The FBI says a new background check record for gun sales was reached in 2015.
According to the agency, 21,141,970 background checks were performed last year. That eclipses the former record set in 2013 when 21,093,273 checks were performed.
That means it’s likely that more guns were purchased in 2015 than any other year on record.
FBI background checks are conducted for all gun sales that go through a federally licensed dealer, which is how the majority of guns are sold.
Sales spiked as the US faced a record number of mass shootings in a single year. Following mass shootings and Presidential addresses about those shootings, gun sales tend to spike as buyers believe gun control measures might make it harder for them to purchase weapons in the future.
The FBI says the month of December was the biggest on record as the agency performed 3,314,594 background checks.
December marked the first time since the FBI started running background checks in 1998 that the 3 million barrier had been broken.
In December two terrorists killed 14 people in San Bernardino.
The previous record for background checks was December 2012, when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
FBI background checks help eliminate anyone with felony convictions, mental illness, a history of domestic violence, and drug abuse.
While President Obama has failed to get his gun control bill through Congress, many states have begun to place their own checks and balances into place.
We can probably expect gun sales to spike in the first half of January 2016 as Obama plans to take executive action in the next few days to expand background checks.