Special Report

10 States Where 2022 Gun Sales Are Rebounding

5. Wisconsin
> Change in background checks July 2022-Oct 2022: +21.7% (+9,956)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 55,872 (12th most)
> Firearm background checks, July 2022: 45,916 (15th most)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -11.1% — 14th largest decrease (-65,120)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 519,837 (15th most)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 584,957 (16th most)
> 2021 population: 5,895,908 (20th largest)

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4. Maine
> Change in background checks July 2022-Oct 2022: +26.0% (+2,269)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 10,988 (12th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, July 2022: 8,719 (10th fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -1.9% — 2nd smallest decrease (-1,787)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 92,884 (10th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 94,671 (10th fewest)
> 2021 population: 1,372,247 (9th smallest)

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3. North Dakota
> Change in background checks July 2022-Oct 2022: +30.0% (+1,687)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 7,304 (7th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, July 2022: 5,617 (7th fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: +0.6% — 9th largest increase (+375)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 60,737 (7th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 60,362 (5th fewest)
> 2021 population: 774,948 (4th smallest)

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2. South Dakota
> Change in background checks July 2022-Oct 2022: +40.1% (+2,501)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 8,737 (9th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, July 2022: 6,236 (8th fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -10.0% — 17th largest decrease (-7,885)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 71,196 (9th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 79,081 (9th fewest)
> 2021 population: 895,376 (5th smallest)

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1. Maryland
> Change in background checks July 2022-Oct 2022: +67.1% (+14,520)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 36,145 (22nd most)
> Firearm background checks, July 2022: 21,625 (24th fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: +17.2% — 3rd largest increase (+35,567)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 242,526 (24th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 206,959 (20th fewest)
> 2021 population: 6,165,129 (19th largest)

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