Firearm Background Checks Up 60-Percent From 2011

The numbers of Wisconsinites undergoing background checks to buy guns has increased by a whopping 60-percent from last year. The Justice Department said its hotline for doing background checks for firearms purchases had almost 133-thousand calls as of Sunday. It only received 89-thousand calls for all of last year. And these numbers don’t include people who buy their guns from private parties or gun shows – because those buyers are not required to have background checks. For the week of December 16th, there were 22-hundred more requests for checks – indicating that lots of people bought guns in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings, and the possibility of new gun control laws next year. Earlier this week, gun dealers in far northwest Wisconsin reported a large increase in purchases of assault rifles – after some politicians have again called to ban those. Dana Brueck of the Justice Department said the fall season has been busier in general.