With background checks over Thanksgiving weekend at record-breaking levels and Christmas gun sales underway, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) predicts background checks for 2013 will hit one million.
That is over 200,000 more background checks than were done in 2012 and nearly 400,000 more than were done in 2011.
According to WKMG Local 6, “there were nearly 13,500 background checks conducted the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.” This is up from the 13,200 that were conducted on the same two days in 2012.
For December alone there were already 40,000 background checks by the 15th.
It is important to note that background checks are done per purchaser, not per firearms sold. This means one million background checks does not mean only one million guns; it could mean three million guns or more as each purchaser may buy multiple firearms.
There are nearly 1.2 million concealed carry license holders in Florida.
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