FBI: September Was 17th Consecutive Month of Record Background Checks

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The latest figures from the FBI show that September was the 17th consecutive month of record background checks for retail gun sales.

The previous FBI record for September was set in September 2015, when 1,795,102 background checks were performed.

According to FBI figures, September 2016 witnessed 1,992,219 checks — an increase of nearly 200,000 over the previous record. And September comes on the heels of August, which broke the previous August’s record by nearly 100,000 background checks.

Breitbart News previously reported that the record background check streak began in May 2015, when more background checks were conducted than had been conducted in any May on record. The same thing happened in June 2015, July 2015, August 2015, and so on. Then, in 2016, May broke the May 2015 record, June broke the June 2015 record, and so on.

It is important to remember that the number of background checks conducted in a single month is not an exact indicator of the number of guns sold, and this is because background checks are conducted on the buyer rather than the number of guns purchased by the buyer. This means the 1,992,219 background checks conducted in September may actually represent nearly four million guns sold (if every buyer purchases two guns). And if every buyer purchased three guns, it means 1,992,219 checks equals nearly six million guns sold.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.