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More Gun Background Checks Being Done in WisconsinSubmitted: 12/28/2012
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - If background checks are any indication, Wisconsin's gun sales seem to be up.

Total sales figures for firearms don't exist, but a good yardstick 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 December 23rd than it did for the same period last year.

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 14th.

State figures show for the week of Dec. 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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