The number of background checks of potential gun purchasers by the Federal Bureau of Investigation hit an all-time high in December, the bureau reported Wednesday.
The bureau’s NCIS program processed 2,783,765 background checks in December, but the number of firearms purchased was probably much higher.
Laws concerning what type of guns require background checks differ from state to state , so the numbers "do not represent the number of firearms sold," the FBI said. "Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale."
The total FBI background checks for the year reached a total of 19,592,303; also a record high.
More than 160 million background checks have been made since requirements to conduct them kicked in about 14 years ago.
The number of background checks has increased every year since 2003, when about 8.5 million background checks were conducted.
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