2016 Smashed Previous Gun Sales Record

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The FBI ran 27.5 million gun-related background checks in 2016—about 4.4 million more than any other year on record.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 2,771,159 background checks in December, bringing 2016’s total to 27,538,673, according to FBI records posted on Wednesday. That dwarfs the firearms check record of 23,141,970 set the previous year.