Special Report

States Where People Buy the Most Guns

50. Hawaii
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 9.9
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 9.1 (the fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 14,240 (the fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 13,107 (the fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: +1,133 (+8.6% — 2nd largest increase)
> 2021Population: 1,441,553 (11th smallest)

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49. New Jersey
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 13.5
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 19.6 (3rd fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 125,049 (14th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 181,478 (17th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -56,429 (-31.1% — 3rd largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 9,267,130 (11th largest)

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48. New York
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 17.4
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 17.7 (2nd fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 345,234 (22nd most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 351,254 (23rd most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -6,020 (-1.7% — 2nd smallest decrease)
> 2021Population: 19,835,913 (4th largest)

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47. Rhode Island
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 19.3
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 27.4 (4th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 21,154 (2nd fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 30,020 (2nd fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -8,866 (-29.5% — 5th largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 1,095,610 (7th smallest)

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46. Massachusetts
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 24.4
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 29.1 (6th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 170,173 (20th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 203,042 (18th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -32,869 (-16.2% — 23rd smallest decrease)
> 2021Population: 6,984,723 (15th largest)

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