Black Friday sales drove record-setting levels of background checks for firearms purchases last week.
Unlike other indicators of consumer spending, firearm sales were up, up, up in 2013.
NICS checks for firearms sales are a measure of how robust the industry's sales are, and 2013 is poised to set more records.
Restrictive new firearms regulations set to become effective in Maryland beginning Oct. 1 have created such a cumbersome backlog within the state's background check system, the State Police announced this week it would temporarily waive enforcement of part of the law's provisions.
Reflecting a national trend, firearm-related violent crime continues to plummet in Virginia as the sales of firearms soar, an indicator reported by a leading state newspaper as particularly inconsistent, "given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws."
Purchases of firearms and ammunition by Americans for personal protection, sporting purposes and hunting in 2012 broke all previous records.