American Gun Sales Continue To Boom

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  1. 313Chris Forum Veteran

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    Gun background checks: February is third-biggest month ever

    March 02 NEW YORK

    February was the third-biggest month on record for gun background checks, according to data released Wednesday by the FBI.

    Background checks, which the FBI conducts every time someone tries to buy a gun from a federally licensed dealer, rose to 2.6 million in February, according to the bureau.

    February's total falls short of the record set in December, 2015, when 3.3 million background checks were recorded.

    The second biggest month was in December, 2012, the month of the Sandy Hook school massacre that killed 26, when the FBI logged 2.8 million checks.

    Background checks, which are conducted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, often spike after mass shootings. This is partly because gun buyers fear for their safety, and partly because they're wary that the crimes might result in more gun control.

    There were two high profile mass shootings in February. One at a lawnmower factory in Kansas and another allegedly involving an Uber driver in Michigan.

    2015 was a record year for background checks since the FBI started tracking them in 1998.
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    I'm pro-2nd amendment rights, but I'm on the fence about background checks.
    The background checks are done on typically law abiding citizens, who are now marked in the system.
    Criminals or mentally ill, don't leave a paper trail, when they buy a gun on the street.

    "BACKGROUND CHECKS. There has been a national background check system in place since 1998. Every time a person buys a gun from a federally licensed gun dealer – which is the overwhelming majority of all gun purchases – they go through a federal background check. Study after study has shown that very few criminals are stupid enough to try and pass a background check – they get their guns from friends/family members or by stealing them. So the overwhelming majority of people who go through background checks are law-abiding gun owners. When the system was created, gun owners were promised that it would be instant, accurate and fair. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case today. Too many states are failing to put criminal and mental health records into the system – and it should go without saying that a system’s only going to be as effective as the records that are put into it. What we need to do is fix the system we have and make it work as intended. What we don’t need to do is expand a broken system."
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