Every 1.6 seconds, an American buys a gun

gun-showAfter analyzing data compiled by the FBI, Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr. of CNSNews.com has come to the conclusion that Americans are buying guns every 1.6 seconds.

Since Jan. 1, 2012, the FBI has logged 21,947,062 background checks on individuals purchasing firearms.

Here’s how Gwyn-Williams did the math:

There are 397 days between Jan. 1, 2012, and Jan. 31 2013 (2012 was a leap year).

Those 397 days equate to 9,528 hours or 571,680 minutes or 34,300,800 seconds.

If you divide the 34,300,800 seconds by the 21,947,062 background checks completed, it works out to one background check for every 1.56 seconds.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System was created by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 and launched by the FBI on Nov. 30, 1998. Federal firearms licensees use the system to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms or explosives.

According to the FBI website, a salesperson calls in a check to the FBI or to other designated agencies to ensure the customer does not have a criminal record or isn’t otherwise ineligible to make a purchase. More than 700,000 denials have been issued out of over 100 million such checks made in the last decade.


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