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15 States Where Gun Sales Continue To Fall

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15. Connecticut
> Change in background checks Sep 2022-Oct 2022: -0.1% (-20)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 16,635 (19th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Sep 2022: 16,655 (19th fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -9.3% — 19th largest decrease (-20,203)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 195,943 (22nd fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 216,146 (23rd fewest)
> 2021 population: 3,605,597 (22nd smallest)

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14. Vermont
> Change in background checks Sep 2022-Oct 2022: -0.3% (-13)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 3,819 (4th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Sep 2022: 3,832 (4th fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -6.2% — 10th smallest decrease (-2,401)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 36,582 (3rd fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 38,983 (3rd fewest)
> 2021 population: 645,570 (2nd smallest)

13. Oklahoma
> Change in background checks Sep 2022-Oct 2022: -0.6% (-153)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 27,251 (25th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Sep 2022: 27,404 (25th fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -4.4% — 4th smallest decrease (-13,457)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 292,441 (25th most)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 305,898 (25th most)
> 2021 population: 3,986,639 (23rd smallest)

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12. Louisiana
> Change in background checks Sep 2022-Oct 2022: -1.1% (-297)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 26,767 (24th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Sep 2022: 27,064 (24th fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -6.4% — 13th smallest decrease (-18,791)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 275,482 (25th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 294,273 (25th fewest)
> 2021 population: 4,624,047 (25th largest)

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11. Mississippi
> Change in background checks Sep 2022-Oct 2022: -1.8% (-379)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 21,233 (23rd fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Sep 2022: 21,612 (23rd fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -5.4% — 7th smallest decrease (-12,514)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 221,228 (23rd fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 233,742 (24th fewest)
> 2021 population: 2,949,965 (17th smallest)

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