Special Report

States Where People Buy the Most Guns

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5. Minnesota
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 117.5
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 126.0 (6th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 670,402 (9th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 719,163 (11th most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -48,761 (-6.8% — 4th smallest decrease)
> 2021Population: 5,707,390 (22nd largest)

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4. Indiana
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 127.6
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 215.7 (4th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 868,444 (7th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 1,468,192 (4th most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -599,748 (-40.8% — 2nd largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 6,805,985 (17th largest)

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3. Utah
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 228.4
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 274.4 (3rd most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 762,280 (8th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 916,042 (8th most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -153,762 (-16.8% — 23rd largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 3,337,975 (21st smallest)

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2. Illinois
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 248.0
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 590.4 (2nd most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 3,142,673 (the most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 7,481,507 (the most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -4,338,834 (-58.0% — the largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 12,671,469 (6th largest)

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1. Kentucky
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 667.9
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 605.5 (the most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 3,012,023 (2nd most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 2,730,364 (2nd most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: +281,659 (+10.3% — the largest increase)
> 2021Population: 4,509,394 (25th smallest)

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