June 2016 has seen more than 2.1 million background checks, which is 600,000 more than last years record breaking month of June.
For the first six months of 2016, there has been a 32% increase, or 3.4 million more background checks completed. Gun sales are on pace to have the biggest year on record.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which publishes the amount of background checks being conducted, is the best indicator of gun sales throughout the United States. The number is not exact representation of guns sold since some states do not require background checks on sales between private parties and secondary markets. Some background checks can also represent more than one sale to an individual. Removing the permit checks helps to better reflect the amount of guns sold. The adjusted total shows that there were 1.15 million guns sold, including 582,821 handguns and 423,697 long guns.
The background check system has seen incremental growth since it was first implemented in 1998.
Since the Orlando terrorist attack that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, there has been a spike in the amount of guns being sold. Many gun rights activists believe that the spike in sales is due to fears that new gun control legislation will be passed.