January 12, 2013

FBI data on background checks show brisk gun sales last month

Firearms purchases spike in Maine and nationally after the Dec. 14 school tragedy revives debate about restrictions.

By Eric Russell erussell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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“It’s well worth it, in my opinion,” Smith said.

Jasen Pelletier at Hussey’s General Store in Windsor said he has been asked to do a background check on a private sale just once or twice.

“Most private sellers will just go ahead and sell and save the $30,” he said.

In general, December is a busy month for background checks because of Christmas sales.

In the last decade, the average increase in background checks from November to December has been about 19 percent nationally.

In Maine, with the exception of 2012, that increase has been much smaller. In some years, the number actually has decreased from November to December.

October, historically, has been the busiest month in Maine because it is immediately before hunting season, Smith said.

“We get a boost at hunting season and then we get a holiday boost,” Pelletier said. “In mid-February, things pick up once people get tax refunds.”

Asked whether he expects to see a surge when the Obama administration proposes new gun control measures, Pelletier said, “I don’t know what’s left to see. Most of those popular guns and ammo have been wiped out.”


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