With President Obama’s January executive actions on gun control setting the stage, gun sales once again broke records last month. More than 2.5 million background checks were performed by the FBI in March—a new record for the month by nearly 35,000 over the previous March peak in 2014.
March marks an 11th straight record for monthly checks, stretching back to May of last year. In that span, all-time marks have been set for both monthly and yearly sales, with 7,682,141 checks processed. Currently, gun sales are on track to set another yearly record in 2016.
Escalating sales seem to correspond with increasingly harsh anti-gun rhetoric from Democrats like President Obama and Hillary Clinton.