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States With the Most Gun Purchases Per Person

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5. Minnesota
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 106.8 per 1,000 (598,080)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 115.1 per 1,000 (6th most)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -46,367 (-7.2% — 3rd smallest decrease)
> Population: 5,600,166 (22nd largest)

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4. Indiana
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 117.9 per 1,000 (789,792)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 203.5 per 1,000 (4th most)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -573,335 (-42.1% — 2nd largest decrease)
> Population: 6,696,893 (17th largest)

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3. Utah
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 215.2 per 1,000 (678,238)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 263.3 per 1,000 (3rd most)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -151,386 (-18.2% — 22nd largest decrease)
> Population: 3,151,239 (21st smallest)

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2. Illinois
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 218.0 per 1,000 (2,771,745)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 561.0 per 1,000 (the most)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -4,362,300 (-61.1% — the largest decrease)
> Population: 12,716,164 (6th largest)

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1. Kentucky
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 600.9 per 1,000 (2,681,024)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 528.8 per 1,000 (2nd most)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: +321,366 (+13.6% — the largest increase)
> Population: 4,461,952 (25th smallest)

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