Jan 7, 2016 8:30 PM

2015 held record breaking number of background checks in NH over gun sales


CONCORD - In N.H. last year, State Police conducted more than 50,000 background checks over gun sales.

Compare that to 10 years prior in 2005 when there were just 14,628 background checks.

On average 1 percent fail and are denied purchase.

Last month in December there were 8,135 background checks.

That is the most issued ever in one month for the Granite State.

December was when the mass shooting happened in San Bernardino, California.

State police say whenever there is a national or international violent or terror event, or a political stir over gun laws they see a jump in gun sales, and therefore a jump in background checks.

So far this month there have been 1,400 background checks making January on track for another record breaking month.

There are 10 Federal disqualifiers.

State police said the top three reasons people fail the background checks are because of misdemeanor domestic violence charges, they are a fugitive, or they have a prior felony or misdemeanor conviction that could carry a sentence of two years or more.

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