Gun sales surged in December

by Aaron Smith  |  published on January 8, 2015

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FBI background checks, the most reliable measure of gun sales, surged in December, capping a year that experienced strong growth in the last three months.

Background checks totaled more than 2.3 million in December, according to the FBI, compared to about 2 million in the same period in 2013.

While sales increased nationwide, there were sporadic reports of a spurt in people buying guns after local incidents of violence.

Gun shop owners in the St. Louis area, for instance, reported a spike in sales in the days following protests and rallies after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri in August.

There was another wave of protests and riots in November after a grand jury declined to indict the officer, and gun shop owners again reported a spike in sales.

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