Record number of US gun purchasing checks in December

A school bus is driven towards Chalk Hill School, where Sandy Hook pupils will be taught. Credit: Reuters / Carlo Allegri

The FBI has said it carried out a record number of background checks for US gun purchases in December, with 2.8 million during the month that saw the Connecticut school massacre.

The public drive for firearms was 49 per cent higher than last December, when the FBI performed a then-record 1.9 million checks, and greatly surpassed the record set in November of two million checks.

Meanwhile, pupils at Sandy Hook Elementary School today have visited the new school where they will continue their education in the wake of the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown.

The children's classes at the repurposed Chalk Hill School in the neighbouring town of Monroe begin tomorrow.