Illinois Gun Background Checks Jump

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ Background checks conducted ahead of gun
sales in Illinois have almost doubled since Friday’s school
shootings in Connecticut.
Illinois State Police information provided to The Associated
Press shows that 12,557 checks were conducted through the state’s
Firearms Transfer Inquiry Program between Friday and Tuesday. There
were 6,870 checks during the same period a year earlier.
Gun sellers like John Thurman say guns are being bought for both
protection and out of concern that further restrictions on firearm
ownership are ahead after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., left 28
people dead. Thurman owns Bullet Express in Auburn in central
Another factor possibly contributing to gun sales in Illinois is
the Dec. 11 court decision striking down the state’s ban on
concealed weapons.

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