Background checks spike as election nears

Not shocking, right?

From the Washington Times:

Federal gun background checks increased year-over-year for the 18th consecutive month in October amid several high-profile attacks and Donald Trump’s repeated warnings that Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System ran about 2.3 million checks in October, up 18 percent compared to October 2015.

Gun transactions continue to break records under President Obama, who analysts said spurred fears of future restrictions on which firearms gun owners could buy. The increases in recent months also could be due to the presidential debates, in which Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee, has warned that gun rights are at stake in the election.

There was a similar surge of NICS checks in October 2008 and October 2012 — the last two presidential elections.

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