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15 States Where Gun Sales Continue To Fall

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10. Colorado
> Change in background checks Sep 2022-Oct 2022: -2.3% (-966)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 40,891 (20th most)
> Firearm background checks, Sep 2022: 41,857 (19th most)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -9.0% — 20th largest decrease (-42,829)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 435,502 (20th most)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 478,331 (19th most)
> 2021 population: 5,812,069 (21st largest)

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9. Utah
> Change in background checks Sep 2022-Oct 2022: -2.5% (-2,121)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 81,921 (7th most)
> Firearm background checks, Sep 2022: 84,042 (7th most)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -7.8% — 19th smallest decrease (-71,841)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 844,201 (8th most)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 916,042 (8th most)
> 2021 population: 3,337,975 (21st smallest)

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8. Texas
> Change in background checks Sep 2022-Oct 2022: -2.5% (-3,480)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 134,003 (3rd most)
> Firearm background checks, Sep 2022: 137,483 (3rd most)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -6.3% — 12th smallest decrease (-94,925)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 1,402,074 (3rd most)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 1,496,999 (3rd most)
> 2021 population: 29,527,941 (2nd largest)

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7. Alabama
> Change in background checks Sep 2022-Oct 2022: -3.4% (-1,866)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 53,721 (13th most)
> Firearm background checks, Sep 2022: 55,587 (12th most)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -16.4% — 8th largest decrease (-117,163)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 596,260 (13th most)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 713,423 (12th most)
> 2021 population: 5,039,877 (24th largest)

6. Iowa
> Change in background checks Sep 2022-Oct 2022: -3.9% (-555)
> Firearm background checks, Oct 2022: 13,761 (15th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Sep 2022: 14,316 (17th fewest)
> Change in background checks Jan-Oct 2021 to Jan-Oct 2022: -12.1% — 13th largest decrease (-25,396)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2022: 183,785 (18th fewest)
> Firearm background checks, Jan-Oct 2021: 209,181 (21st fewest)
> 2021 population: 3,193,079 (20th smallest)

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