According to NICS estimates, there were 1,992,219 background checks in September, a significant increase compared to the 1,795,102 during the same month last year.
The record-setting streak began in May 2015, and, for 17 consecutive months, gun sales have increased. If the trend continues, 2016 will easily break last year's 12-month record of 23,141,970 background checks. Currently, 19,872,694 background checks on American citizens seeking to purchase firearms have been recorded this year.
Meanwhile, experts say that, based on the weapons being purchased, sales have spiked due to an increasing interest in self-defense and hunting.
"Sales of handguns and AR's have been very strong for the past two months. Hunting rifles have been about average for this time of year," Scott Blick, a managing partner at Ammunition Depot, told the Washington Examiner. "Ammunition sales are definitely following that pattern with sales of 9mm ammo and.223 ammo being extremely strong."
According to a recent Pew poll on gun ownership, about 110 million US citizens report having a gun in their home.