Background checks for individuals purchasing firearms eased in the month of January, according to data compiled by the FBI.
In January, the number of background checks completed was 2,483,230, or a 10.5 percent decrease from their robust December level when the FBI reported 2,776,105 background checks throughout the United States. This was an increase of 39 percent from the prior month.
Compared to January of 2012 however, background checks are up 81 percent. Last year, total background checks for the month January were 1,368,816, or 1,114,414 less than this month.
Illinois saw the largest month-to-month decrease, with background checks dropping 33 percent. Iowa followed with a decline of 24 percent.
Mississippi saw the largest month-to-month increase at 37 percent.
The top five states that experienced the largest January increases are as follows:
1. Mississippi, 37%
2. Alabama, 31%
3. Louisiana, 29%
4. Oregon, 25%
5. Tennessee, 24%
Each time an individual purchases a firearm, the gun dealer must call the FBI to complete an instant criminal background check.