Record Number of Gun Background Checks Before Election

In October, 2.3 million background checks for gun purchases were processed.

"The approximate number of firearms units sold has increased. Part of that is because we’re seeing a population increase across the country, it’s currently hunting season and there is a pre-election impact," said Jurgen Brauer, an economics professor at Georgia's Augusta University who specializes in the firearm industry. "Right now, there is a likelihood that a Democratic candidate is going to win, and industry sales reflect that."

Clinton would like to ban several types of assault weapons and repeal protections for gunmakers. She has said she would create a comprehensive background check system and close loopholes.

In the wake of deadly shooting rampages like the one in June in Orlando, Florida, the country has debated tighter gun laws and, more specifically, the availability of military-style weapons.

Largely because of inaction in Congress, however, the gun control debate is no longer front and center at the federal level. But in a handful of states, including California, voters will decide on gun initiatives next week.

"Industry talk appears to suggest that a Clinton win will unleash new federal level firearms legislation. But so-called anti-gun advocacy groups have begun to shift their legislative and lobbying efforts more to the state levels than continuing at the federal level," said Brauer.

His seat remains vacant, meaning the next president could appoint his successor.

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