Special Report

States With the Most Gun Purchases Per Person

40. Ohio
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 37.2 per 1,000 (434,073)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 50.4 per 1,000 (12th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -154,067 (-26.2% — 6th largest decrease)
> Population: 11,675,275 (7th largest)

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39. Texas
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 39.5 per 1,000 (1,130,588)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 46.9 per 1,000 (10th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -211,633 (-15.8% — 14th smallest decrease)
> Population: 28,635,442 (2nd largest)

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38. North Carolina
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 39.5 per 1,000 (410,573)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 53.0 per 1,000 (15th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -139,859 (-25.4% — 7th largest decrease)
> Population: 10,386,227 (9th largest)

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37. Kansas
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 42.6 per 1,000 (123,997)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 52.8 per 1,000 (14th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -29,690 (-19.3% — 16th largest decrease)
> Population: 2,912,619 (16th smallest)

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36. Virginia
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 43.0 per 1,000 (365,727)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 52.1 per 1,000 (13th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -77,702 (-17.5% — 24th largest decrease)
> Population: 8,509,358 (12th largest)

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