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The States Where Gun-Related Crimes Are Surging

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19. Kentucky
> 1-yr. change in guns traced by the ATF: +13.9%
> Guns traced by the ATF: 6,764 in 2021; 5,941 in 2020
> Most commonly traced firearms, 2021: 9mm, .40 cal, & .380 cal (60.9% of annual total)
> Most commonly traced firearms, 2020: 9mm, .40 cal, & .380 cal (59.5% of annual total)
> 1-yr. change in firearm background checks: +15.5%
> Firearm background checks: 3,848,061 in 2021, 3,330,462 in 2020

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18. Indiana
> 1-yr. change in guns traced by the ATF: +14.0%
> Guns traced by the ATF: 10,316 in 2021; 9,049 in 2020
> Most commonly traced firearms, 2021: 9mm, .40 cal, & .22 cal (65.1% of annual total)
> Most commonly traced firearms, 2020: 9mm, .40 cal, & .22 cal (60.4% of annual total)
> 1-yr. change in firearm background checks: -6.2%
> Firearm background checks: 1,815,531 in 2021, 1,935,587 in 2020

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17. New Mexico
> 1-yr. change in guns traced by the ATF: +14.1%
> Guns traced by the ATF: 4,060 in 2021; 3,557 in 2020
> Most commonly traced firearms, 2021: 9mm, .22 cal, & .40 cal (58.0% of annual total)
> Most commonly traced firearms, 2020: 9mm, .40 cal, & .40 cal (56.6% of annual total)
> 1-yr. change in firearm background checks: -5.5%
> Firearm background checks: 194,989 in 2021, 206,252 in 2020

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16. South Carolina
> 1-yr. change in guns traced by the ATF: +14.7%
> Guns traced by the ATF: 10,661 in 2021; 9,295 in 2020
> Most commonly traced firearms, 2021: 9mm, .40 cal, & .380 cal (64.6% of annual total)
> Most commonly traced firearms, 2020: 9mm, .40 cal, & .380 cal (61.2% of annual total)
> 1-yr. change in firearm background checks: -8.6%
> Firearm background checks: 485,487 in 2021, 530,930 in 2020

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15. Kansas
> 1-yr. change in guns traced by the ATF: +16.7%
> Guns traced by the ATF: 4,273 in 2021; 3,661 in 2020
> Most commonly traced firearms, 2021: 9mm, .40 cal, & .22 cal (61.8% of annual total)
> Most commonly traced firearms, 2020: 9mm, .40 cal, & .22 cal (59.8% of annual total)
> 1-yr. change in firearm background checks: -7.8%
> Firearm background checks: 230,168 in 2021, 249,589 in 2020

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