Special Report

States Where People Buy the Most Guns

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40. Ohio
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 40.8
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 54.7 (12th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 480,585 (14th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 644,917 (13th most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -164,332 (-25.5% — 6th largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 11,780,017 (7th largest)

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39. Texas
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 42.9
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 50.7 (10th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 1,268,071 (3rd most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 1,496,999 (3rd most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -228,928 (-15.3% — 16th smallest decrease)
> 2021Population: 29,527,941 (2nd largest)

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38. North Carolina
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 43.1
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 57.2 (14th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 454,493 (16th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 603,914 (15th most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -149,421 (-24.7% — 7th largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 10,551,162 (9th largest)

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37. Delaware
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 45.3
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 52.2 (11th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 45,450 (4th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 52,352 (4th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -6,902 (-13.2% — 9th smallest decrease)
> 2021Population: 1,003,384 (6th smallest)

36. Kansas
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 47.0
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 58.1 (16th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 137,858 (17th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 170,476 (16th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -32,618 (-19.1% — 16th largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 2,934,582 (16th smallest)

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