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Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2006 - Statistical Tables

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Table 3. Number of firearm purchase applications received and denied by selected state agencies, 1999-2006
State agencies 2006   1999-2006
Applications   Denials Percent denied Applications   Denials Percent denied
California
376,073
3,731
1.0
%   
2,930,655
29,248
1.0
Colorado
161,366
4,959
3.1
   
1,123,483
45,037
4.0
 
Connecticuta
86,521
146
0.2
   
--
--
   
  Purchase permits  
25,044
14
0.1
   
--
--
 
  Instant checks
61,477
132
0.2
   
466,481
1,291
0.3
 
Delaware
10,575
330
3.1
   
80,157
3,440
4.3
 
Florida
360,909
8,621
2.4
   
2,299,771
54,437
2.4
 
Hawaiib
8,049
77
1.0
   
--
--
Illinoisa
387,914
8,276
2.1
   
3,152,937
57,365
1.8
 
  Purchase permits
225,594
7,336
3.3
   
1,872,530
47,928
2.6
 
  Instant checks
162,320
940
0.6
   
1,280,407
9,437
0.7
 
Maryland
28,287
486
1.7
   
219,066
3,859
1.8
 
Nevada
63,389
1,643
2.6
   
--
--
New Hampshirec
15,847
92
0.6
   
110,287
1,199
1.1
 
New Jerseya,b
73,143
795
1.1
   
628,907
7,160
1.1
 
    Purchase permits
34,227
705
2.1
   
331,374
6,248
1.9
 
  Instant checks
38,916
90
0.2
   
297,533
936
0.3
 
Oregon
145,774
2,509
1.7
   
891,928
18,330
2.1
 
Rhode Islandb
7,479
59
0.8
   
--
--
Utah
85,884
2,411
2.8
   
558,973
16,213
2.9
 
Virginia
224,149
2,330
1.0
   
1,608,709
20,018
1.2
 
Wisconsinc
38,715
666
1.7
   
269,988
4,177
1.5
 
Note: Each listed state reported complete statewide data for applications and denials in 2006.
Pennsylvania reported 398,830 instant checks for 2006, but the number denied is unavailable.
--Not available or Not applicable.
aConnecticut, Illinois, and New Jersey conduct checks on permit or identification card applicants and on firearm transfer applicants.
bHawaii and New Jersey permit checks and Rhode Island purchase checks are conducted by local agencies, but counts are reported by the state.
cCounts in this table include handguns only for these states.

See also Methodology.
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