The FBI did 1.9 million background checks in September.
The number of guns being sold in the U.S. just keeps going up and up. So, it should be no surprise that September was yet another record month for firearms sales.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports 1,992,219 background checks were performed in September. It really shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, as background check numbers and firearms sales have both been surging since May of last year.
ABC News reports that every month since then has broken a new record for the number of checks.
An adjusted total that removes re-checks and permit checks shows that the number for September was slightly lower than August, but it’s looking like this year is on a record pace.
“I think people’s fear is that the future administration could be even worse,” Sacramento-based Capital Gun club owner Joe Deaser told ABC News.
While September was big, RT.com notes that last December, Americans closed out 2015 in dramatic fashion in terms of gun buying: 3,314,594 background checks were performed.
As the November elections draw ever nearer, Gun sales will likely continue to rise. Last year was a record year with 23.1 million background checks, and 2016 is already at 19.8 with most of October, November and December ahead of us still.