Special Report

States With the Most Gun Purchases Per Person

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35. Delaware
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 43.3 per 1,000 (41,895)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 49.5 per 1,000 (11th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -5,988 (-12.5% — 7th smallest decrease)
> Population: 967,679 (6th smallest)

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34. Connecticut
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 45.6 per 1,000 (162,653)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 55.6 per 1,000 (18th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -35,751 (-18.0% — 23rd largest decrease)
> Population: 3,570,549 (22nd smallest)

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33. Vermont
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 46.3 per 1,000 (28,931)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 56.0 per 1,000 (20th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -6,059 (-17.3% — 23rd smallestest decrease)
> Population: 624,340 (2nd smallest)

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32. Florida
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 46.6 per 1,000 (988,563)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 55.7 per 1,000 (19th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -192,362 (-16.3% — 17th smallest decrease)
> Population: 21,216,924 (3rd largest)

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31. Louisiana
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 47.5 per 1,000 (221,651)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 57.2 per 1,000 (21st fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -45,364 (-17.0% — 20th smallest decrease)
> Population: 4,664,616 (25th largest)

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