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Texas leads nation in firearm purchases
EL PASO, Texas--New statistics announced by the FBI reveal more people bought guns last year than ever before.
2013 saw a record high in the number of firearm background checks for guns sold in the country.
Texas leads the nation with more than 1.6 million people, who applied for a background checks in 2013.
Kentucky came in second, with more than 1.5 million applicants, and California third with 1.3 million applicants.
New Mexico came in the bottom, with only 156,333 applicants in 2013.
The numbers were collected by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, also known as the NICS.
The agency is in charge of checking your background when you apply to purchase a firearm.
According to the agency, more than 21 million people in the nation applied for background checks in 2013.
The feds say that's about 1.5 million more than 2012.
It's the largest amount of background checks ever recorded.
The NICS has been tracking the numbers since 1998.
Experts say the spike may be due to fear caused by gun rights activists after President Barack Obama implemented 12 new gun control measures in 2013.
The National Journal reports he's expected to introduce two more gun control laws this year.
While these statistics represent only the number of background checks conducted, the FBI said these background checks are the leading indicator of gun sales in the country.
They said their numbers can be mirrored by financial data released by fire-arm companies released in 2013.
Gun stores also reported a spike in ammunition sales last year because of new gun control measures that were passed last year.