FBI firearm background checks plunge from record pace

FBI firearm background checks are down sharply from their record 2016 pace — although almost one in four states across the country appear to be buying guns as if Hillary Clinton won the election.

Through June 30, the FBI has undertaken 1.2 million fewer firearm background checks than in 2016, putting this year on pace for the biggest annual drop-off in checks since the bureau started collecting the data in 1998, according to the bureau’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

While background checks don’t exactly track gun sales, analysts say they’re a good barometer for the direction of the market. FULL ARTICLE

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