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In this Jan. 11, 2018 photo, a semi-automatic rifle at right that has been fitted with a so-called bump stock device to make it fire faster sits on a table at the Washington State Patrol crime laboratory in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has called for a ban on bump stocks and a Washington state Legislature Senate committee held a public hearing Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 on several bills related to guns, including measures to prohibit high-capacity magazines and to ban bump stocks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Federal gun background checks jumped 14 percent in February



WASHINGTON (Circa) - The FBI Monday reported an increase in federal gun background checks of 14 percent in February, a spike that may be in line with a run on guns amid a new debate over gun control laws in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The FBI processed 2,333,193 background checks through the National Instant Criminal Check System (NICS) in February, compared to 2,030,530 in January.

It's unclear how many of those checks were conducted after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Feb. 14.

Gun manufactures saw a jump in stocks after the shooting, Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson's parent company, American Outdoor Brands, rose 2.8 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively Feb. 15.

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However, in the weeks following the shooting, those same companies saw a dip in the stock market, Sturm Ruger fell 6.6 percent and American Outdoor Brands fell 3.2 percent on Feb. 28 after companies like Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods and L.L. Bean have all changed their policies to prohibit people under the age of 21 from purchasing rifles.

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