Gun background checks reach record highs in December, January

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      Vince Coglianese

      Vince Coglianese is the executive editor of The Daily Caller.

      His reporting has received wide coverage, including in the pages of The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Drudge Report, among others. Vince has appeared as a guest on the Fox News Channel, CNN and CNBC, as well as other cable news networks. Additionally, Vince has been a guest on "The Sean Hannity Radio Show," Sirius XM''s "The Press Pool with Julie Mason," "The Schnitt Show" and Glenn Beck's TheBlaze TV.

      Prior to joining TheDC, Vince was the Web Editor for, and a radio talk show host for The Talk Station (WTKF/WJNC) in Morehead City, N.C.

FBI data released Tuesday show that federal gun background checks reached their second highest monthly total ever in January, eclipsed only by December 2012.

2,495,400 background checks were conducted in January, according to the Bureau, representing an explosion in American gun sales.

December produced a record 2,783,765 gun background checks nationwide.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System — or NICS — began tracking the data in 1998, according to CNN.

The robust increase in gun sales follows news of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December and an Obama administration effort to restrict certain types of gun purchases in the wake of the tragedy.

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