Nationally, guns outnumber both cars and people.
Kentucky, California and Texas currently top the nation in the number of people getting federal background checks in the process of acquiring a gun.
From January 1 to September 30, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted more than 2.3 million background checks on Kentuckians buying guns, along with nearly 1.2 million checks in California and roughly 1.1 million in Texas. Kentucky’s population currently numbers 4.4 million, which means the FBI carried out one firearms background check for roughly every two Kentucky residents.
Under the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act, passed in 1993, anyone seeking to buy a gun from a licensed dealer must complete a background check, typically conducted through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. So far this year, the FBI has completed more than 15.6 million background checks on Americans looking to get a gun.