Special Report

States Where People Buy the Most Guns

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30. Louisiana
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 53.8
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 63.6 (21st fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 248,715 (25th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 294,273 (25th fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -45,558 (-15.5% — 19th smallest decrease)
> 2021Population: 4,624,047 (25th largest)

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29. Arizona
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 55.0
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 60.2 (19th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 400,279 (19th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 438,322 (21st most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -38,043 (-8.7% — 6th smallest decrease)
> 2021Population: 7,276,316 (14th largest)

28. Arkansas
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 55.2
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 70.8 (25th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 167,144 (18th fewest)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 214,197 (22nd fewest)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -47,053 (-22.0% — 9th largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 3,025,891 (18th smallest)

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27. Michigan
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 58.3
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 74.5 (23rd most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 585,567 (11th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 748,584 (9th most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -163,017 (-21.8% — 10th largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 10,050,811 (10th largest)

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26. South Carolina
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2022: 59.2
> Firearm background checks per 1,000 residents, Jan-Sep 2021: 71.4 (24th most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2022: 307,098 (23rd most)
> Firearm background checks Jan-Sep 2021: 370,614 (22nd most)
> Change in background checks, first nine months, year-to-date: -63,516 (-17.1% — 21st largest decrease)
> 2021Population: 5,190,705 (23rd largest)

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