NICS Background Checks Double

shooting rangeThe number of National Instant Check System (NICS) requests conducted by the FBI has doubled nationwide in the past 10 years, according to the bureau. During those same ten year, violent crime has steadily declined in the USA.

While the FBI does not track actual gun sales, the increase in NICS requests indicates a growing number of gun owners in the United States. In 2002, there were 8.5 million checks performed, but that number has spiked to 16.8 million in 2012.

Many attribute the rise in checks to the growing popularity of hunting and other gun-recreation uses, according to…

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