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Gun background checks drop by 10 percent in January

By Eileen Sullivan and Jack Gillum

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 05:57 a.m. HST, Feb 05, 2013


WASHINGTON » The number of federal background checks for firearm sales declined last month following a surge in gun sales toward the end of the year that's left many retailers out of stock as Washington considered new gun control measures.

An Associated Press analysis of new FBI data published early today shows the National Instant Criminal Background Check system processed more than 2.78 million checks in December. That was a 12-month peak following an upward trend through last fall. The number fell to 2.48 million in January, still greater than any other month last year.

Firearms sales exploded around the country in the wake of the deadly December shooting spree in Newton, Conn., that left 27 dead, mostly children. The rush to buy guns has left many retailers out of stock.

"You can't do a background check if a guy doesn't have a gun to buy," said Mike Fotia, manager at Duke's Sport Shop in New Castle, Pa. "There's nothing to buy."

Fotia said manufacturers and wholesalers can't fill orders right now because demand is so high.

The number of background checks does not represent the number of firearms purchased, but gun manufacturers use these statistics to measure the health of the gun industry in the U.S.

The 10 percent drop between December and January comes amid a fierce national debate on gun control after the horrific school shooting in Newtown. The number of background checks dropped 26 percent during the same time period a year earlier. Sales typically decrease in January after the holiday shopping rush is over.

Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi saw the largest declines in background checks from December to January, by about one-third.







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tiki886 wrote:
Obama is the Greatest Salesman of firearms the world has ever known!
on February 5,2013 | 05:57AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Every year January sales are less than December sales. This year it was 10% less. The year before it was 26% less. In other words, this year sales were much stronger than last year even though many retailers were out of stock. The story reports a seasonal trend as though it had a different significance.
on February 5,2013 | 08:44AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Running out of stock because of the huge rush on gun sales, especially AR15 models and other semi-automatic rifles is not what most people think of as "gun control". But give Barry some props for causing prices to triple which is, of course, stimulative to the economy. By the time Congress passes some ineffective feel good measures, the number of additional weapons in private hands will be over a million units. Nice job, guys.
on February 5,2013 | 08:42AM
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