Gun background checks drop 10 percent in January
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, taken with a fisheye lens, customers line up at the gun counter at Duke's Sport Shop in New Castle, Pa. The FBI posted new data for gun background checks covering through January 2013 that says gun checks *dropped* more than 10 percent nationwide, from roughly 2.8 million in December 2012 to 2.5 million in January 2013. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of federal background checks for firearms sales declined in the U.S. last month, as retailers continue to run out of guns to sell during a buying spree driven by Washington's new focus on gun control.
Background checks decreased 10 percent nationally between December and January, with large declines in the Southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia as well as Texas, according to an Associated Press analysis of new FBI data published Tuesday.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:00 am.