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Gun-Buyer Background Checks Up 17.7% in Ohio


DAYTON, Ohio - Ohio has seen a jump in FBI background checks on prospective gun buyers this year.

The Dayton Daily News reports the FBI ran nearly 248,000 checks for firearm purchases in Ohio during the first seven months of this year, according to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The number was up 17.7 percent from the same period in 2010.

Chairman Jim Irvine of the Buckeye Firearms Association says more people want to own guns because of fears about the economy and whether British-style riots could happen here. Other gun-rights groups point to more relaxed handgun regulations in the state, while one shooting supply store says more people are enjoying firing ranges.

Stories from the Associated Press.