2016: Biggest year in history for gun sales

2016: Biggest year in history for gun sales
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Well, besides President-elect Donald J. Trump’s stunning upset win over Hillary Clinton, 2016 will also be known as another record year in gun sales. In fact, more guns have been sold this year than ever before in history. Stephen Gutowski of The Washington Free Beacon reported about this earlier this month:

More gun-related FBI background checks were done in 2016 than in any other year in history after November set yet another record for gun sales in the United States.

So far this year, the FBI has processed 24,767,514 checks through its National Instant Criminal Background Check System, known as NICS, which puts 2016 more than 160,000 checks above the yearly record set in 2015. The record comes after November 2016 set its own monthly record with 2,561,281 checks, nearly 320,000 more than the previous record set last November. This gun sales spike has lasted for over a year and resulted in monthly records for 19 straight months.

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