Background checks performed by the FBI on those hoping to purchase a firearm have risen, sometimes dramatically, throughout the country in the past five years.
Ohio matched the trend, as the state broke its record for monthly background checks in each of the final two months of 2012, with 74,534 in November and 102,531 in December. Ohio ranked seventh nationally for 2012, far behind leader Kentucky (2.59 million).
Required by law since Novermber 1998, the checks set a national record for the eighth straight year in 2012, when 19,592,702 were performed. That was a 54 percent increase from five years earlier.
Firearm background checks, 2012
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