Over 23,000,000 background checks for guns in 2015

Over 23,000,000 background checks for guns in 2015

According to FBI data posted Monday, there were 23,141,970 background checks for guns in 2015, and it is a new record. That beats the prior record of 21,093,273 in 2013.

Last year was probably a record year for gun sales. FBI background checks are conducted for all gun sales that go through a federally licensed dealer, which is how the majority of guns are sold.

December was the first month to surpass 3 million since the FBI started tracking background checks in 1998, There were exactly 3,314,594 checks. It’s also the month that two terrorists fatally shot 14 people in San Bernardino.

Prior to that, the record month was December 2012, when 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The shooting prompted a strong push for gun control by President Obama and congressional Democrats.

The purpose of the checks is to screen potential buyers for felony convictions, mental illness, history of domestic violence and drug abuse.

Obama failed to get his gun bill through Congress, though many states have imposed their own gun control restrictions in the wake of mass shootings, including Connecticut, Colorado and New York.

Obama plans to take executive action in the next few days to expand background checks. CNN is hosting a town hall with Obama on Thursday where he will discuss his gun control plan.

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