Special Report

This Is the State Selling the Fewest Guns

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10. Maine
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2022: 44,111
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2021: 57,104 (10th least)
> Change in sales, first five months year-to-date: -12,993 (-22.8% — 21st smallest decline)
> Population: 1,340,825 (9th smallest)

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9. South Dakota
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2022: 35,773
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2021: 51,000 (9th least)
> Change in sales, first five months year-to-date: -15,227 (-29.9% — 8th largest decline)
> Population: 879,336 (5th smallest)

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8. Nebraska
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2022: 32,632
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2021: 44,133 (8th least)
> Change in sales, first five months year-to-date: -11,501 (-26.1% — 17th largest decline)
> Population: 1,923,826 (14th smallest)

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7. Alaska
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2022: 32,938
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2021: 42,078 (7th least)
> Change in sales, first five months year-to-date: -9,140 (-21.7% — 15th smallest decline)
> Population: 736,990 (3rd smallest)

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6. Wyoming
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2022: 29,093
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2021: 39,238 (6th least)
> Change in sales, first five months year-to-date: -10,145 (-25.9% — 18th largest decline)
> Population: 581,348 (the smallest)

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