Special Report

This Is the State Where Gun Sales Are Surging

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5. Alabama
> Firearm background checks per capita YTD, August 2021: 132.1 for every 1,000 people
> Firearm background checks YTD, August 2021: 647,523 — 11th most
> Firearm background checks in 2020: 1,085,475 — 9th most
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 690,084 — 9th most
> YoY change from 2019 to 2020: 57.3% — 16th highest
> Firearm deaths in 2019: 21.8 for every 100,000 people — 4th most

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4. Indiana
> Firearm background checks per capita YTD, August 2021: 202.5 for every 1,000 people
> Firearm background checks YTD, August 2021: 1,363,127 — 3rd most
> Firearm background checks in 2020: 1,935,587 — 4th most
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 1,450,565 — 4th most
> YoY change from 2019 to 2020: 33.4% — 10th lowest
> Firearm deaths in 2019: 14.1 for every 100,000 people — 19th most

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3. Utah
> Firearm background checks per capita YTD, August 2021: 258.8 for every 1,000 people
> Firearm background checks YTD, August 2021: 829,624 — 8th most
> Firearm background checks in 2020: 1,216,773 — 8th most
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 823,270 — 8th most
> YoY change from 2019 to 2020: 47.8% — 21st lowest
> Firearm deaths in 2019: 11.9 for every 100,000 people — 19th fewest

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2. Kentucky
> Firearm background checks per capita YTD, August 2021: 528.2 for every 1,000 people
> Firearm background checks YTD, August 2021: 2,359,658 — 2nd most
> Firearm background checks in 2020: 3,330,462 — 2nd most
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 4,120,892 — 2nd most
> YoY change from 2019 to 2020: -19.2% — the lowest
> Firearm deaths in 2019: 14.9 for every 100,000 people — 17th most

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1. Illinois
> Firearm background checks per capita YTD, August 2021: 563.0 for every 1,000 people
> Firearm background checks YTD, August 2021: 7,134,045 — the most
> Firearm background checks in 2020: 7,455,065 — the most
> Firearm background checks in 2019: 4,949,570 — the most
> YoY change from 2019 to 2020: 50.6% — 25th highest
> Firearm deaths in 2019: 10.7 for every 100,000 people — 14th fewest