It appears more guns were sold in the United States during just the first 11 months of 2016 than in any previous year.

More than 24.7 million criminal background checks for gun transactions were processed between the start of this year and the end of November, according to data from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

By comparison, about 23.1 million such checks were processed in all of 2015, which was the highest total ever for a single year dating back to the late 1990s, when the NICS began.

Those figures do not show how many guns were sold (no data like that exists), but the background check numbers are considered the best available indicator of gun sale trends.

The total number of checks for 2016 will likely grow significantly once the final month of the year is in the books. In most previous years, December was the busiest month for background checks. Last year, a record 3.3 million checks were processed in December.

Each of the past 19 months have set new monthly records for background checks, and Black Friday this year set a new record for the highest number of checks in a single day.

A total of 185,713 checks were processed on Black Friday, which narrowly edged out Black Friday last year when 185,345 checks were processed, the data show.

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