The trend is still up for gun sales. Last month, the FBI-administered National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), had the most calls into its background-check database for any July in NICS’ 17-year history. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for firearms manufacturers, its “adjusted” figure for the month was 946,528 background checks called in. Now, a background check doesn’t necessarily mean a gun was sold. It could even mean a person bought multiple guns. But this figure is seen as a good indicator of the volume in gun sales. As this was an increase of 15.9 percent over the July 2014 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 816,588 calls into NICS, it clearly shows interest in guns is still high in the U.S.