Rhode Island Reports Fewer Gun Sales per Capita Than Most States This Year


(The Center Square) –Americans have more guns than anywhere else in the world, and gun sales in the U.S. continue to eclipse those in any other country. This is true both in terms of gun ownership by person and absolute sales. America, without question, is the gun sales and gun ownership capital of the world.

The FBI has tracked gun background checks since the 1990s, and it reports the results in its Firearms Background Check Database. Background check figures, often used as a proxy for gun sales, have risen in most years — and they have risen much faster than the American population has.

Compared to the rest of the world, there are almost 400 million guns in the U.S — 1.2 per person — by far the most among all nations. By contrast, in Canada there are 0.34 guns per person. Gun violence levels in the U.S. are equally staggering. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were 45,041 gun deaths last year. Slightly more than half of those were suicides.

In Rhode Island, an estimated 17,100 guns were sold from January through July 2022 based on FBI background check data. Adjusted for population, this is equal to about 16.2 firearm sales for every 1,000 people, the fourth lowest gun sale rate among states.

Compared to the same seven-month period in 2021, gun sales have slowed in Rhode Island. An estimated 25,300 guns were sold in the state from January through July last year, 32.3% more than there have been this year.

Rank State Est. gun sales per 1,000 people; Jan-July 2022 Firearm background checks; Jan-July 2022 Est. gun sales per 1,000 people; Jan-July 2021 Firearm background checks; Jan-July 2021
50 Hawaii 7.7 10,950 6.9 9,761
49 New Jersey 10.8 95,697 17.0 151,141
48 New York 13.3 259,322 14.3 278,258
47 Rhode Island 16.2 17,097 23.9 25,261
46 Massachusetts 19.3 132,526 23.8 163,387
45 California 20.7 812,650 22.5 886,292
44 Nebraska 22.4 43,158 29.0 55,731
43 Maryland 22.5 135,997 28.2 170,047
42 Nevada 30.6 92,840 39.1 118,543
41 Georgia 32.7 343,966 49.4 519,142
40 Ohio 33.1 386,047 45.4 530,395
39 Texas 34.6 991,759 41.8 1,197,967
38 North Carolina 34.8 361,510 47.9 497,299
37 Kansas 37.5 109,269 47.2 137,411
36 Virginia 38.0 322,937 46.7 397,518
35 Delaware 39.5 38,241 44.3 42,905
34 Connecticut 40.3 143,723 50.6 180,514
33 Vermont 40.9 25,530 50.2 31,340
32 Florida 41.0 868,987 49.9 1,059,122
31 Louisiana 41.6 194,208 51.8 241,517
30 Arkansas 43.1 129,709 57.8 173,978
29 Arizona 44.1 316,018 50.3 360,924
28 Iowa 44.7 140,667 55.4 174,518
27 Michigan 46.2 461,270 61.2 610,029
26 Maine 46.6 62,506 55.3 74,104
25 South Carolina 47.1 239,709 58.9 299,794
24 New Mexico 47.4 99,349 57.1 119,756
23 Missouri 49.1 300,841 63.4 387,999
22 Mississippi 51.4 153,309 63.1 188,058
21 Oklahoma 52.7 208,191 63.2 249,508
20 Colorado 54.1 307,624 67.9 386,038
19 North Dakota 54.4 41,349 62.9 47,856
18 South Dakota 54.6 48,008 72.5 63,717
17 Oregon 55.5 231,636 65.9 275,189
16 Pennsylvania 55.8 713,491 67.5 863,914
15 New Hampshire 56.4 76,431 69.9 94,727
14 West Virginia 58.8 106,284 74.3 134,231
13 Washington 60.7 455,979 58.3 438,343
12 Wisconsin 62.4 362,292 78.4 455,437
11 Alaska 62.9 46,391 74.8 55,113
10 Wyoming 69.5 40,392 87.6 50,907
9 Tennessee 71.4 483,652 87.2 590,497
8 Montana 76.4 81,120 89.8 95,347
7 Idaho 78.6 137,864 95.5 167,472
6 Alabama 87.6 428,403 118.8 581,290
5 Minnesota 93.7 524,882 101.6 568,852
4 Indiana 105.8 708,359 185.8 1,244,066
3 Utah 188.0 592,276 232.9 733,790
2 Illinois 188.1 2,391,483 527.5 6,707,482
1 Kentucky 542.3 2,419,871 444.7 1,984,388

 

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