US states with the most firearms background checks

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Americans bought 16.4 million guns in 2022, making it the third busiest year on record for firearm sales.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) conducted nearly 31.5 million checks in 2022, of which more than 16 million were for gun sales. This number is not inclusive of guns transferred or purchased by concealed carry permit holders in states that do not require NICS checks at the point of purchase. In fact, only about 40% of guns sold in the United States actually require a background check at the time of purchase, meaning the actual number of gun sales for 2022 is likely much higher.

Black Friday 2022 was the third-highest firearm sales day, surpassing the amounts sold on the same dates in 2020 and 2021, according to the FBI.

Each state has its own approach to gun ownership and registration, so we used Statista’s latest data report to determine which states have seen the highest increase in firearm-related background checks.

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Here are the states that have the highest number of registered guns in the country.

DC
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51. District of Columbia

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 16,102

Hawaii
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50. Hawaii

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 18,842

Providence, Rhode Island
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49. Rhode Island

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 27,900

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48. Vermont

Number of background checks done by the NICS per 100,000 residents in 2022: 44,722

Newark, Delaware
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47. Delaware

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 58,323

Wyoming
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46. Wyoming

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 70,276

Badlands, North Dakota
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45. North Dakota

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 72,458

Omaha, Nebraska
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44. Nebraska

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 75,084

Anchorage, Alaska
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43. Alaska

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 84,802

Rapids City, South Dakota
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42. South Dakota

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 87,589

Oxford, Maine
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41. Maine

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 114,090

New Hampshire
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40. New Hampshire

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 133,507

Montana
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39. Montana

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 141,803

Nevada
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38. Nevada

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 152,261

Jersey City, New Jersey
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37. New Jersey

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 167,740

New Mexico
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36. New Mexico

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 173,793

Kansas
Michael Pham

35. Kansas

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 191,895

West Virginia
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34. West Virginia

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 192,868

Iowa
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33. Iowa

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 218,703

Worcester, Massachusetts
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32. Massachusetts

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 227,928

connecticut
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31. Connecticut

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 230,702

Idaho
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30. Idaho

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 235,465

Forrest City, Arkansas
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29. Arkansas

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 239,350

Mississippi
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28. Mississippi

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 284,864

Antietam, Maryland
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27. Maryland

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 326,114

Louisiana
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26. Louisiana

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 344,808

Oklahoma
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25. Oklahoma

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 370,275

South Carolina
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24. South Carolina

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 423,098

New York
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23. New York

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 447,567

Oregon
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22.Oregon

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 495,842

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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21. Colorado

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 528,335

Chesterfield, Missouri
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20. Missouri

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 530,932

Arizona
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19. Arizona

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 533,699

Arlington, Virginia
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18. Virginia

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 567,504

Georgia
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17. Georgia

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 601,407

Charlotte, North Carolina
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16. North Carolina

Number of background checks done by the NICS per 100,000 residents in 2022: 612,695

Wisconsin
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15. Wisconsin

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 635,528

Ohio countryside
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14. Ohio

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 656,936

Kent, Washington
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13. Washington

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 706,260

Alabama
Sean Pavone/istockphoto

12. Alabama

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 739,113

Michigan
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11. Michigan

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 789,160

Tennessee
NathanMerrill

10. Tennessee

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 836,953

Minnesota
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9. Minnesota

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 891,044

Utah
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8. Utah

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 1,014,277

Indiana
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7. Indiana

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 1,105,040

pennsylvania
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6. Pennsylvania

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 1,229,129

California
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5. California

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 1,431,993

Florida highway
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4. Florida

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 1,474,730

Pecos, Texas
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3. Texas

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 1,732,651

Kentucky landscape
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2. Kentucky

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 4,016,510

Orland Park, Illinois
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1. Illinois

NICS background checks done by U.S. firearms licensees in 2022: 4,476,055

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