Special Report

States With the Most Gun Purchases Per Person

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50. Hawaii
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 8.9 per 1,000 (12,669)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 8.1 per 1,000 (the fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: +1,236 (+10.8% — 2nd largest increase)
> Population: 1,420,074 (11th smallest)

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49. New Jersey
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 12.5 per 1,000 (111,132)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 18.8 per 1,000 (3rd fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -56,109 (-33.5% — 3rd largest decrease)
> Population: 8,885,418 (11th largest)

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48. New York
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 15.8 per 1,000 (309,056)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 16.0 per 1,000 (2nd fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -4,021 (-1.3% — the smallest decrease)
> Population: 19,514,849 (4th largest)

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47. Rhode Island
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 18.2 per 1,000 (19,240)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 26.1 per 1,000 (5th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -8,347 (-30.3% — 5th largest decrease)
> Population: 1,057,798 (7th smallest)

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46. Massachusetts
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 22.2 per 1,000 (152,606)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 26.8 per 1,000 (6th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -31,617 (-17.2% — 21st smallest decrease)
> Population: 6,873,003 (15th largest)

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