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Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2007 - Statistical Tables

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Table 3. Number of firearm purchase applications received and denied by selected state agencies, 1999-2007
State agencies 2007   1999-2007
Applications   Denials Percent denied Applications   Denials Percent denied
California 370,662 4,296 1.2 %    3,301,317 33,544 1.0
Colorado 160,756 4,852 3.0     1,284,239 49,889 3.9  
Connecticuta 93,314 115 0.1      
  Purchase permits   26,909 17 0.1      
  Instant checks 66,405 98 0.1     532,886 1,389 0.3  
Delaware 10,343 419 4.1     90,500 3,859 4.3  
Florida 405,738 7,972 2.0     2,705,509 62,409 2.3  
Hawaiib 8,835 83 0.9    
Illinoisa 399,729 8,781 2.2     3,552,666 66,146 1.9  
  Purchase permits 238,805 7,922 3.3     2,111,335 55,850 2.6  
  Instant checks 160,924 859 0.5     1,441,331 10,296 0.7  
Maryland 31,005 631 2.0     250,071 4,490 1.8  
Nevada 61,053 1,558 2.6    
New Hampshirec 17,328 139 0.8     127,615 1,338 1.0  
New Jerseya,b 71,601 765 1.1     700,508 7,949 1.1  
    Purchase permits 33,400 693 2.1     364,774 6,941 1.9  
  Instant checks 38,201 72 0.2     335,734 1,008 0.3  
Oregon 145,775 2,460 1.7     1,037,703 20,790 2.0  
Rhode Islandb 7,511 38 0.5    
Tennessee 232,296 8,014 3.4     1,746,855 76,230 4.4  
Utah 86,330 2,518 2.9     645,303 18,731 2.9  
Virginia 225,287 2,224 1.0     1,833,996 22,242 1.2  
Wisconsinc 38,849 572 1.5     308,837 4,749 1.5  
Note: Each listed state reported complete statewide data for applications and denials in 2007.
Pennsylvania reported 391,774 instant checks for 2007, 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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