Threats of terrorism and a potential Hillary Clinton administration were enough to tip the scales on gun sales in America to record levels in 2016.

According to the Washington Examiner, FBI background check numbers totaled some 27,538,673 for 2016. That’s 4 million more than in 2015, and nearly double the number in President Obama’s first year as president. These background check numbers roughly equate to gun sales, and do not include guns sold to or given to friends and family.

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Additionally, as terrorist attacks around the world and in the U.S. increased, people were driven to seek personal protection. Gun sales hit record numbers for 19 months in a row. The increase paralleled the amount of people seeking to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon.

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