Special Report

States With the Most Gun Purchases Per Person

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30. Arkansas
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 49.2 per 1,000 (148,217)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 64.3 per 1,000 (25th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -45,444 (-23.5% — 9th largest decrease)
> Population: 3,011,873 (18th smallest)

29. Iowa
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 49.4 per 1,000 (155,708)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 61.0 per 1,000 (22nd fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -36,544 (-19.0% — 19th largest decrease)
> Population: 3,150,011 (20th smallest)

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28. Arizona
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 50.2 per 1,000 (359,807)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 55.5 per 1,000 (17th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -38,482 (-9.7% — 5th smallest decrease)
> Population: 7,174,064 (14th largest)

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27. Michigan
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 52.6 per 1,000 (524,177)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 67.9 per 1,000 (23rd most)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -153,348 (-22.6% — 10th largest decrease)
> Population: 9,973,907 (10th largest)

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26. Maine
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2022: 53.4 per 1,000 (71,608)
> Firearm background checks Jan.-Aug. 2021: 62.0 per 1,000 (23rd fewest)
> Change in background checks, first eight months year-to-date: -11,590 (-13.9% — 10th smallest decrease)
> Population: 1,340,825 (9th smallest)

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