COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans didn't need news of the latest gun-related tragedy in Colorado to decide to buy a gun or get a concealed weapons permit.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that gun purchases by Buckeye State residents have been trending up for years, despite the decrease in violent and property crime.
The FBI ran 276,156 background checks -- the seventh-most in the United States -- on Ohio gun buyers in the first half of this year.
The total is projected at more than 550,000 checks for 2012, which would be an 18-percent increase over the year before.
Background checks by the FBI in Ohio last year increased by 19 percent over 2010.
Gun dealers say it's driven by the perception that crime is up locally amid a bad economy.
The Associated Press