President Barack Obama has glibly been awarded the title of the World’s Greatest Guns Salesman during his seven years in office, and it appears that his eighth and final year will be his most successful ever.
According to the FBI, the NICS background check system, which serves as a proxy for gun sales, reported 1,870,000 background checks in the month of May, the highest in recorded history and enough to re-equip the entire United States military. That is 290,000 more background checks than last May, 440,000 more than May of 2014, and 850,000 less than Obama’s first May in office in 2009.
NICS background checks are a known undercount proxy for actual gun sales, as a number of states allow concealed carry permit holders (which undergo far more rigorous background checks) to buy guns without additional NICS checks, and one NICS check can cover multiple simultaneous firearms purchases from FFLs, and private sales of personal firearms also do not go through NICS checks in most states.
It is very reasonable to conclude that there were more than two million firearms sold in May in the United States.