Special Report

States With the Most Gun Purchases Per Person

45. California
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 24.2 per 1,000 (951,008)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 25.6 per 1,000 (4th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -56,243 (-5.6% — 2nd smallest decrease)
> Population: 39,346,023 (the largest)

44. Nebraska
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 25.5 per 1,000 (49,088)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 32.4 per 1,000 (8th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -13,241 (-21.2% — 13th largest decrease)
> Population: 1,923,826 (14th smallest)

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43. Maryland
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 28.3 per 1,000 (171,099)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 31.3 per 1,000 (7th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -17,967 (-9.5% — 4th smallest decrease)
> Population: 6,037,624 (19th largest)

42. Nevada
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 34.7 per 1,000 (105,061)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 44.1 per 1,000 (9th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -28,483 (-21.3% — 12th largest decrease)
> Population: 3,030,281 (19th smallest)

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41. Georgia
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 36.9 per 1,000 (388,047)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 54.6 per 1,000 (16th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -186,284 (-32.4% — 4th largest decrease)
> Population: 10,516,579 (8th largest)

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