Here’s how many guns were sold in Georgia last month

Here's how many guns were sold in Georgia last month

A shooting at Michigan State University in February left three students dead and five injured. The incident, one of the nation’s seemingly endless stream of large-scale gun violence, prompted Michigan State Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks to indicate that the state legislature would be taking action soon to initiate stricter gun control. Among the policies Brinks suggested is more stringent background checks. (These are the states with the loosest gun laws.)

In January, about 2.6 million firearm background checks were initiated in the United States, according to data compiled by the FBI, a slight increase from January 2022, when 2.5 million checks were conducted. Background checks are often used as a proxy for measuring gun sales in the U.S.

The FBI conducted an estimated 45,787 background checks related to firearm sales in Georgia in January 2023, down 0.2% from the same period in 2022.

Adjusting for population, this comes out to about 4.2 background checks for every 1,000 people, the 13th fewest among states. The largest share of background checks in the state were for sales of handguns.

It is important to note that there are a number of reasons background checks are initiated that are clearly not tied to the sale of a gun, such as pawn shop transactions and rentals. These and other background check classifications unrelated to firearm sales were excluded from analysis. A full explanation of our methodology is available here.

RankStateBackground checks for gun sales; Jan. 2023 (per 1k people)Total firearm sale background checks; Jan. 20231-yr. change in background checks (%)Most common type of check
1Oregon13.155,58188.7Handguns
2Alabama9.749,349-17.1Handguns
3Tennessee9.466,1707.3Handguns
4Wisconsin8.650,9570.8Handguns
5Idaho8.616,7528.4Handguns
6West Virginia7.914,09218.8Long guns
7Pennsylvania7.8100,7699.0Handguns
8Montana7.58,4501.3Handguns
9New Hampshire7.310,2549.3Handguns
10Washington7.155,5867.9Handguns
11Wyoming7.14,109-9.8Handguns
12Illinois7.088,50119.4Handguns
13Colorado7.040,7660.6Handguns
14Alaska6.74,9493.5Handguns
15Maryland6.539,819133.6Handguns
16Mississippi6.418,9478.6Handguns
17North Dakota6.45,0131.6Long guns
18Oklahoma6.325,4382.7Handguns
19Missouri6.338,8085.6Handguns
20South Dakota6.25,680-9.6Long guns
21Utah6.220,7997.2Handguns
22New Mexico6.112,8499.1Handguns
23Michigan5.958,8396.0Handguns
24Indiana5.738,8301.5Handguns
25Maine5.67,8079.5Handguns
26South Carolina5.528,8314.1Handguns
27Connecticut5.419,5269.4Handguns
28Minnesota5.330,507-8.8Handguns
29Virginia5.245,3919.1Handguns
30Arkansas5.115,6232.8Handguns
31Arizona5.137,66614.9Handguns
32Vermont5.03,2442.4Handguns
33Kansas4.914,5374.6Handguns
34Florida4.9109,3231.9Handguns
35Louisiana4.822,056-15.0Handguns
36North Carolina4.850,8766.8Long guns
37Kentucky4.620,8358.2Handguns
38Georgia4.245,787-0.2Handguns
39Ohio4.147,866-2.3Handguns
40Texas4.0121,5942.0Handguns
41Delaware3.94,006-10.1Handguns
42Iowa3.912,35816.6Long guns
43Nebraska3.16,1766.7Long guns
44Nevada3.19,771-26.7Handguns
45Massachusetts3.020,95421.4Handguns
46California2.495,0503.6Handguns
47Rhode Island1.92,059-3.0Handguns
48New Jersey1.816,74528.2Handguns
49New York1.427,6620.5Long guns
50Hawaii1.31,84736.6N/A

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