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Record-breaking gun sales continue for ninth month in a row

by Kelly - Mar 4, 2016

handgun-231699_640The FBI performed an astounding 2,613,074 background checks over the 29 days in February, making it the ninth month in a row that has a seen a record number of gun sales:

This February's numbers bested the previous record, set in 2013, by more than 300,000 checks. In the first two months of 2016, there were 5,158,876 checks run through the FBI's National Instant Background Check System. That's more than half the 10,036,933 checks run in all of 2006, just a decade ago.

This year is a continuation of a record-setting trend, which began in 2015. February 2016 is the tenth month in a row to set a record. 2015 also holds the all-time record for background checks in a single year.

FBI background checks are considered a reliable gauge of how many guns have been sold in a given period of time. All gun sales made through federally licensed gun dealers must include a background check. Some states also require all sales between private parties to include a background check.

The continuing sales spike comes in the wake of Barack Obama's efforts to enact executive action on gun control, as well as Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's vocal support for Australian-style gun confiscation.

However, it's not looking completely grim for the Second Amendment. After Virginia's Democratic attorney general announced plans to unilaterally eliminate the commonwealth's concealed carry agreements with 25 other states, the backlash actually resulted in a deal to expand Virginia's gun carry recognition. The legislation was signed into law at the end of February.