Background checks for individuals purchasing firearms have increased in 48 of the 50 states and in Washington, D.C. in 2012, according to data compiled by the FBI.
When comparing the total number of background checks completed from January through November of 2011 and 2012, all but two states saw increases in gun sales. Nationally, background checks are up 15 percent through the first 11 months of 2012.
Utah reported a decline of 80 percent, and Iowa, a decline of 22 percent. The state of Wisconsin saw the largest year-to-year increase with sales jumping 62 percent. Even in the nation’s capital, a city known to be tough on guns, saw an increase of 44 percent.