(Bloomberg) Americans’ fondness for snapping up firearms—and the fear they will become tougher to buy—appears to finally be waning a bit.

During recent months, the number of background checks conducted by the FBI (PDF) marked the first year-over-year drop in almost two years. In August, for instance, the FBI processed 1.4 million inquiries into potential gun buyers, down 7 percent from August 2012. Here’s a look at demand for background checks over time:

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