Kansas
> Firearm background checks, 2020: 249,589
> Firearm background checks, 2020 per 100,000 people: 8,567 (16th fewest)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 167,010
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 5,733 (19th fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Jan 5: 231,317
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 7,940 (10th most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jan 5.: 2,897
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 99 (25th most)
> Population: 2,913,314

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17. Kentucky
> Firearm background checks, 2020: 3,330,462
> Firearm background checks, 2020 per 100,000 people: 74,546 (the most)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 4,120,892
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 92,238 (the most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Jan 5: 280,836
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 6,286 (21st fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jan 5.: 2,772
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 62 (10th fewest)
> Population: 4,467,673

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18. Louisiana
> Firearm background checks, 2020: 430,537
> Firearm background checks, 2020 per 100,000 people: 9,261 (20th fewest)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 282,264
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 6,072 (23rd fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Jan 5: 326,648
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 7,027 (23rd most)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jan 5.: 7,635
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 164 (8th most)
> Population: 4,648,794

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19. Maine
> Firearm background checks, 2020: 137,149
> Firearm background checks, 2020 per 100,000 people: 10,203 (24th fewest)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 90,626
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 6,742 (25th fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Jan 5: 26,565
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 1,976 (3rd fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jan 5.: 369
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 27 (3rd fewest)
> Population: 1,344,212

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20. Maryland
> Firearm background checks, 2020: 302,563
> Firearm background checks, 2020 per 100,000 people: 5,005 (7th fewest)
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 148,813
> Firearm background checks in 2019 per 100,000 people: 2,461 (5th fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Jan 5: 289,758
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 4,793 (8th fewest)
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jan 5.: 6,082
> Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people as of Jan 5: 101 (23rd most)
> Population: 6,045,680

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