USA Today reports firearm background checks dipped in January amid tight supplies of guns after a buying surge followed the Connecticut school massacre in December and lawmakers’ subsequent attempts to ban some weapons, according to FBI figures released Tuesday. Last month, 2,495,440 reviews of gun sales and permits to carry were conducted under the National Instant Criminal Background Checks, which began in 1998. That’s a 10 percent dip from the 2,783,765 checks conducted in December.
The Associated Press found steeper declines in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The biggest drops — nearly 33 percent — came in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, which had registered some of the biggest increases in November when President Obama was re-elected. The FBI set a one-week record after the killings of 20 students and six educators Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The week after, Obama and lawmakers proposed expanding checks and banning military-style semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines.