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Estimated gun sales on the upswing in October, still trail 2016 by double digits

Estimated gun sales on the upswing in October, still trail 2016 by double digits

Gun sales increased last month, but still trail 2016 by a double digit margin (Photo: Morgan Lee/AP)

Gun sales increased last month, but still trail 2016 by a double digit margin (Photo: Morgan Lee/AP)

Estimated gun sales climbed over 12 percent in October after a sluggish third quarter, according to federal data.

Dealers processed just over 2 million applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month — a 13 percent decline over 2016, the biggest on record for gun sales. Guns.com removes permit applications and rechecks from the monthly total to more accurately pinpoint sales, though the measurement isn’t exact.

Estimated sales in October topped 1 million for the first time in six months, federal data shows. Dealers transferred just under 520,000 handguns and more than 480,000 long guns — the busiest month for the category so far this year.

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