Background checks for gun purchases rise every year

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) 2018 saw new gun laws go into effect across the country, as well as here in the gem state.

But what does that mean for gun sales?

At Reds Trading Post in Twin Falls, general manager Ryan Horsley told KMVT that while gun sales often fluctuate year to year, background checks have gone up almost every year for the past 20 years.

In 2018, 23 million background checks were done nationwide, with Idaho being in the top 5 states with the most background checks per 1,000 residents, according to a study done by Your Local Security.

Horsley explained what kind of things prevent you from passing it, besides being a convicted felon.

“We also look for straw purchases. If a person is attempting to purchase a firearm for someone who cannot purchase a firearm, so for instance that's something else we look for,” Horsley explained.

Those straw purchases can actually lead to jail time, as well as a fine of up to $250,000.

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