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Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting Prompts Gun-Buying Binge Nationwide

Steve Neavling

The school shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary appears to be driving an unprecedented number of gun sales, the Atlantic Wire reports.

In fact, 9 of the 10 days with the most requests ever for FBI background checks occurred after the Dec. 14 shooting, according to the Atlantic Wire. And in Sandy Hook, home of the school shooting, gun permits have more than doubled.

On the day of the shooting, the FBI conducted 113,022 checks. The most was Dec. 21, when 177,170 background checks were conducted.

“America is buying guns at a rate that we’ve never seen before,” the Atlantic Wire wrote.

FBI Data: Background Checks for Gun Purchases Spiked After Connecticut School Shooting Last Month

Steve Neavling

In the month since a shooting at a school in Connecticut killed 20 children and six adults, gun purchases appear to be rapidly on the rise, Reuters reports.

Background checks for firearm purchases spiked since the Dec. 14 mass killing, Reuters wrote.

Of the 10 most popular days for background checks in the past five years, nine have come since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Reuters reported.

The FBI runs the National Instant Criminal Background System.

Gun Sales Hit Record in 2012; a Spike in Purchases Expected After School Shooting

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Steve Neavling 

People are buying guns in record numbers.

The FBI recorded nearly 17 million background checks of gun purchases in 2012, the most since the bureau began compiling the date in 1998, the Huffington Post reports.

Since the background checks don’t include multiple gun purchases, the number of guns sold this year are likely a lot higher, the Huffington Post wrote.

Experts expect last week’s school shooting in Connecticut to cause another spike in gun buys particularly as some members of Congress press to ban assault weapons.

But experts aren’t sure what caused the increase in gun ownership this year, the Huffington Post reported.