The FBI released data Wednesday showing that more than 27 million firearms were sold in the United States in 2016,: a record high, reports the New York Daily News.
The story says that backlash over Hillary Clinton’s gun policies and concerns over terror threats drove sales that topped previous years by more than 4 million and is more than double the number sold during President Obama’s first year in office. The 2016 tally of exactly 27,538,673 doesn’t include private gun sales not requiring a background check.
As usual, these numbers are based on the number of NICS background checks processed by the FBI. The number doesn’t reveal the number of checks that were denied, or checks that were used for purposes other than gun sales, but it’s a fair indicator of the number of firearms sold in the country.
Gun sales have broken records for 19 months in a row, according to this story from the Washington Examiner. Sales only slowed slightly in December, the month after Donald Trump’s election.
The story says the increase in guns sold has gone hand in hand with an increase in concealed carry permit applications across the country.
Since 1998, when the FBI started processing background checks for gun purchases as part of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, the bureau has processed more than 220 million background check requests.
We have reported previously that, among the many first-time gun buyers adding to these record-breaking totals, many are women, and that women are applying for concealed carry permits in higher numbers every year.