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Gun background checks surge 36 percent this year
WASHINGTON -- FBI background checks for gun purchases have surged by more than a third this year, compared to the first quarter of 2015. It puts 2016 is on track to surpass last year's record of 23 million background checks. The FBI reported record monthly tallies for March, February and January. Background checks, also known as NICS for National Instant Criminal Background Check System, totaled 7,682,141 in the first quarter this year.