Special Report

This Is the Year Americans Bought the Most Guns

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2008
> Total FBI firearm checks: 12,709,023 — 11th lowest

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2009
> Total FBI firearm checks: 14,033,824 — 12th lowest

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2010
> Total FBI firearm checks: 14,409,616 — 12th highest

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2011
> Total FBI firearm checks: 16,454,951 — 11th highest

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2012
> Total FBI firearm checks: 19,592,303 — 10th highest