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Gun background checks decline in January

WASHINGTON — The number of federal background checks for firearms sales declined in the United States last month, as retailers continue to run out of guns to sell during a buying spree driven by Washington’s focus on gun control.

Background checks decreased 10 percent nationally between December and January, with large declines in the Southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia as well as Texas, according to an analysis of new FBI data published Tuesday.

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