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The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 940,961 background checks on the sale of firearms in April, a 12 percent increase from 840,271 reported in April 2007. Adjusted state figures for April show background checks up 10.7 percent. Year-to-date figures reveal a total of 3,945,510 background checks reported by NICS. The increase coincides with an uptick in excise taxes reported by firearms and ammunition manufacturers, an increase in small-arms production and a slight increase in hunting license sales — all key economic indicators for the firearms industry.

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