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It’s been a blazing-hot summer for gun sales which in September hit a record high for the fifth month in a row.

The FBI National Instant Background Check System indicates that 1,795, 102 prospective gun owners were processed in September. DigitalJournal measures the number of background checks conducted as “a reasonable gauge of total gun sales.”

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Meanwhile, major gun manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm Ruger have seen their stock value nearly double since the beginning of 2015.

Gun sales have been on the rise as President Obama pushes for stricter gun control and anti-gun activists call on Democratic presidential candidates to seek tougher gun restrictions.

“We are seeing new record highs in gun sales due to the increased anti-gun rhetoric from Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of Second Amendment Foundation. “Their push for new restrictions on gun ownership is fueling gun sales. If they really want fewer guns in private hands they should consider what happens every time they open their mouths. The talks of tighter gun control generally go nowhere.”

Following the recent mass-shooting deaths at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, gun sales are expected to rise. According to Digital Journal, historical records indicate gun sales have increased following every mass shooting in recent years.

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