Special Report

This Is the Year Americans Bought the Most Guns

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1998 (December only)
> Total FBI firearm checks: 892,840 — the lowest

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1999
> Total FBI firearm checks: 9,138,123 — 8th lowest

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2000
> Total FBI firearm checks: 8,543,037 — 4th lowest

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2001
> Total FBI firearm checks: 8,910,191 — 6th lowest

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2002
> Total FBI firearm checks: 8,454,322 — 2nd lowest