RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Transactions at gun shows declined by 21 percent during the same period, from 24,870 to 20,492.
Robert Marcus owns Bob's Gun Shop in Norfolk. He says he's surprised that the sales decline isn't greater because 2013 was an aberration.
Nearly 480,000 transactions were recorded in 2013, an all-time high. State police began doing criminal background checks in late 1989.
Virginia Commonwealth University assistant professor Thomas R. Baker says 2014 remains on pace to be the second-highest year for gun transactions.