Firearm sales increase in 48 of 50 states

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.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Proof

    “Background checks for individuals purchasing firearms have increased in 48 of the 50 state” But didn’t that noted firearms expert Bob Costas tell us recently that 40% of guns purchases have no background checks? Those must be two awfully busy states!

    • Rob

      Bob Costas is a shining example of why sports journalists should stick to sports.

      • Proof

        I dunno. He did a pretty good job of shooting himself in the foot and then took the time to reload! Heh.