Posted May 9, 2016 12:54 pm by Comments

By Jenn Jacques

Tim and Becky Smith browse the selection of handguns Wednesday at Midwest Gun Exchange in Mishawaka. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Tim and Becky Smith browse the selection of handguns Wednesday at Midwest Gun Exchange in Mishawaka. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Following the national trend on gun sales, Indiana is sighted in on obliterating last year’s record background check numbers.

According to the FBI, retailers performed more than 730,000 criminal background checks through April, dwarfing the total of 302,672 in the first four months of 2015 and putting the state well ahead of the pace that led to a record of more than 1 million background checks for gun purchases through the end of last year.

Indiana State Police statistics appeared to also show more local people seeking licenses to carry handguns, as the 1,258 new licenses issued in St. Joseph County through March were on pace to surpass the 2,285 licenses issued in the county for all of 2015.

In the Hoosier state, background checks for gun purchases have increased every year since 2004, but the spike through April this year is by far the greatest yet. Background checks and licenses do not always reflect purchases and can leave out some cases, such as purchases from private sellers at gun shows, but local retailers say they have seen a considerable increase in both sales and …Read the Rest

Source:: Bearing Arms

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