FBI gun background checks hit record highs
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January 3rd, 2013
03:02 AM ET

FBI gun background checks hit record highs

By Carol Cratty

The FBI performed nearly 2.8 million background checks on people wanting to buy guns in December, a record month that capped a record year.

The numbers from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System on Wednesday did not show how many firearms buyers actually took home from federally licensed gun stores. Some purchasers may have bought more than one weapon.

Data is made publicly available, but the FBI but does not generally try to explain increases in the number of checks.

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    I can agree with "the right to bear arms" but with limits! No civilian should be allowed to own "military style" assult weapons with high capacity magazines and bullets designed for no other purpose than killing people. Hollow round and military grade ammunition should not be on the market!
    No sportsman hunts wildlife with a semi automatic weapon. Personal and property protection cannot be accomplished with a high powered military style assult weapon. A pistol is quicker to deploy in any emergency situation where fast response matters. A pistol is a deterent, not a mass killing machine! Most people couldn't hit the "broad side of a barn" with a hand gun anyway, so actual killings would be minimal. However, returned fire would end the threat.
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