FBI records state January was the second highest month on record for background checks. There were more than 2.4 million background checks done through the FBI's national instant criminal background check system known as NICS.
The data does not indicate how many weapons were purchased however, December 2012 was the number one record setting month with more than 2.7 million background checks.
The numbers initially spiked after the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut when President Obama began the push for new gun control measures.
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