Special Report

States Where People Buy the Most Guns

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35. Virginia
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 47.3
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 56.5 (13th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 408,792 (18th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 488,208 (18th most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -79,416 (-16.3% — 24th largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 8,642,274 (12th largest)

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34. Connecticut
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 49.7
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 59.9 (18th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 179,308 (22nd fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 216,146 (23rd fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -36,838 (-17.0% — 22nd largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 3,605,597 (22nd smallest)

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33. Florida
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 50.4
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 59.9 (17th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 1,097,772 (4th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 1,305,111 (5th most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -207,339 (-15.9% — 20th smallest decrease)
> 2021Population: 21,781,128 (3rd largest)

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32. Vermont
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 50.8
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 60.4 (20th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 32,763 (3rd fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 38,983 (3rd fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -6,220 (-16.0% — 22nd smallest decrease)
> 2021Population: 645,570 (2nd smallest)

31. Iowa
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 53.2
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 65.5 (22nd fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 170,024 (19th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 209,181 (21st fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -39,157 (-18.7% — 17th largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 3,193,079 (20th smallest)

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