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Feds carried out 27.5 million gun-related background checks in 2016, which is about 4.4 million more than 2015
BY: Stephen Gutowski
January 4, 2017 2:05 pm
The FBI ran 27.5 million gun-related background checks in 2016â€"about 4.4 million more than any other year on record.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 2,771,159 background checks in December, bringing 2016â€™s total to 27,538,673, according to FBI records posted on Wednesday. That dwarfs the firearms check record of 23,141,970 set the previous year.
NICS firearms background checks are considered an accurate metric of gun sales.
The FBI processed twice as many firearms checks in 2016, the last full year of President Obamaâ€™s administration, than it did in 2008, the year Obama was elected. During President Obamaâ€™s eight-year tenure, the FBI has processed 157,233,157 firearms checksâ€"61,249,149 more than the previous ten years.