In the first quarter of 2008, there were 105,856 firearms checks in Pennsylvania, compared to 130,375 in the first quarter of 2009, Trooper Paul K. Anderson said.

National background checks for gun sales also are up. Between November and March, use of the FBI’s background check system, which is required each time a federally licensed gun dealer makes a sale, rose 29.3 percent over the same period the year before.

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