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Background checks for guns climb dramatically in Indiana

May 8, 2016

New statistics show that the number of people in Indiana who are trying to buy firearms has climbed dramatically this year.

FBI statistics show that retailers performed more than 730,000 background checks in the first four months of 2016. That's more than double the 302,672 checks conducted during the same period last year. It puts Indiana on a pace to shatter last year's record of more than 1 million background checks.

Background checks for gun purchases have increased every year in Indiana since 2004, but not at such a fast pace.

Experts say increase may be due at least in part to growing fears of violent crime as well as heightened concern about gun control during an election year.

Nationally, the FBI found that the number of background checks so far this year is 34 percent higher than during the same period last year.

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