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10 States Where 2022 Gun Sales Are Rebounding

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10. Missouri
> Change in background checks July 2022-Oct 2022: +6.4% (+2,519)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 41,961 (19th most)
> Firearm background checks, July 2022: 39,442 (21st most)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -10.7% — 16th largest decrease (-50,503)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 422,677 (21st most)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 473,180 (20th most)
> 2021 population: 6,168,187 (18th largest)

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9. Georgia
> Change in background checks July 2022-Oct 2022: +12.9% (+5,381)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 47,077 (15th most)
> Firearm background checks, July 2022: 41,696 (19th most)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -23.3% — 3rd largest decrease (-145,873)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 481,255 (17th most)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 627,128 (14th most)
> 2021 population: 10,799,566 (8th largest)

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8. West Virginia
> Change in background checks July 2022-Oct 2022: +16.1% (+2,209)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 15,952 (18th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, July 2022: 13,743 (16th fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -7.9% — 20th smallest decrease (-12,977)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 150,960 (16th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 163,937 (15th fewest)
> 2021 population: 1,782,959 (12th smallest)

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7. Montana
> Change in background checks July 2022-Oct 2022: +17.7% (+1,872)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 12,440 (13th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, July 2022: 10,568 (12th fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -1.9% — 3rd smallest decrease (-2,300)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 116,861 (12th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 119,161 (12th fewest)
> 2021 population: 1,104,271 (8th smallest)

6. Arkansas
> Change in background checks July 2022-Oct 2022: +19.1% (+3,124)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 19,519 (22nd fewest)
> Firearm background checks, July 2022: 16,395 (19th fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -12.9% — 11th largest decrease (-27,534)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 186,663 (19th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 214,197 (22nd fewest)
> 2021 population: 3,025,891 (18th smallest)

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