NICS checks for firearms sales are a measure of how robust the industry's sales are, and 2013 is poised to set more records.
Unlike other indicators of consumer spending, firearm sales were up, up, up in 2013.
Black Friday sales drove record-setting levels of background checks for firearms purchases last week.
Nearly twice as many background checks for firearm purchases during President Obama's first 51 months in office compared with his predecessor.
Gun sales set a new record on Black Friday 2017, as the NICS background-check system recorded more than 200,000 requests in a single day.