Special Report

This Is the State Selling the Fewest Guns

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45. Pennsylvania
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2022: 514,706
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2021: 663,784 (6th most)
> Change in sales, first five months year-to-date: -149,078 (-22.5% — 20th smallest decline)
> Population: 12,794,885 (5th largest)

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44. California
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2022: 567,788
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2021: 643,982 (7th most)
> Change in sales, first five months year-to-date: -76,194 (-11.8% — 6th smallest decline)
> Population: 39,346,023 (the largest)

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43. Utah
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2022: 419,349
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2021: 535,733 (8th most)
> Change in sales, first five months year-to-date: -116,384 (-21.7% — 16th smallest decline)
> Population: 3,151,239 (21st smallest)

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42. Michigan
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2022: 338,699
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2021: 477,863 (9th most)
> Change in sales, first five months year-to-date: -139,164 (-29.1% — 10th largest decline)
> Population: 9,973,907 (10th largest)

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41. Alabama
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2022: 315,047
> Firearm background checks Jan-May 2021: 442,955 (10th most)
> Change in sales, first five months year-to-date: -127,908 (-28.9% — 11th largest decline)
> Population: 4,893,186 (24th largest)

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