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79,016

December 16, 2015

Even though New Jersey has just about the strictest gun laws in the nation, 79,016 people have legally tried to buy a gun here according to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. When someone tries to buy a gun through a Federal Firearm Licensee, the purchaser is immediately run through a background check. New Jersey requires background checks in order to legally purchase a gun.

Although the more than 80,000 people who will choose to purchase a gun this year (the 79,016 does not include December) may sound like a lot, it is a far smaller number than other states. For instance, in Connecticut, which has a smaller population, there have already been 271,077 background checks. There have been 2.9 million gun checks thus far in Kentucky. In the United States overall, there have been 19.8 million checks thus far this year.

As the FBI points out on its website, these numbers do not represent how many guns have been sold, since every state has different background-check laws and every gun purchase scenario may be different. (Someone may want to buy several guns at once, for instance.) It also does not include illegal gun sales.

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