If January is any indication, it looks like 2012 will be a banner year for gun sales, following a record 2011.
The FBI reports that there were 1,377,301 requests for background checks last month. Virtually every background check results in a gun sale.
In 2011 16,454,951 background checks were conducted, shattering the previous record set in 2010 by more than two million. That included 1,862,327 in December, a record for a single month.
January's number is a few thousand more than the average monthly background checks requested last year, so even though it is early, 2012 is on pace to equal or surpass 2011.
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Look for background checks and gun sales to skyrocket if President Obama wins reelection. That is what happened after he won in 2008, and even though Obama took no action against guns in his first term, gun owners are suspicious that he would reveal his alleged true anti-gun self in a second term.