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Wis. background checks for gun purchases increase

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Wisconsin gun sales seem to have increased recently, if background checks are any indication.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports total sales figures for firearms don't exist. But a good measure is the number of background checks when a gun is purchased.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice's background check hotline for handgun purchases has handled 60 percent more calls year to date as of December23 than it did for the same period last year. And the total number of calls this year has far surpassed all of 2011.

There also appeared to be a spike after the Connecticut shooting December 14.

State figures show for the week of December 9 to 15, the hotline handled more than 3,700 calls. That number jumped to nearly 6,000 the week after.

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