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Here’s How Many Guns Were Sold in Minnesota Last Month

imageForEntry14 e7eA 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 30,507 background checks related to firearm sales in Minnesota in January 2023, down 8.8% from the same period in 2022.

Adjusting for population, this comes out to about 5.3 background checks for every 1,000 people, the 23rd 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.

Rank State Background checks for gun sales; Jan. 2023 (per 1k people) Total firearm sale background checks; Jan. 2023 1-yr. change in background checks (%) Most common type of check
1 Oregon 13.1 55,581 88.7 Handguns
2 Alabama 9.7 49,349 -17.1 Handguns
3 Tennessee 9.4 66,170 7.3 Handguns
4 Wisconsin 8.6 50,957 0.8 Handguns
5 Idaho 8.6 16,752 8.4 Handguns
6 West Virginia 7.9 14,092 18.8 Long guns
7 Pennsylvania 7.8 100,769 9.0 Handguns
8 Montana 7.5 8,450 1.3 Handguns
9 New Hampshire 7.3 10,254 9.3 Handguns
10 Washington 7.1 55,586 7.9 Handguns
11 Wyoming 7.1 4,109 -9.8 Handguns
12 Illinois 7.0 88,501 19.4 Handguns
13 Colorado 7.0 40,766 0.6 Handguns
14 Alaska 6.7 4,949 3.5 Handguns
15 Maryland 6.5 39,819 133.6 Handguns
16 Mississippi 6.4 18,947 8.6 Handguns
17 North Dakota 6.4 5,013 1.6 Long guns
18 Oklahoma 6.3 25,438 2.7 Handguns
19 Missouri 6.3 38,808 5.6 Handguns
20 South Dakota 6.2 5,680 -9.6 Long guns
21 Utah 6.2 20,799 7.2 Handguns
22 New Mexico 6.1 12,849 9.1 Handguns
23 Michigan 5.9 58,839 6.0 Handguns
24 Indiana 5.7 38,830 1.5 Handguns
25 Maine 5.6 7,807 9.5 Handguns
26 South Carolina 5.5 28,831 4.1 Handguns
27 Connecticut 5.4 19,526 9.4 Handguns
28 Minnesota 5.3 30,507 -8.8 Handguns
29 Virginia 5.2 45,391 9.1 Handguns
30 Arkansas 5.1 15,623 2.8 Handguns
31 Arizona 5.1 37,666 14.9 Handguns
32 Vermont 5.0 3,244 2.4 Handguns
33 Kansas 4.9 14,537 4.6 Handguns
34 Florida 4.9 109,323 1.9 Handguns
35 Louisiana 4.8 22,056 -15.0 Handguns
36 North Carolina 4.8 50,876 6.8 Long guns
37 Kentucky 4.6 20,835 8.2 Handguns
38 Georgia 4.2 45,787 -0.2 Handguns
39 Ohio 4.1 47,866 -2.3 Handguns
40 Texas 4.0 121,594 2.0 Handguns
41 Delaware 3.9 4,006 -10.1 Handguns
42 Iowa 3.9 12,358 16.6 Long guns
43 Nebraska 3.1 6,176 6.7 Long guns
44 Nevada 3.1 9,771 -26.7 Handguns
45 Massachusetts 3.0 20,954 21.4 Handguns
46 California 2.4 95,050 3.6 Handguns
47 Rhode Island 1.9 2,059 -3.0 Handguns
48 New Jersey 1.8 16,745 28.2 Handguns
49 New York 1.4 27,662 0.5 Long guns
50 Hawaii 1.3 1,847 36.6 N/A
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