More on the number of guns sold this year chart at the link.
2016 continues on its record breaking pace to become the year with the most gun sales ever. It is not a squeaker. 2016 pulled ahead out of the gate and has been gaining ground ever since. The 2016 NICS checks are far ahead of those for 2015, the previous record holder.
In 2015, the total NICS checks for the year were 23,141,970 . In 2015, through June, the numbers were 10,466,243. Through July, they were 12,067,075. Through August, 2015, they were 13,812,485. For 2016 through June they are 13,829,491.
2016 is already two months ahead of the 2015 record. It is 32% ahead of where 2015 was at this time. If this pace continues, 2016 will end up with over 30 million background checks for the year.