Background checks for gun sales at record high in 2015

Background checks for gun sales at record high in 2015
Credit: Lynn Hey/News & Record via AP

A record number of firearms background checks were conducted by the FBI in 2015 — equating roughly to 44 checks every minute.

The FBI reported Monday that the agency conducted a total of 23,141,970 checks last year, eclipsing the previous record of nearly 21.1 million checks set in 2013. News of the record-setting year comes as President Obama is expected to announce executive orders expanding background check requirements.

The background checks are conducted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for gun purchases from federal firearms licensees and for permits to carry guns. While the checks serve as an indicator of gun sale trends in the U.S., each check does not always equate to a sale.

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