Special Report

American Gun Sales Collapse in 47 States

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47. New York
> Change in background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021 to Jan.-Aug. 2022: -1.3% (-4,021)
> Firearm background checks, Jan.-Aug. 2022: 309,056 (22nd most)
> Firearm background checks, Jan.-Aug. 2021: 313,077 (23rd most)
> Population: 19,514,849 (4th largest)

46. California
> Change in background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021 to Jan.-Aug. 2022: -5.6% (-56,243)
> Firearm background checks, Jan.-Aug. 2022: 951,008 (5th most)
> Firearm background checks, Jan.-Aug. 2021: 1,007,251 (6th most)
> Population: 39,346,023 (the largest)

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45. Minnesota
> Change in background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021 to Jan.-Aug. 2022: -7.2% (-46,367)
> Firearm background checks, Jan.-Aug. 2022: 598,080 (9th most)
> Firearm background checks, Jan.-Aug. 2021: 644,447 (12th most)
> Population: 5,600,166 (22nd largest)

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44. Maryland
> Change in background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021 to Jan.-Aug. 2022: -9.5% (-17,967)
> Firearm background checks, Jan.-Aug. 2022: 171,099 (23rd fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan.-Aug. 2021: 189,066 (20th fewest)
> Population: 6,037,624 (19th largest)

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43. Arizona
> Change in background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021 to Jan.-Aug. 2022: -9.7% (-38,482)
> Firearm background checks, Jan.-Aug. 2022: 359,807 (19th most)
> Firearm background checks, Jan.-Aug. 2021: 398,289 (21st most)
> Population: 7,174,064 (14th largest)

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