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Monday, January 07, 2013

Background checks for gun purchases rise sharply

The number of FBI background checks for new gun purchases rose sharply after the December massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to news reports issued today.

Even in Connecticut where strong gun control laws are already on the books, the number of background checks spiked sharply by nearly 10,000 after the shooting rampage that killed 20 children and six adults.

The number of background checks the FBI is requested to conduct for new gun purchases is used as a key indicator of the popularity of gun ownership in the country.

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