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FBI: Record Gun Sales In 2012

January 02, 2013  | 

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr.
Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

The FBI conducted just under 2.8 million background checks in December for those wishing to purchase firearms, which helped make 2012 a record year for gun sales.

For the year, the FBI conducted 19.6 million background checks, which was a nearly 20% increase over 2011.

The 2.8 million checks in December were more than 1 million more than December of 2011, reports MarketWatch.

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Frank @ 1/3/2013 4:55 PM

Thank You President Obama and your Administration for increasing the sale of firearms and cleaning the shelfs off of ammunition and hi-cap magazines in this country. FFL dealers have had record sales since you have taken office. Most gun clubs have increased their membership by 60% in the last three years. My grand mother now wants me to instruct her on the proper handling of a firearm. You have succeeded in striking fear into many sheep in the USA. The days of cheap gas are over and so is a box of 50-9mm ammo. IDPA and USPSA has tripled their match particpants in the last three years to the point of matches lasting until 4:00 pm. So my question is how much revenue to you think is generated by the entire firearms industry? So take some of that revenue and improve the licensing and background checks. While your at it go after Hollywood and the video game maufacturers too.

Tom Ret @ 1/4/2013 12:50 PM

This buying spree should tell Obama that a large portion of the population does not want to reinstitute the assault rifle ban. The left does not seem to fathom that the hardcore criminals will ignore any new gun laws as they ignore the current ones. This administration is the ultimate hypocrite when it talks of gun bans after being involved in gun running via the Fast N Furious fiasco.

Morning Eagle @ 1/4/2013 12:51 PM

These indisputable figures and the overall trend should give this clueless administration a clear picture of what they are going to be faced with when they start trying to disarm legitimate gun owners. The firearms industry generates multiple billions of dollars, tens of thousands or more of jobs, and huge tax revenues. It doesn't seem logical that the millions of people buying guns and getting training are doing so with the intention of meekly turning them over to government goons just because an illegitimate wanna-be dictator writes an unconstitutional executive order saying they have to. The politicians living in their insulated inside-the-beltway bubble have become so disconnected from their constituents that they don’t really comprehend the scale and reality of the conflagration they are flirting with. If they continue to refuse to wake up and don’t back off it isn’t going to be pretty.

Steve @ 1/4/2013 1:49 PM

How about someone finding out (and then posting on PM) how many of those 19.6 million background checks were turned down!!! Probably not enough!

John @ 1/4/2013 7:15 PM

How about doing your own homework?

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