Special Report

States Where People Buy the Most Guns

45. California
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 27.5
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 28.6 (5th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 1,077,529 (5th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 1,123,955 (6th most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -46,426 (-4.1% — 3rd smallest decrease)
> 2021Population: 39,237,836 (the largest)

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44. Nebraska
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 27.7
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 34.9 (8th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 54,297 (7th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 68,593 (7th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -14,296 (-20.8% — 13th largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 1,963,692 (14th smallest)

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43. Maryland
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 33.5
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 33.6 (7th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 206,381 (24th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 206,959 (20th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -578 (-0.3% — the smallest decrease)
> 2021Population: 6,165,129 (19th largest)

42. Nevada
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 36.9
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 46.6 (9th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 115,944 (13th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 146,628 (13th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -30,684 (-20.9% — 12th largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 3,143,991 (19th smallest)

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41. Georgia
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 40.2
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 58.1 (15th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 434,178 (17th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 627,128 (14th most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -192,950 (-30.8% — 4th largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 10,799,566 (8th largest)

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