The Federal Bureau of Investigation ran more firearms-related background checks in May 2017 than in any previous May, indicating record gun sales.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) registered 1,942,677 checks this May, according to FBI documents posted Thursday. That represents an increase of over 70,000 checks from the previous record set in 2016. May represents the first time that NICS processed more checks during a month in 2017 than it did in 2016.
The new record comes after many in the media have said the gun industry is in a slump related to the election of President Donald Trump. While the beginning of 2017 saw a drop-off in NICS checks compared with the same time last year, they remained historically high. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, an industry group, said for months their analysis of the raw NICS check numbers show gun sales were at or above record levels in March and April. The group’s analysis also found May’s sales set a new record.
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