Study: Gun sales in Utah grew faster than any other state over the past decade

In this Saturday, June 29, 2019, photo, Cindy Bullock, Timpanogos Academy secretary, participates in shooting drills at the Utah County Sheriff's Office shooting range during the teacher's academy training, in Spanish Fork Canyon, Utah. About 30 teachers in Utah are spending their summer learning how to stuff wounds and shoot guns as part of a training held by police to prepare educators for an active shooter scenario in their schools. (AP Photo/ Rick Bowmer)

Over the past ten years, gun sales in Utah have grown faster than any other state, according to an FBI study and a Salt Lake Tribune report.

Between 2009 and 2018, Utah's gun sales grew by 80.4%, according to the FBI study.

Despite having the fastest growth, Utah is ranked 16th in the nation for total gun sales per person in 2018 with 82.8 sales per 100,000 residents.

Washington D.C. actually had the highest percentage with a whopping 643.2% growth in the past decade, but D.C. also had the lowest gun sales per person meaning any gun sale will cause the percentage to spike, which it did.

Other states that saw the fastest growth:

  • New Hampshire - 72.1%
  • Illinois - 71.2%
  • Delaware - 59.3%
  • Vermont - 59.2%
  • Maine - 55.8%

Other stats from the report show Utah is tied for the seventh-highest rate of suicide by gun.