Background Checks for Gun Purchases Spike 10.5% in August

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | September 6, 2013 | 9:31 AM EDT

The number of background checks for gun purchases spiked 10.5 percent in the month of August, according to the latest numbers from the FBI.

Monthly background checks hit a record high of 2,783,765 in December 2012 as Congress debated new gun control measures.

Since then, background checks have steadily declined, increasing only slightly in the month of July with 1,283,912 completed.

The number of background checks in the month of August jumped to 1,419,088, or a 10.53% increase.

Since President Obama took office, the FBI has completed 77,425,750 background checks for gun purchases, or approximately 46,280 per day.

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